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1. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

I am going away for 12 months with my boyfriend and we are leaving in September and will be going to South America for approx 5 months, New Zealand and Austrazlia for approx 3 months, South East Asia for approx 2 months and China/India for aprrox 2 months.

I am looking for some advise with regards to contraception and feminine hygiene.

I am currently on The Pill and have been informed that the Malaria tablet Doxycycline being an antibiotic does not work with The Pill.

I was advised that I could come off of the pill and have an Implanon implant.

Implanon is a very small, flexible tube, about the size of a hair grip. It is placed just under the skin of your upper arm. It steadily releases a progestogen hormone into your bloodstream. It works for three years and is a 99% affective contraception and can be used with my Malaria tablet Doxycycline without any disruptions.

But I am just looking for advise from anyone who is aware of Implanon and may have used it before? Or any other advise on what I could do instead?

I am also querying the tablets/injections that can be taken to prevent and stop periods - I understand that the standard of hygiene in most parts of Asia are not exactly perfect and therefore are these pills/injections worth having? Also i was told the Implanon implant also may help to reduce periods also.

Thankyou!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi there!

I wonder how one keept taking the pill regularly when switching so many time zones? I guess you set your watch once and never change it, and go with that..

Taking the pill non-stop actually sounds like a good option. No worries, and I know of someone who did that and had no trouble getting pregnant when she decided to stop. In other words, I don't know of any long-term effects or problems.

I've never tried injections or implants myself, but a friend of mine took injections for awhile and completely lost her libido. By the time she figured that out, she had to wait 2 more months for it to wear off. But that's just one person's experience. I'd say try it out at home first, and see which suits you better. Your doctor will be able to follow you that way.

By the way, great post! You don't think of these things until the times comes, and then boy do you ever need to know!

Tway.

3. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

i have been wondering what to do myself. i am also on the pill but my situation is a little bit easier as i will be in thailand for a year rather than travelling across different continents. i'm planning on trying to find a way to stay on the pill because i know it works for my body and i don't want to mess with anything when i'm on the other side of the world. i've been on doxycyclene and i didnt get pregnant (knock on wood). just make sure you have a backup or 2!!

i have gotten a couple different ideas from people and when i go see my doctor in a couple months i'm going to run them all by him.

1) see if she/he can give you some samples that they always have in their offices. this could cover you for a few months.

2)insurance won't cover it (in the states anyway) but you can preorder prescriptions. you can get several months worth at once for medications like birth control. i think you might have to get a special prescription from your doctor giving you the go ahead for this. (again this is in the states)

of course carrying all this will take up some room in your bag. grrr

3)and this one probably won't work for your type of trip but.........have someone from home send you your prescriptions. just make sure you have a few months worth with you just in case.

i've also been concerned about hygeine and the types of products that will be available to women when they travel. i'm not really sure what to expect in s.e. asia. anyone have any info. on that?

good questions though hay. i hope we get some more posts on this thread. it's tough being a girl sometimes

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

There is a new method of birth control out on the market called Evra, I think. It comes in the form of patches (like nicotine patches), and you just apply one each week for three weeks and on the fourth week you leave it off. Seems to be much easier than taking pills. Its availble here in Ireland since last year, to the best of my knowledge.

Not sure about this if you are travelling in climates where you are going to lose half your body weight in sweat though! They mightnt stay on too well.

You could check it out though.

The Rough Guide for SE Asia recommends stocking up on sanitary products before travelling in Cambodia especially and Vietnam. Dont know about anywhere else.

It is tough being a girl but would you really want to be a boy?

5. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

It is tough being a girl but would you really want to be a boy?

no way!

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting billieg

Quoting samsara2

It is tough being a girl but would you really want to be a boy?

no way!

And have a one-track mind and not notice when your t-shirt reeks to high heaven? I'll pass, too!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hi hayley!

There have been some studies out recently regarding continuous long term oral contraceptive use. I would recommend discussing this as a possible option for your trip. Results have shown that the long term use has been very successful and women are quite pleased with not having to worry about their periods. Once the women were taken off the continuous use regimen, whether completely or returned to the 21/7 regime, their bodies adjusted very quickly to a normal cycle. I believe the patch can be used as a replacement for pills. You would use just use the patches continually, rather than 3 weeks on - one week off.

LongTermUse
WomensHealth

I would also discuss the use of chloroquine as the antimalarial since it does not interfere with the effectiveness of the contraceptives or vice versa.

8. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Thanks Billie - So you have been taking the pill and had been taking doxycycline and it didn't affect it at all?
My nurse was weary, because Doxycycline is an antibiotic and can just make the pill not work at all, plus with Doxycycline being malaria tablet it can make you get sick, therefore making the pill useless.

I would prefer to stay on the pill, as it really works for me and it has put my body into a routine, so having to change to something else would be a nuissance.
My doctor was quite good to me when I went to The States last year for 5 months and gave me a full 6 months worth to go away with, so i didn't need a prescription. I will have to see what he says about a years worth though.

Samsara i have heard of Evra - but i just cannot get my head round it and how it actually works...it is just a patch, how could it possibly work! But they do...but anyways like you say it may not be very good with me being in such hot climates.

I have heard South east Asia is not great for purchasing feminine hygeine products - luckily i will be going to Australia before heading there, so can stock up on what i might need beforehand even if it does mean taking up valuable space in the backpack!

thanks girls, and yes it is tough being a girl - the last thing i want to be worrying about before i go away was all this stuff! boys have it so easy!

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Hay

Samsara i have heard of Evra - but i just cannot get my head round it and how it actually works...it is just a patch, how could it possibly work! But they do...but anyways like you say it may not be very good with me being in such hot climates.

The patches are very similar in design to a band-aid, with the hormones "sandwiched" between 2 layers, and the adhesive coating a third layer. The hormones are more of a "lotion" type consistency (rather than powdered) so contact with the skin allows them to be absorbed slowly and evenly. Quite like you skin absorbing body lotion - but the patch is a more regulated system of delivery. The amount of drug required for contraception is very small so the patches do hold a week's worth of compound.

The adhesives are designed to withstand sweating, bathing, swimming and other 'wet" activities. The one drawback to patches is the adhesive, which can cause a rash or skin irritaion on women with very sensitive skin. The patches are moved from one area to another with each application to avoid these side effects.

I take prescription estrogen - and in the form of a patch. I had taken the pills for years, but was switched to the patches about 2 years ago. I won't go back to the pills. My patches are changed weekly. I have traveled in hot, humid climates with no problems. I am also a scuba diver and we spend most of our vacation in the water. I have only had one patch come loose before I was to remove it in all that time. I have also had less side effects since there have been no "forgotten" pills, etc. I love the patch thing.

OrthoEvra Patches

10. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Quoting billieg

Quoting samsara2

It is tough being a girl but would you really want to be a boy?

no way!

And have a one-track mind and not notice when your t-shirt reeks to high heaven? I'll pass, too!

Thats abit harsh tina and whats the one thing your on about ;)
And i never smell well only a nice smell

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