People, married or not, are sexually active. Things happen, and we’re betting that if you’re reading this you don’t want to get pregnant or contract an STD.
Obviously, Egypt is not a hub for sexual health education or services – and we don’t claim to be experts, but here’s a very basic guide to not getting screwed while you get screwed.
We’re all about getting busy, but stay safe.
Condoms – Don’t be silly, wrap your willy!
Sex is definitely cleaner with a packaged wiener. Condoms, available in almost all pharmacies and gas stations, are the only form of protection that will keep you safe from both STDs and pregnancy. When used correctly, they are 97% effective against pregnancy.
They’re not cheap (60LE for a Durex pack of 12), but they’re cheaper than an abortion, a wedding, or a college fund.
Helpful tip: If a man refuses to wear a condom because ‘he won’t enjoy sex’, get all ecstatic on him and tell him you’re happy that he wants to start a family as well. Or ditch him.
Not super comfortable about buying them in person? Most major pharmacies will deliver them to your door, no questions asked.
The Morning After Pill – Plan B.
Maybe you used a condom and it split or maybe you didn’t use anything – don’t shit your pants just yet, pregnancy is still very much avoidable. Most people aren’t aware that Emergency Contraception in Egypt is subsidised by the state (shocking, right?).
Available over-the-counter in most pharmacies without a prescription, Contraplan will save your ass for the very reasonable price of LE4.50. To ensure its availability, hit one of the bigger pharmacies that deliver. Most effective when taken within 72 hours of intercourse, and should not be used as an alternative to birth control. It does not protect from STDs.
If you’re having sex regularly, regular and reliable birth control is advisable. Yasmin contraceptive pills are available in most pharmacies without a prescription or a doctor’s check-up for the irresponsible (or desperate) amongst you for LE39.50 per month. There has been controversy surrounding Yasmin and its links to serious illnesses (blood clots and DVT), so it’s probably in your best interest to get the go-ahead from a doctor. We are not doctors. Birth control pills do not protect you from STDs.
Egypt seems to be convinced that birth control pills will affect your future ability to bear children – there is no proof of this, and it’s an excuse often used to deprive women of taking control of their reproductive systems.
These are a little bit harder to get your hands on if you’re unmarried, but we have faith that there are ethical gynaecologists somewhere in Cairo. Other options for reliable birth control include the injection, an Intra-Uterine Device (IUD), female condoms, the patch, or the implant.
It’s not cheap, but if in doubt, you should definitely get tested. Al Mokhtabar Laboratories provide packages to test for the most common STDs (Syphilis, Herpes, Gonorrhoea, AIDS/HIV, Chlamydia, and more) .
Definitely do your own research and make sure you’re happy with your selected method(s) of protection.