Birth Control Options in BA

MayaPapaya116

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Hi everyone,

So, I've been in Buenos Aires for about 8 months now, and am about to run out of my Nuva Ring prescription. Does any one know if I can get Nuva Ring here? And either way, does anyone know of a website that lists the birth control options available here (in case I need to do a little comparison research).

Thanks every one for the help!
 

EvergreenGal

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look on the threads here under, birth control pills, more than just the pill is discussed...also the forum that's "for women" should be of help.

I know the pill is the main BC used here and then maybe IUD...

Best of luck!

(I do have an appt. w/ my gyno Dr. in a few weeks, happy to ask her if you like, let me know)
 

syngirl

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Birth control pills are popular here because of their relative low expense. However IUDs are also available -- copper or the Mirena -- although not seen as often simply due to higher expense (I think the 5 year one is more expensive than it would be in North America, which is prohibitive to most women here, even though cheaper in the long run than other forms). You should be able to find most forms of birth control here -- they are available, they're just not popular because of the $$ involved in purchase.
 

Katie

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EvergreenGal said:
look on the threads here under, birth control pills, more than just the pill is discussed...also the forum that's "for women" should be of help.

I know the pill is the main BC used here and then maybe IUD...

Best of luck!

(I do have an appt. w/ my gyno Dr. in a few weeks, happy to ask her if you like, let me know)
I've tried looking for information here about the getting an IUD in Argentina, but this is the only post I could find. Has anyone done it here? I would really like to look into getting an IUD but I don't know where to start. I have an obra social through work, but I can't remember the name (it's new for me). If anyone would be willing to share their experiences with the procedure here I would be very appreciative.

Thanks a lot!
 

Napoleon

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Katie said:
I've tried looking for information here about the getting an IUD in Argentina, but this is the only post I could find. Has anyone done it here? I would really like to look into getting an IUD but I don't know where to start.
I know a local girl who has one. I can ask her. She'll probably wonder why I'm asking, get a little jealous, and start questioning what I've been up to recently, but ni importa.

I'll post what I find out.
 

syngirl

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There are two types of IUDs -- copper IUDs and the Mirena (plastic essentially but with a low hormone dosage as well). Copper IUDs are for 2 years and I've heard varying reports... Mirena IUDs are for 5 years. Before you can consider having an IUD you will have to go to a gynecologist to make sure your cervix is of ample diameter for insertion (if you've had a child, you'll be fine, if you haven't, an IUD may end up not being the right option for you)

When you meet with your gynecologist you will be able to discuss the pros and cons of the two IUDs... (by the way -- DIU here... devicio intra uteral or something like that). Mirena's are known here but not seen often because of the expense. I don't think the Mirena is covered by low-level obra social, and I'm not even sure if the copper ones are. Mirena is pretty expensive -- it's $300 in Canada, more in the States, so probably bet on about $400 USD here.

The gynecologist will give you a prescription for the IUD, you'll have to go to a pharmacy for purchase, if they don't have the one you order in stock it may take a few days, and then you have to return to your gynecologist for insertion.

My gynecologist was familiar with Mirena but she told me you just don't see it in Argentina, but really I don't think the insertion technique for a Copper IUD vs Mirena can be that much different.

My gynecologist is Dra Claudia Rey, she's on Cabildo, she's with OSDE, she speaks english, but I was actually looking for another one for ages just because she specialises more in menopause (I'm 33) and more than anything because when I went for my appointment at 9am I didn't even get in until 1pm and I can't be bothered to waste 4 hours for a doctor's appointment!

My friend goes to Dra Liliana Voto. Her clinic deals more with Maternal Fetal Medicine but she also has a gynecology clinic. However, I called them the other day and despite being listed as taking OSDE 210 the woman on the phone informed me that they no longer work with that level of obra social and that a consultation would cost 300 pesos! Forget it!

Anyway so sounds like your first step is to find a gynecologist -- if you're with OSDE I know their book lists a bunch of different ones and the languages they speak. At 210, there's not a lot of women gynes... I prefer going to a women so I'm going to suck it up and wait hours at the office of mine...
 

stephie

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To all the OSDE 210 ladies looking for a female gyno, I recently took the advice from someone on a thread here, and went to see Dr. Adriana Vilariño.

She is listed in the OSDE book, and her office is located on Santa Fe, conveniently right off of the Linea D subway. She was friendly, made me feel comfortable and insisted on speaking in english with me, even though I told her I didn't mind speaking in spanish.

I had a decent experience, for what I would expect with my insurance. And she only kept me waiting 15 minutes, so it wasn't so bad.
 

Katie

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Thanks a lot syngirl for the information. And thanks Napolean for looking into it- I look forward to your friend's reaction! I'm planning on seeing my gyno in the U.S. when I go home for the holidays but I think it might be better to get an IUD here since I'm going to be here for at least another year. But I'll see what she has to say and I'm glad to at least have a starting point if I decide to do it.
 

toccatango

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For now, I´m told that the Nuva Ring is only available in Brazil and Chile... someone please correct me if I´m wrong?
 
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