Question: Is contraception illegal in Ireland?

In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives.

Why was contraception illegal in Ireland?

Contraception was made illegal in the Republic of Ireland in 1935 following the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Act. The ban, as Sandra McAvoy has pointed out, arguably delayed the emancipation of Irish women – not least by subordinating their rights to life and health to their reproductive functions.

Do you have to pay for contraception in Ireland?

If you have a medical card, you are entitled to free GP services including contraceptive advice and prescriptions for contraceptive drugs and devices. There is a prescription charge for items you get from pharmacies under the medical card scheme.

How much is the pill per month in Ireland?

A prescription for the pill can be obtained from a doctor or a family planning clinic. The contraceptive pill costs between €5 and €8 per pack and a consultation for a three- to six-month prescription costs €60, and €45 for repeat.

If you are under 17, the law is unclear as to your right to be prescribed contraception. Some doctors will prescribe contraceptives to young people under 17, but others will refuse. You can access all forms of contraception at 17, which is the legal age of consent to have sex.

Can I buy condoms in Ireland?

You can buy male and female condoms from family planning clinics, sexual health clinics and some GUM clinics. You can buy them from a pharmacy or by mail order as well as from vending machines, supermarkets, garages and other shops. Female condoms are not as widely available.

The Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act 1985 liberalised the law by allowing condoms and spermicides to be sold to people over 18 without having to present a prescription; however sale was limited to categories of places named in the act.

Do you need a prescription for birth control in Ireland?

You can use your prescription to buy your contraceptive pill at any Irish pharmacy.

Where can I buy condoms in Ireland?

You can buy male and female condoms from family planning clinics, sexual health clinics and some GUM clinics. You can buy them from a pharmacy or by mail order as well as from vending machines, supermarkets, garages and other shops. Female condoms are not as widely available.

Can you get Yasmin pill in Ireland?

You will receive your Yasmin prescription via post and you can use it to buy your pill at any pharmacy in Ireland.

Can a 17 year old buy condoms in Ireland?

Unlike hormonal forms of contraception, there is no legal age limit to buying condoms in Ireland. However, shops do have the right to refuse to sell you anything, so if a very young person was to buy condoms, understandably this might set off some alarm bells.

Are condoms free in Ireland?

The National Condom Distribution Service (NCDS) distributes free condoms and lubricant sachets to services working directly with population groups who may be at increased risk of unplanned pregnancy, HIV or STIs.

Can you get the pill at 16 without parents?

A doctor or other health professional can provide contraceptive advice and treatment to those under 16, without parental consent, in certain circumstances. Doctors and other health professionals must try to obtain a young persons consent to involve their parents before providing contraceptive advice or treatment.

What year could you buy condoms in Ireland?

In 1978, the Irish Family Planning Act allowed the provision of contraceptives under prescription, and finally in 1985, condoms and spermicides could be sold without prescription.

How do I get a prescription for birth control in Ireland?

Just complete a short health questionnaire and one of our doctors will review your order. One of our doctors will confirm whether its safe for you to keep using the pill, and theyll issue your prescription. We prescribe all common brands of the contraceptive pill that are currently available in Ireland.

How much is the morning after pill Ireland?

Its expected that the ellaOne morning-after pill will retail at pharmacies at about €35. Customers will need a prescription if they want to purchase it on their medical cards. This will be subject to a fee of €2.50, an issue which has recently been raised by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU).

Is Yasmin a good pill?

Yasmin has an average rating of 4.5 out of 10 from a total of 274 ratings for the treatment of Birth Control. 28% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 50% reported a negative effect.

How do I buy condoms in Ireland?

You can buy male and female condoms from family planning clinics, sexual health clinics and some GUM clinics. You can buy them from a pharmacy or by mail order as well as from vending machines, supermarkets, garages and other shops. Female condoms are not as widely available.

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