Getting your hands on birth control pills is set to become more regulated in Dubai, as authorities have noted intentions to make it prescription-only, in line with the Abu Dhabi regulations.
According to Gulf Business, “Pharmacies in the emirate have been warning buyers that the rule change will soon take effect, leading to mass purchases and a shortage of stock in some outlets.”
The publication went on explaining the proposed random checks of pharmacies, in order to regulate the prescription-only rule, explaining, “The health authority has also been conducting inspections of pharmacies to ensure they are no longer offering the pill over the counter, according to staff… Sex outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE and other forms of contraception like the morning after pill are banned.”
The pill’s main use is as a birth control, but, according to NHS Direct, other advantages of the medication include:
- It can sometimes reduce acne
- It may protect against pelvic inflammatory disease
- It may reduce the risk of fibroids, ovarian cysts and non-cancerous breast disease
- Often making bleeds regular, lighter and less painful
- Reducing your risk of cancer of the ovaries, womb and colon
- It can reduce symptoms of PMS
This up and coming rule change places Dubai’s regulation in line with that of Abu Dhabi, where a prescription is required to obtain the birth control pill.