IUJ Ladies Health Guide

Guide to Women’s Health: 

Information on Services and Resources in and around IUJ

Prepared by IUJ, OSS in cooperation with LeanIn: IUJ’s Women’s Group

Female Products  生理用品

While napkins for periods are readily available in all sizes, the use of tampons is not as popular here.  You can buy Japanese brands with limited choices in most stores and drugstores.  Tampons are available on amazon.co.jp for delivery to you, including Japanese products, and brands common overseas (OB, Tampax, Kotex). You can arrange to make payments at 7-11 if you do not have a credit card.

Menstrual Pain Medication    生理痛の薬     “Seiri-tsu no Kusuri”

Over-the-counter options are very limited; most receive prescriptions from their gynecologist. Pamprin is available on amazon.co.jp, but Midol is not. Please be sure the item you bring from home is legal in Japan!

Gynecology    婦人科

Ladies doctors are available in our area.  For the most comprehensive services, please approach the Kikan Hospital.

Annual Visits: Pap Smear  子宮がん検査 Shikyu-gan Kensa”

                             Mammogram  マンモグラム  “Mammoguramu”

Annual Pap smears/mammogram services are readily available through the “Ningen Dock” as part of your annual physical available for fees at Yamato Hospital.However, they are not performed in routine gynecological visits unless there is suspicion of a problem.  So if you cannot go to Ningen Dock, then explain to your doctor that you suspect something is not right and they will schedule a Pap Smear or Mammogram for you.

Pap smears are usually conducted in a private room with a curtain that separates you from the doctor/nurses.  The curtain goes across your stomach for your privacy.  You can hear each other but not see each other.

Clinics such as Moegi Clinic, or even many hospitals, like Yamato Hospital, do NOT offer gynecological services.  Moegi Clinic cannot offer advice or guidance on women’s health issues.

Birth Control   避妊

The most common form of birth control in Japan is the use of condomsコンドーム  “Kondo0mu.”  These are readily available in drug stores.

The Pill  経口避妊薬    Keikou Hinin Yaku

The Pill for birth control is only available by prescription, and prescriptions are only given to those with specific medical conditions.  You may talk to your doctor about it but the results may not be that you will get a prescription

Morning After Pill or “Rape Pill”  アフターピル  “Afuta piru”

This is available at the Kikan Hospital on request.  You need to take this pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex if a possible unwanted pregnancy is suspected.  The cost is at least 20,000yen per pill.  A required follow up visit after your next period is required, and has a usual visit fee of around 500-1000yen

Pregnancies/Abortions  妊娠/中絶

Please refer to the Family Guide for more information

PreNatal care 胎教  “Taikyou”

As soon as you suspect you may be pregnant, you need to go to a gynecologist to confirm, and begin prenatal care.   If you prefer to take a pregnancy test at home (妊娠検査  “Ninshin Kensa”), you may buy the kits at any drug store.   However, be sure to see a gynecologist if you are pregnant.

Pregnancy  妊娠  “Ninshin”

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you will receive a Mother/Child handbook (母子手帳 “Boshi Techou”) to use throughout your pregnancy and your child’s first few years.  It is a nice guide to track your own pregnancy and baby’s growth, etc.

Birthing 出産  “Shussan”

The Kikan Hospital has very nice facilities for giving birth, and the after care of you and your child.  Please refer to the Hospital Guide book and Family Guide.

Abortion  中絶   “Chuzetsu”

Abortion is available at Kikan Hospital, but abortion is not a form of birth control in Japan.  Abortions would be made in specific situations only: health of mother is at risk, pregnancy is not viable, etc.  Consult your gynecologist.

More Information

Japan Health Information

A wealth of information is provided by JHI, It covers basically everything, including women’s health, pregnancies, child birth, child raising, and expressions to use at hospitals and clinics, etc.  http://japanhealthinfo.com/

A handout of this information is available in the OSS “Self Help” shelves.  Please pick one up for your reference.