The pill is used by women worldwide, but what options do you have whilst in Dubai and UAE?
26 March 2018| Last updated on 22 March 2023
(Edited on October 2020) When it comes to birth control in the UAE, there’s a few misconceptions.
In fact, the contraceptive pill is available to women here due to its several benefits beyond protection from pregnancy, like painful periods and skin issues.
What isn’t available for women here is the emergency contraception pill – more on this is explained in our guide below.
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To help ensure you’re clued-up about what’s available to you in Dubai and the UAE, here’s our guide to birth control and the contraceptive pill in Dubai…
What types of contraceptive pills are available in UAE?
There are over 20 types of birth control and contraceptive pills registered and available to women in the UAE. Here in Dubai, you’ll find Yasmin, Yaz, Diane, Belara, Marvelon, Gynera, Logynon and Cerazette.
You can double check if your brand of pill is available by using the search function on the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi website.
Are unmarried women able to get contraceptive pills in Dubai and UAE?
Sex is prohibited outside of marriage in the UAE, and therefore, it is illegal for unmarried women to obtain prescription birth control pills and any other method of contraception.
But, you can obtain contraceptive pills in the UAE to help treat conditions like heavy periods and acne over the counter, without the need for a prescription.
It is, however, advisable that you see a doctor before taking contraceptive pills in the UAE to avoid any potential health issues you might encounter.
Do you need a prescription to get the pill in Dubai and UAE?
Birth control can be purchased over the counter in Dubai pharmacies and thus it has become increasingly easier for women to seek contraceptive options, and treatment for acne or periods.
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Despite being available or not, women should see a doctor before starting the pill for the first time, or changing to a different pill… As not all pills are suitable for all women.
Are you allowed to bring the pill into the UAE from your home country?
Yes, you are able to bring the contraceptive pill from your home country into the UAE without the need for the original prescription.
Alternatives to the pill in Dubai and UAE
As well as the popular contraceptive pill, there are other methods of preventing pregnancy available in the country.
Discuss these options with your doctor - barrier methods available include diaphragms and condoms. For hormonal contraceptions like the pill, opt for a vaginal ring or injection. IUDs are also available for long-acting, adjustable contraception.
Can you get the emergency contraceptive pill in Dubai?
The morning-after pill is banned in the UAE due to the misconception that it is a form of abortion, rather than an interceptive. Because of its promotion as an abortifacient, which means it causes an abortion, it is prohibited to get in the UAE. Abortion at any stage is haram in Islam.