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Birth Control In Estonia

As regular MSP readers know, I’ve been living in Estonia since this summer, working on my dissertation. It’s a small-ish country located on the Baltic Sea, wedged between the Scandinavian countries, Finland, and Russia (see map). Recently, I had the opportunity to see a doctor, and while I was at it, I decided to look into birth control options here. While there are a few differences I’ve noticed between Estonia and the US, it seems that obtaining birth control was as easy as anywhere else in the West, and in some ways, even a little easier. While informally discussing birth control options with a female doctor, I learned that the pill is one of the more common forms of birth control available to young women. Continue Reading →