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My fiance is going to bring her birth control with her from Thailand. In Thailand women don't need a prescription to buy birth control.  She wants to bring a years supply with her since it's so cheap in Thailand.  

 

Should she bring a couple of months supply with her? I don't think she needs to bring a years supply with her at all. Will she get into trouble if she brings her unopened birth control supply in America with her. 

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3 minutes ago, Danny70 said:

My fiance is going to bring her birth control with her from Thailand. In Thailand women don't need a prescription to buy birth control.  She wants to bring a years supply with her since it's so cheap in Thailand.  

 

Should she bring a couple of months supply with her? I don't think she needs to bring a years supply with her at all. Will she get into trouble if she brings her unopened birth control supply in America with her. 

I don't see why it should be a problem.  BC is Rx here in the states, but it isn't a controlled substance or anything.  Even though it is OTC in Thailand, I wonder if her primary care doc would be willing to write a letter explaining that she is/has been on that particular medication, and that she should continue?  It could be "medically recommended" as it is something she has been tolerating, and in general it is best to stay on the particular drug she is used to.

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I'd defer to CBP's rules:

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/know-before-you-go/your-trip

" Medications in their original packages. Bring only the amount of medication you will need. Prescription medications have to be under the traveler's name."

 

If she wants to bring in more than just enough to cover her until she can see a US doctor and get a prescription, I'd at least get a doctor's note just in case.


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I was in the exact situation, I mean exact, so I was going to bring a years supply worth to get us by also. If you go by the letter of the law according to CBP since it is a prescribed substance here it is regulated based on the laws of the country you are entering, so you would need a prescription from a US based doctor for her to bring. My doctor here said if her current doctor send over a letter he would be willing to write a RX for her in case she had any problems. Now seemed like a good idea, and was ready to put the plan into action, but to cover my bases I called my friend who is CBP down in San Diego,CA at the San Ysidro boarder crossing. He said the general consensus is they would let it thru, but the problem is when you buy it in Thailand they don't put your name on it or a label saying who it was prescribed to like you get here in the US when you pick up a RX, and it could end up taken just on that fact alone.

What we ended up doing is getting her set-up with the Implant type birth control. It is good for 3 years and the cost savings is awesome Here is the hospital she went to, and the total cost with a follow up visit was under 70 dollars US. The cost for that here even at planned parenthood is around 500-700 dollars when you don't have insurance. Hospital was:

Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital

 

8 Charoenkrung Road 
, Bang Kho Laem 

10120 Bangkok
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My wife said was excellent doctor and very nice, and had no problems at all. I have photos of the procedure, but I won't post those, kinda will scare you off of the idea, but it really isn't bad. she said didn't hurt at all, and only about 2-3 days she was able to remove bandage and continue work normally. Ill attach a image of the card she got showing the RX she got, but so far it has been great not having to remember to take pills, and the light to non-existent periods. Overall a great experience for us. I would consider this if you still have some time before she comes to the US. My wife had it done in October, and then she came to the US about a month later in November. If your fiancee has any questions PM me her line ID, or I will send you my wife's, and they can chat and message and she can tell her how it went and that way she can see if it is worth checking out.

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1 hour ago, beloved_dingo said:

 

 

Bringing birth control is not an issue whatsoever, many women just have it in their baggage and it's no big deal (it's very common, after all). Though I am not sure about bringing a year-long supply, but as it is not a controlled substance, I wouldn't think it would cause any issue other than possibly some questions. A note from her physician might be a good idea though just to cover the bases, since here it is a prescription and there it is not. 

 

 

 

1 hour ago, NikLR said:

 

 


OP is adding your soon to be spouse to your health insurance fairly easy?  Because BC is an rx here in the USA, she would need to see a doctor to continue birth control.  I'm unsure if the brands would even be similar.  Some are not even from Canada to the USA.  She should bring as much as she feels comfortable with.  Birth control on my health insurance is free and is on many other health insurance plans provided you do your yearly exam (which is also free for me, but for some there is a co-pay?)  Either way she should bring it on her carry on, not her checked baggage. 

 

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