Contraception and travel – The Outdoor Women

early preparation

  • We recommend you discuss the various contraceptive methods and their indications with your doctor. It is desirable to try a new method at least three months prior to travel.
  • Birth control pills: Have a supply of extra pills in another bag in case your suitcase is lost. Take the package insert with the pharmacological name as the brand name may change in other countries. By plane, take your pills with you, because your bag will be inaccessible before arrival. The safety of the pill may decrease in cases of diarrhea, vomiting or taking certain antibiotics. It would then use an additional method of contraception such as condoms. The pill should be taken every 24 hours by adjusting the time with the jetlag. If the moment of decision falls in the middle of the night, take one tablet before bed (always rather before and after the calculated time). If you miss a dose, since the delay is less than 12 hours (and that your pill is not especially low dose), the contraceptive effect is maintained. Take the missed tablet and continue following your shots as usual. If the delay exceeds 12 hours, do not take the missed tablet but keep your pad in addition to using condoms for safety.
  • Male or female condom: Bring an ample supply of good quality condoms are difficult to find your destination. They can be useful if you have problems using the pill (diarrhea, etc..) And are highly recommended in case of sex with a new partner (risk of contamination by a sexually transmitted disease).
  • Intradermal Implants: This long-term hormonal contraception may be useful for travel in difficult conditions (missions, travel backpacks for several months, etc..).
  • IUD: The rules are sometimes more abundant and painful and there is a risk of infection during installation. Rarely, the IUD may become dislodged and pose a medical emergency. There should be a pose or a change of IUD at least three months before your trip to ensure it is properly in place and that you tolerate well.

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