birth control / emergency contraception
Tri-phasic and monophasic oral contraceptives are available at the clinic for dispensing. Prescriptions can also be issued if dispensing at an outside pharmacy is preferred. The types of oral contraceptives available in Japan are quite limited in comparison to other countries. If you require a specific brand, an equivalent product may not be available here.
Injectable contraceptives (Depo-provera, e.g.), contraceptive implants, and extended-cycle oral contraceptives are generally not available. IUDs (intrauterine devices) are available, but not a popular method and are typically placed by gynecologists. We do not place or remove IUDs at our clinic.
Please note that consultations for dispensing of oral contraceptives and the cost of the medications are not covered by National Health Insurance. Consultations that are only for the prescription of oral contraceptives are ¥3,000 and the cost of a one month supply dispensed in-house is ¥2,500 (plus tax). Prescriptions can also be issued in which case the cost of the medication may vary depending on the pharmacy.
Emergency contraceptives (the "morning after pill") are also available at the clinic.
NorLevo®, a progestin-only pill similar to "Plan B" is available by prescription. Planovar, a progestin-estrogen combination pill, is also available for this purpose, and can be dispensed directly to you at the clinic. We also stock a limited supply of ella® (ulipristal), which is a progesterone receptor modulator. ella® is not yet approved in Japan, but has been available in Europe since 2009 and the U.S. since 2010.
Use within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse is recommended for maximum effectiveness, although ella® appears to maintain effectiveness up to 120 hours. Additional general information is available here. For information on ella®, see here.
The cost for consultation and medication for Planovar is ¥3,400 (plus tax). For NorLevo®, a consultation fee of ¥3,000 yen is charged and the medication can be obtained at a prescription pharmacy at an estimated cost of ¥15,000, which will vary depending on the pharmacy. ella® is dispensed in the clinic for a total fee of ¥9,500. A urine pregnancy test and completion of a consent form is required prior to dispensing of ella®.
PLEASE NOTE: Material presented here does not constitute medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Consultation with a physician is recommended before the use of any medication. Prices and services are subject to change without notice.