The Contraceptive Pills In Uganda

Birth control pills are tablets with a dose of hormones that prevent pregnancy. They are easy to swallow and 91-99% effective. Like most contraceptives, birth control pills have positive and negative side effects, so we advise careful consideration when deciding if birth control pills are right for you.
The Contraceptive Pills In Uganda

Are birth control pills widely available in Uganda?

Yes, both progestin only and combined oral contraceptive birth control pills are available at pharmacies, drug stores, private clinics, public hospitals and through Village Health Teams(VHTs).

Do I need a prescription to buy birth control pills?

If you already know the type of birth control pills to purchase, then a prescription is not required.  If you are unsure about the type of birth control pill to use, we advise that you first speak with your healthcare provider who can prescribe the most suitable type/brand for you. 

Is there an age restriction for accessing birth control pills in Uganda?

Yes, medical eligibility is often restricted to women of reproductive age (15-49 years). 

How much do birth control pills cost in Uganda?

Birth control pills cost between 1,800 to 10,000 Ugandan shillings per packet, depending on the brand. They are also provided free of charge through the public health sector. 

What are the different birth control pill brands available in Uganda?

The most widely available birth control pill brands in Uganda are Lydia Fine, Microlut, Primolut-N, Norlut-N, Microgynon, Yasmin, and Pilplan. 

Lydia pills in Uganda

Who can I contact for more information about birth control pills in Uganda?

To get more information about birth control pills in Uganda, contact COHERINET via their Aunt Kaki toll free helpline: 0800 247 247 (MTN) / 0800 347 347 (Airtel).
The Ministry of Health also runs a 24 hour toll free call centre that can be reached at 0800-100-066.

What can I do in the case of an unplanned pregnancy?

Visit to speak with an expert counselor about the safe abortion options available Uganda. Counselors can also be contacted via email at or via live chat at