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I'm currently in France on my Erasmus year and I'll be going on holiday this Christmas and wont have time to return to my home country to get contraception in time, so I need to get it here in France.

I actually would like a "progrestatif intenjctable" an injection to prevent pregnancy.

I can't post urls but there is a site explaining all of the contraceptions, but I don't know if it applies to me as I am a foreigner.

the site is: choisirsacontraception fr


So if I go to the doctor, as a foreigner would I be able to have this. Also if the doctor doesn't have the equipment at my consultation, will I have to go back again, (paying another 23euros) to have the injection, plus the cost of the injection?

Thank you for any help... there is really no one I know who to talk to about this.
 

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Why not just carry condoms...? Personally, I don't really trust a lot of the contraceptive methods out there, and believe me I researched them.... I'd say condoms, or get a diaphragm with some vegan/organic gel.
 

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... or you could just refrain .....
 

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First of all, as long as you have a good insurance, it doesn't matter if you had to go to the doctor more than once, because you will be reimburse the sum you paid. It is just a female thing we are all concern about contraceptives. What i suggest to you is, do not go to a regular doctor but go see a gynecologist. Take your phone directory and call upon a few for an appointment. Explain your situation. If you are unable to do so in French, just ask a friend to do it for you. Gynecologists are the best because, before they tested you thoroughly to see if all is well. I also use the same method as you. Have a great day.
 

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I had to deal with obtaining birth control as a foreign student in France a few years ago. You should talk to your local Planning Familial office (Planning Familial). They'll be able to advise you on how and where to obtain the type of contraception you want, so at least you won't need visit multiple doctors. If you're in Paris, I can personally recommend the center on the Rue Vivienne as being friendly and helpful. If not, they've got information for all their other locations on their website.
 

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Generally speaking, if you go to the doctor lets say for a flu shot, you pay the 23€ say "Hello, I would like the flu shot". The doctor writes you an RX which you fill at the pharmacy. Doctors, from my very limited experience have no drugs in their offices. You make another doctor appointment before you leave. You go to the pharmacy, buy the shot, return to the doctors office, pay another 23€, get the shot and return to the pharmacy with the shot for them to dispose of and recycle the cold bag they put it into. This might not be correct for all cases, but so far, it has been my experience. Good luck and cheers!
 

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Generally speaking, if you go to the doctor lets say for a flu shot, you pay the 23€ say "Hello, I would like the flu shot". The doctor writes you an RX which you fill at the pharmacy. Doctors, from my very limited experience have no drugs in their offices. You make another doctor appointment before you leave. You go to the pharmacy, buy the shot, return to the doctors office, pay another 23€, get the shot and return to the pharmacy with the shot for them to dispose of and recycle the cold bag they put it into. This might not be correct for all cases, but so far, it has been my experience. Good luck and cheers!
doctor to give an injection?

once I have the medication I stick it in the fridge phone the local infirmier and she pops in and does it when on her rounds of visiting the sick !

if I remember she charged €7 to jab both my wife and myself last time , better than the €46 the doctor would have asked for
 

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What I have described is the specific experience our family has time and again. It might be different elsewhere in France but that is how it is with our doctor. Specialists might be different. Then again when my step daughter went to the Gyno recently, she had to go to the pharmacy for the anesthetic for the doctor to perform an implant removal from her arm in the office. Others might have other experiences but I have heard that the giving of injections here is highly regulated, limited to doctors and very specialized nurses. Cheers
 

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The local "visiting nurse" can do injections for you. There are nurses in private practice (don't know if they have to have a special training for this or not) who will come give you your shot at home, or in their "cabinet" however you prefer. When you hit the age for the free flu shots (65 and older), you just pick up the vaccine at the pharmacy and call the infirmière, who does the injection for free (!), and submits the paperwork to the sécu to get paid.

Heck, when you break a bone, you get a prescription to take to the pharmacy to get the appropriate sling and/or crutches if you need those. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it is actually a pretty slick system. (I like getting the pharmacist's opinion and cautions on using any particular device or medication.)
Cheers,
Bev
 
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