Can I get Misoprostol (Cytotec) over the Counter in South Africa

Can I get Misoprostol (cytotec) over the counter in South Africa? The answer is NO. You can not walk into a pharmacy like Dischem or Clicks and ask for Misoprostol.

You will not be assisted in South Africa at a pharmacy. The pharmacies will call for a prescription and they know that you do not have one.

But you can get Misoprostol or Cytotec but it will not be over the counter.

Misoprostol is a highly controlled medication that is only available from your doctor.

Even at the doctors place you will have to go through some checks and thereafter get the pills.

The reason for the controls of this medication is that it is a termination medicine that can result into a miscarriage from as early as 9 weeks to as late as 9 months.

Misoprostol is so powerful in terminating pregnancies that it is also used to induce labour when a woman is due to give birth.

For this reason it is not a medicine that is just dispensed all over the show and more so over the counter.


Where do I get the abortion Pill in South Africa?

You will have to go to your termination doctor. Your doctor will talk to you and understand how far you are into your pregnancy and then will give you the abortion pill.

Remember 12 weeks and below you do not have to have a reason to terminate.

You just have to make a decision that you do want to go through the with the pregnancy and you can terminate it. No questions are asked.

After the 12th week you may have to explain yourself to the doctor depending on where you are trying to get help. That is what the law says. It is not about anything, it is the demand of the law.

But it is not difficult to get the abortion pill. Actually it is good to have the abortion pills readily available because they save women from dangerous abortion practices.

Keeping these pills away from pregnant women means that they will do anything including dangerous things to stop the pregnancies. So, these termination pills are life savers for the women.

The abortion pills are very safe and very effective. You just have to get the right pills and the right dose and know how to use them and you are ready to go.


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Published by Dr Thembi

Dr Thembi MbChB - Mendusa. Am a professionally trained medical doctor with interest in women reproductive health and sexuality. I help women avoid dangerous termination practices by focusing them on what they can do to terminate safely even when they do not want to use public clinics.

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