Morning After Pill in the Philippines (Nordette Method)
So nobody told me the morning after pill isn’t sold in the Philippines 😀 As long time blog readers will know I mostly set up a home base in Thailand and go to PI for visa runs.
In Thailand you can buy the morning after pill over the counter, ‘Madonna’ or ‘Postinor’ brands, costs 40 baht ($1.13) for the box of 2 pills. The girl takes one as soon as possible, and the next 12 hours later. I’ve had many a ThaiCupid or Thaifriendly girl just tell me it’s ok just cum inside me, I’ll ‘gin yaa’. Or be totally relaxed about it in the case of accidents.
On my last trip to Philippines I accidently creampie’d a Cebu Gogo girl. When I asked her where the nearest pharmacy was to buy the pill she replied ‘oh no, that’s like killing the baby’. Uwotm8?
I explained how there’s no baby yet and all it does is make your period come, but she wouldn’t listen and got visibly irritated. I dropped the conversation and made sure I finished outside next time. I kept in touch and luckily she didn’t get pregnant.
On this latest trip I did the same thing with an Angeles City freelancer I got in contact with on Pinalove.
After a night out at HISO we banged in the hot tub at my ABC hotel suite (more on that later) and I didn’t pull out in time as she was riding me on top. It was late at night so I said I’d go to the pharmacy first thing in the morning. She didn’t really react, just vaguely mumbled something in Tagalog.
Only Country in Asia to Ban the Morning After Pill
So while she’s sleeping I start Googling for the brand name I need to buy and to my shock see that the Philippines government banned the morning after pill in 2002 because it ’causes an abortion’. Uwotm8?
Apparently a pro-life NGO called the Abay Pamilya foundation, and other Philippines medical professionals, conducted ‘extensive studies’, and found that the morning after pill inhibits the implantation of the already fertilised ovum. So they consider it abortive.
Abortion is available in Thailand (although technically not legal) at places like the Sukhuvmit Soi 12 clinic and one major hospital, and fully legal in Vietnam. But it’s been illegal in the Philippines since 1987.
Add in Catholicism and it’s ‘every Child is a gift from God’ mantra, and the Philippines is the only country in Asia to make the morning after pill illegal too.
Dante wrote about dumb laws in the Philippines before but this one takes the cake. There’s no way the ovum is already fertilised if you take the morning after pill immediately.
Nordette – Improvised Morning After Pill
Luckily I quickly found some online blogs from smart Filipina women (to be fair many are very smart) and threads on the sexpat monger forums (thanks PI Addicts) saying there was a solution.
It turns out the morning after pill in legal countries is just a strong dose (2 – 4 times) of the regular contraceptive pill, the ones girls take each day of the month. Learn something new every day.
The Philippines hasn’t outlawed the regular contraceptive pill, which it sells under the brand name ‘Nordette’.
So the blogs and forum threads explained that what you need to do is simply have the girl take 4 pills of Nordette asap after the sex, and then 4 more 12 hours later. This would then have the same effect as taking the morning after pill in any other country.
Angeles City Pharmacy
So at 9am while the girl was sleeping I headed out asked the security guards (very helpful in the Philippines) where the nearest pharmacy is.
You have to turn right out of ABC hotel and at the first right turn you’ll see a big red H-Care Pharmacy sign across the road at the junction.
While I was there I decided to ask for the morning after pill anyway to see if what I’d read online was true. It was a bit embarrassing but I figured I’m metres away from a hooker street in the middle of a hooker city so she probably gets this question all the time.
She awkwardly said no, we don’t sell it. I asked if it’s available anywhere in the Philippines. No again. I said thanks and asked for Nordette from a different sales clerk. It was under 200 pesos. The guy put it in a brown paper bag and I was on my way.
How to Take Nordette for Emergency Contraception
So what I’d read online is you look at the order of pills, the days are marked clockwise from top left to bottom left, 21 pills in total.
The last 7 pills are placebo so you can throw those away to avoid confusion (the bottom left seven). You’re left with 14 pills.
Have the girl take 4 pills from the remaining ones, and 4 more 12 hours later. 8 pills total. Keep the rest for the next time you forget to pull out.
Pinays and Pills
So I patiently waited for my Pinalove girl to wake up and presented her 4 pills in a glass of water.
Ano? What’s that?
The pill, remember last night I said I’d buy it.
She shook her head, turned over and went back to sleep.
During my reading I’d found out contraceptive pills in the Philippines are very rough on the girls, so a lot of Pinays don’t want to take them. I was surprised because Thai girlfriend’s that took the pill have told me they don’t experience bad side effects, only good ones – their periods become lighter and more regular.
Apparently not the case for brands in the Philippines. There’s also the religious aspect mentioned earlier. No wonder so many Pinays have shat out a kid by 21.
I’ve also heard stories of Filipina girls trying to get guys to cum inside them so they can be single mothers. Some current Pinay mothers have actually told me they enjoy raising a child alone without a guy around.
I also read a story on PI Addicts about a Pinay saying ‘it’s in God’s hands now’ when the guy offered to buy Nordette. So he grinded it up into her drink 😀
Luckily my girl said her last menstruation cycle was less than a week ago so I should be ok. She wasn’t anywhere near ovulation time. Sperm can apparently survive 7 days inside the womb though… at least I’d already barfined a girl earlier that day so there wasn’t much cum.
Anyway I will definitely be more careful next time. And I’m bringing the morning after pill over on the plane next time from Thailand… I trust that a bit more than the Nordette home remedy.
Where to Buy Nordette & Alternatives
Update – from the comments on this post it seems Nordette is becoming harder to find. As of May 2017 there is a shortage of contraceptives in the Philippines due to ‘registrations expiring’ and a ‘Supreme court hold order on parts of the reproductive health law’. Read more here.
I found it at H-Care pharmacy, Angeles. A commenter below found it at Dumlog pharmacy at Talisay.
Via ChildFreeFilipina blog, below are some alternatives to Nordette if you can’t find it.
4 pills after sex, 4 pills 12 hours later
- Trust pills
- Rigevidon 21 + 7
2 pills after sex, 2 pills 12 hours later
If you can plan ahead and know someone in Thailand, ask them to send you Madonna or Postinor. Those are all sold over the counter in Thailand. Or for the monthly pill, Melodia or Yasmin.