Contraceptive Options in Israel #1: Hormonal Options

One of the most difficult systems to navigate in health care is that of a woman’s own health. In the 20 some odd years that I have lectured about health promotion, through the countless teenagers, young adults, newly married, and the over 60 crowd, there is always one common denominator that spans across culture, age and continents. No woman likes to go to the gynecologist.

As our lives become busier with work, family obligations, and relationship demands, it is easier to delay the visit; we can find a million excuses why not to go. Yet one thing will always push us, the need for contraception.

Today surprisingly, we do have a wide range of possibilities, yet I meet many women who are not aware of the options they have. So now, I’ll take you on a quick review of what your contraceptive options are in Israel.

Hormonal Options:

Pills: The COC, or combined oral contraceptive pill, is, by far, the most widely used method and is good for women who want an easily reversible, non-invasive method, for either during nursing (see minipill below) or not.

Because names tend to change across countries, I’m including a table so you can figure out the name that your pill is under here In Israel (Kind of reads like a family reunion).

Brand Name in Israel Active Ingredients Company
Diane 35 cyproterone and ethinyl estradiol. Bayer
Emily ethinylestradiol + gestodene Haupt Pharma Munster
Feminet ethinylestradiol + Desogestrel Dexxon
Flame ethinylestradiol + gestodene Dexcel
Floret ethinylestradiol + gestodene Dexcel
Gynera ethinylestradiol + gestodene Bayer
Harmonet ethinylestradiol + gestodene Pfizer
Lodene/Meliane ethinylestradiol + gestodene Bayer
Logynon ethinylestradiol + Levonorgestrel Bayer
Mercilon ethinylestradiol + Desogestrel Organon
Microdiol ethinylestradiol + Desogestrel Organon
Microgynon ethinylestradiol + Levonorgestrel Bayer
Minesse ethinylestradiol + gestodene Pfizer
Minulet ethinylestradiol + gestodene Pfizer
Neogynon ethinylestradiol + Levonorgestrel  
Minovlar* Not identified in misrad habriut  
Nordette ethinylestradiol + Levonorgestrel Pfizer
Seasonique

 

ethinylestradiol + Levonorgestrel Teva [not for sale in Israel as of April 2017]
Zoely Nomegestrol acetate/ Estradiol Organon
Shelly ethinylestradiol + gestodene Haupt Pharma Munster
4th generation with different type of progesterone and smaller dosage of estrogen
Yasmin Drospirenone and Estrogen Bayer
Yaz Drospirenone and Estrogen Bayer
Progesterone Only Pills (Mini-Pill)
Cerazette Desogestrel Organon
Microlut Levonorgestrel Bayer

You can see that the active ingredients are often the same, but dosage and timing differ, that’s why if you’re experiencing negative side effects from your current contraceptive, ask your doctor to try another type.

In addition, some pills are given for additional positive benefits, such as reducing facial hair or severe acne. Discuss those alternatives with your physician as well.

Costs of these products also depend on the product itself, and to which kupah you belong.

I found this good resource online, not so updated, but helpful if you’re traveling through Europe, Israel and the United States and want to know how to ask the doctor for your specific contraceptive.

http://www.clissmann.com/pil/ocs_intl.htm

Part 2 next week: long-lasting hormonal options, and non-hormonal methods available in Israel

4 thoughts on “Contraceptive Options in Israel #1: Hormonal Options”

  1. Hi Aviva,
    When you discuss FAM in Israel- maybe you want to check in with me ? if appropriate-
    to get update/info about where teachers are. Can send you list of teachers by area. Also- re barrier methods- I also have list of all nurse-midwives who fit diaphragms… Am happy to share..

  2. my daughter is currently in israel and visited a doctor and asked for birth control pills. She was told she needed to go to a gynocologist and have an internal examination. Is this true?

    1. Aviva Yoselis

      While I would be surprised if the gynecologist were to insist on an internal exam, initial prescriptions of birth control pills are supposed to be subscribed by a gynecologist. this is actually a good thing, as a thorough medical history should be taken before prescribing hormonal contraceptives. but she shouldn’t be worried about the internal exam. If the doctor does suggest it she can refuse if she wants, though I would doubt that would actually happen.

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