Abortion Pill in Burkina Faso

Abortion is legal in Burkina Faso under certain circumstances. The abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies with a prescription, and surgical abortions are also available. The abortion pill generally costs between 3,500 XOF and 7,000 XOF.


Is abortion legal in Burkina Faso?

In Burkina Faso, the voluntary termination of pregnancy is legal if a doctor can attest, after examination, that maintaining the pregnancy endangers the health of the woman or that there is a strong probability that the fetus will have an incurable condition.

In the event of established rape or incest, the extent of the distress is established by the public prosecutor and the pregnant woman can ask a doctor to terminate her pregnancy, within the first 14 weeks.

The Penal Code also prohibits any incitement of abortion through public discussion, advertisement, or the sale of various substances and products.

Post-Abortion Care (PAC) services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.


What are the different post-abortion care services available in Burkina Faso?

There are two types of post-abortion care services available in Burkina Faso:

  • Medical abortion: Using abortion pills, such as Misoprostol (Cytotec, Misoclear); and
  • Surgical abortion: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).

Who can provide post-abortion care services in Burkina Faso?

Legal abortion services can be performed by a gynecologist, a general practitioner, or a midwife. Untrained providers can often cause more harm than good. Often, religious, social, and provider stigma deters many women from seeking out these services.


Where can I go for post-abortion care services in Burkina Faso?

Post-abortion care services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.


What is the cost of a safe abortion in Burkina Faso?

Abortion pills can be bought at pharmacies at a cost of between 3,500 XOF and 7,000 XOF. The cost depends on the brand, the location of the pharmacy, and the pharmacist. Surgical abortions cost around 25,000 XOF to 75,000 XOF. The price depends on the clinic you go to. See below for safe and less expensive options.


What abortion pills are available in Burkina Faso?

There are two abortion pills available in Burkina Faso:

  • Misoprostol, which is available under the brand names Misodia (200MCG CPR B/4, price 1 200 XOF), Misoclear and Cytotec;


  • and Mifepristone, in association with Misoprostol, which is available under the brand name Mifepak (200MG CPR B/1 + 200MCG CPR B/4, price 3 950 XOF).


  • Misofem 200MCG CPR B/4. Price 1 000 XOF


Can I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Burkina Faso?

Misoprostol is available at pharmacies; however, it cannot be sold without a prescription.


Some pharmacists might sell the abortion pills without a prescription; however, they do not often provide proper instructions on eligibility, dosage, and usage. Please refer to the following page on our website for comprehensive instructions on how to use the pill: https://www.howtouseabortionpill.org/howto/


Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Burkina Faso?

The following organizations may be able to provide safe abortion information and support in Burkina Faso:

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