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11. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

My best friend has had an Implanon for about 2 years now and she loves it. No hassle at all. It is a bit uncomfortable at first but you will get used to it. She has almost stopped having her period by now. She occasionally gets just spot bleeding.

12. Posted by Evie Nus (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Hi,

I've heard a few bad reports about depot (injection). Some women experience constant, but light, bleeding, a friend said she was constanty bloated and felt fat and another friend said she lost her libido. The injetion lasts a long time after you have it, so it is a risk to take it. However, the advantage is you don't have to worry about contraception while you are away and some women have no trouble with it.

Have you considered the coil? It sounds nasty, but I've heard good reports about this method.

I'd go to your local family planning clinic - they'll be able to give you the best advice.

Good luck

13. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I had never heard of the coil before so I checked it out. It can cause heavier, longer or more painful periods which really isn't something you want on holiday. http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/Mosby_factsheets/contraception.html

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

Angela is correct - the coil IUD, though quite effective, does have many more drawbacks than staying on the pill. Most women who have it implanted do find they have increased flow, more cramping and increased incidence of spotting. It also increases your risk of uterine infection - something you do not want to deal with away from home.

I worked for Searle Laboratories, who manufactures the CU-7 IUD and Norinyl OCs. I used the CU-7 for 1.5 years and experienced all of the above problems, as did many of the female employees who also tried it.

Talk with your OB-Gyn to come up with the best solution for you and your situation.

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Or you could just have your uterus removed and not have to worry about it.;) Kidding! I am just kidding. My sister had Norplant (inplanted in her arm) She had an ungodly amount of problems with it...break-through bleeding- headaches...She was in the Navy at the time and they Navy quit prescribing it. One thing that is great about being a woman..is that you have a great group of people (other women!) who are here to try in help in anyway! (Just can't picture the guys having conversations like this;))

16. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hi hay!

depending on how long you've been on the pill-bear in mind that changes in hormonal contraceptive will be disruptive-even changing pills can be a real shocker with the jekyll and hyde syndrome! maybe not fun for a holiday with the nearest and dearest!

if you have problems with sickness on the malaria tablets- or while you're using them anyway take some condoms with you-i know it takes up space but affords much needed peace of mind!

As for the implant-as with fellow TPs ive not heard good things about it-yikes!

And for changing pill taking time in different time zones-no probs-just set a watch to say time at home-take it on time when you get to ur destination then alter it the next day or the following day to fall sometime within the 12hr safe zone you have...does that make any sense-post again if ive confused you!

Hope this has helped!

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

hayley,
yeah when i was using doxycyclene i wasn't even aware that it interferred with the pill so i was pretty freaked out when i found out. i didn't notice any changes in terms of crampiness or anything like that. but i wouldn't recommend risking it. i've heard of lots of people on the pill getting pregnant because they were on antibiotics. definately have backups.

man you girls are helpful!

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

Thank you all for being such great help!!!!

I was not keen on the Implant - and the whole idea of me thinking of taking was in hope that it would stop my periods altogether, but it doesn't seem like it would do that until I have had the implant in me for about 2 years!!!

Samsara and Isadora - you girls have swayed my way of thinking, and I am tempted to look into these patches as a form of contraception now, so thanks. They seem so easy to use and you dont have to think or worry about a thing, just put them on each week - fantastic! And these Evra patches are okay to work with Chloroquine or DOxycycline malria tablets and stuff? No side effects or interferance with not making the patch work effectively?

Do i get Evra on prescription or do i have to purchase it over the counter - because i will need like 48 weeks worth of the stuff, if you change it weekly???

How does Evra affect your periods - because i like the pill as i am in a routine with it with regards to my period and i like that because i know when i am expected to have it.
Does Evra let you have a routine? With my pill i take it for 21 days and then have 7 days of it, with which my period begins and last about 5 days of that, and then on the 8th day i am back taking the pill again.

I must say to you that i believe the coil is only available to women who have had a baby.

My goodness life travelling would be so much easier if i could just have my uterus removed and then replaced again when I am through!! But that just isn't going to happen!

Thanks again for all this help and advise girls.

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

Hi Hayley!

Here are some more anwers to your latest questions:

1) You are not planning to leave until Sept. so you do have time to make the switch and have your body adjust to the new delivery method before you are on the road. Give it about 2 months to get in synch again. Your schedule and flow, etc. should not change dramatically during the adjustment phase.

2) Evra is a prescription, not OTC. Your doc will probably be able to give you some samples and a prescription for the rest. Though, I'm not 100% sure, I do believe they come in a box containing 3 patches - one for each week of treatment, with one week off. You can always consolidate the boxes so you're not carrying 16 or boxes with you. Just be sure that the boxes you do take - at least one has the prescription label attached. Keep that one during your trip, just in case you need to refill somewhere or you are questioned about what they are. It's proof of prescription with a doc's name, etc on it.

3)You will be able to use the same schedule you are on now. Following a period, instead of taking the first pill, apply the first patch. But, discuss this with you doc when you see him again. And, do give yourself a couple months to adjust.

4) Yes, the coil and all IUD's, except the CU-7, are primarily for use by women who have given birth, because the uterus and cervix has been "stretched". (Sorry, couldn't think of a better term.) Women who have not had a child can experience an IUD "falling out" because the cervix has not widened yet. The CU-7 was designed for women who have not had children and has a very low incidence of spontaneous ejection. But, it is also one of the reasons there is heavier flow, more cramping and more side effects for those who are pre-parturition.

5) They will be no drug interaction between the patches and the chloroquine. For what I have read, there will be less chance of interaction with the patch and doxycycline, than with the pill. Equivilent to the interaction between the implant and the doxy.

6) I would still recommend chloroquine over doxycycline for an anti-malarial. Reason: doxy is an antibiotic - chloroquine is not - and being on an antibiotic long term (1 yr is considered long term), you may run into a problem with bacterial resistence, if you happen to develop any type of infection while traveling. I mean from a cut or injury - not uterine. It may be harder to find an antibiotic that will fight the infection effectively. You won't have that problem with chloroquine - which is taken once a week, starting a week before your trip and ending 2-4 weeks after your return. One more thing to discuss with your docs.

7) Having your uterus removed is nice cos you can kiss the periods good bye. But, they are replaced by hot flashes, heart palpitations, and a few other symptoms. Though, there is always the estrogen patch... (Hence, why I use them.) I recommend keeping your uterus for the time being. ;)

Hope this has been of some help again... (Don't mind me, I'm just a walking, talking pharmacology book.)

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

Fantastic Isadora!!! I will get in touch with my doctor straight away.

My partener has been reccomended Doxycycline, which is what made me consider it. But for the areas in which we are travelling (Accross South America/ SE Asia/ China and India i believe chloroquine is just as good and i can use it along with the pill/or the patches.

I have read a few horror stories on here about Doxycycline - it is good as is an antibiotic (so great if get sick when away as it prevents this) but lots of people have said that it msakes your skin really sensitive to the sun and heat and you are far more prone to sun burn. But have not heard any nasties about Chloroquine.

I am very tempted by those patches - was advised to go on the pill by my doctor as i suffered terrible period pains: spontanious times of occuring, migraines, agonising tummy cramps. And i have found that by him putting me on the pill it has reduced this totally, which is why i am keen to remain on them - would this be the same with the patches do you know at all?

Wear abouts do you put the patches on your body, against your abdominal? It's just what about days out to the beach in bikini's? Does it not show? And do you have to move the place you put the patch each time you wear one?

Apologies for all the questions - but you girls have been a great help!

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