Chloe Gray | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Gynopedia: Where Women Can Now Get Info On Sexual Health Services For Anywhere In The World

Gynopedia: Where Women Can Now Get Info On Sexual Health Services For Anywhere In The World

The Debrief: Ever needed the morning after pill in Lima? Now you can get it

A new website has been launched to help women find sexual health services anywhere in the world, and we kind of have Donald Trump to thank for it (I KNOW!).

Gynopedia is a new wiki page that provides women with information on where to get the morning after pill, an STI check, tampons, abortions (etc) based on cities in the world, so that everyone knows where to get what when they just can’t ask a stranger to point them to the nearest LGBTQ-friendly gynaecologist. 

Founder Lani Fried began the website after realising that she didn’t know what the hell to do for contraception when she was travelling. ‘When I began preparing for my travels, I realized that I had no idea how I would get birth control in the twelve or so Asian countries we planned to visit,’ she says. ‘And that was just the tip of the iceberg. How about annual pap smears? What if I got pregnant? Then I remembered that, when I lived in Turkey, I was never able to get a comprehensive STI test, which was endlessly frustrating.’

But Lani went on, in an interview with the Telegraph, to say that Trump’s scary and sexist policies, such as blocking funding for international NGOs and Planned Parenthood, were also a driving force behind the website: ‘In this climate, it is crucial that people raise their voices and get involved. There are so many ways to do this, and one of the ways is to contribute information to Gynopedia. When people contribute to Gynopedia, they let people know about the laws and their reproductive rights. They let people know what options are available to them, how they can pay for these resources and who can help them. When women share wisdom and resources, we empower one another to fight for accessibility, affordability and choice.’ 

So the site means that we can no go abroad without worrying about one night stands, infections and even local laws and stigmas, AND we get to stick it to Trump’s administration by spreading a message of female power whilst doing so. Beats pretty much every other website we can think of. 

There are already nearly 80 cities accounted for on Gynopedia, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Asunción in Paraguay, but everyone is encouraged to add more information and cities to create a sexually healthy (and Trump free?) world. 

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