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Don’t Want to be Pregnant? There is an App for That

December 7, 2012 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Serial Dramas, News

Missed Your Period? Don’t Want to be Pregnant? There is an App for That
See: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/11/29/missed-your-period-there-is-medication

“To avoid judgement and fear, it is always useful step into the shoes of another person. I invite you into mine.”

So begins the journey of a 19-year-old Mexican named Claudia, protagonist of an inventive computer game.

No Te Baja? which translates as Missed Your Period? makes use of bright colors, engaging cartoon characters and relatable, non-technical, language to inform and guide users through the steps they can take to terminate a pregnancy using Misoprostol. The website takes the form of an interactive, Choose Your Own Adventure style game, where users click through to different scenarios that change according to their own personal situation and decisions.

Misoprostol, a drug used to treat ulcers, is easily available for purchase throughout Mexico, and, unlike in the United States, does not require a prescription. Use of Misoprostol to terminate pregnancy is widespread in parts of Mexico where abortion is illegal, but pharmacy workers often lack the knowledge of how the drug should correctly be administered — and criminalization means that helpful information is scarce.

Although abortion of up to 12 weeks of pregnancy is available on demand in Mexico City, the situation is quite different in the rest of the country. In fact, Mexico City’s 2007 legalization of abortion prompted a backlash from 17 other states, which passed amendments stating that life begins at conception, ushering in a much stricter enforcement of already existing anti-abortion laws.

Users of No Te Baja, through the actions of Claudia and her boyfriend, go through each detailed step of the process of self-administering a medication abortion: from the initial pregnancy test to the decision whether or not to involve the partner; the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy to calculating gestational age to indicate whether or not use of Misoprostol will be effective—and if it will be safe to self-administer.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/11/29/missed-your-period-there-is-medication



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