Period Pills Today

Today, period pills are used in some other countries, such as Bangladesh, where abortion is highly legally restricted. In these settings, people with late periods who don’t want to be pregnant are able to access abortion medications as long as their pregnancy status is not confirmed before they take the medications. Period pills are also used in Cuba, where abortion is legal.

Period Pills in the
United States Today

Period pills are now available in five states! You can access them via telehealth in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. All providers listed are part of the Period Pills Fund, which will help subsidize the cost of period pills for those who need it.

 

Period Pills in Other Countries Today 

The concept of interventions that ensure non-pregnancy without first establishing whether or not a pregnancy exists is not new, and exists cross-culturally.  Both Bangladesh and Cuba formally promote menstrual regulation as a fertility control option, and anecdotally, this concept is culturally resonant in at least some parts of Burma/Myanmar, India, Indonesia, and throughout Latin America.

Bangladesh

Though abortion is illegal in Bangladesh, menstrual regulation, which ensures a state of non-pregnancy when menses are delayed, has been both legal and promoted in Bangladesh since 1979.  It is available up to ten weeks after a person’s last menstrual period, and may be done using medication or by a procedure like vacuum aspiration.  Researchers believe that access to menstrual regulation has been an important factor in decreasing maternal mortality in Bangladesh.  The Guttmacher Institute provides more information on menstrual regulation in Bangladesh.

Cuba

In Cuba, menstrual regulation is one of a suite of government-provided fertility options that include contraception and safe, legal abortion.  Unlike in Bangladesh, where menstrual regulation takes the place of legalized abortion, in Cuba it is a very early alternative available in the first two weeks after a period is missed and before a legal abortion can be offered.