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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 9y

are they easy to buy in india? can u buy decent brands?

my girlfriend's nurse said that doxycycline malarial tablets will stop the pill from working.....

cheers guys

joey ;)

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4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I wasn't exactly looking for them as I had my own supply, but I couldn't find the basics of things like ear plugs anywhere (which are required if you want some sleep), so I doubt they'd be easy to find. All you need to do is look at the amount of people and the size of the families that live on the streets with like 10 kids and you can see that unprotected sex is the norm! So I would definitely consider buying them before you went.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 4:00 PM by aharrold45 ]

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6. Posted by hamjunkie (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

tell her to go to her local family planning clinic before you go - they give out free condoms, whilst it might not be enough for you're entire travels it'll certainly save you a few bob

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

A friend of mine visited India recently and had great trouble buying reliable condoms outside Mumbai. There were either of obscure making, came in damaged wrappings or were simply unavailable. I'm not sure if this is representative, but I'd take a stash of my own.

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

I know this is going to be a bit clinical, but it may be an alternative to think about too.

Your girlfriend can be fitted for a diaphram for use during your travels. She can stay on the oral contraceptives, but the diaphram would be additional protection. Though the diaphragm is commonly used along with a spermicidal gel, recent studies have shown that continuous use without the gel still produced a 98% effectiveness rate. Doxycycline can decrease the effectiveness of the pill but does not cause 100% ineffectiveness. The pills and diaphragm in combination will work as well as the pill w/condoms. In the studies, the diaphram was removed once a day at shower time for cleaning and reinserted. Her physician will explain all the "how to use" instructions.

Not having to pack all those condoms may make room in your pack for who knows what else... ;)

9. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 9y

isadora, thanks!! im not a fan of condoms at all and hadnt considered any alternative to them at all.

will be looking into the diaphragm situation once i have spoken to my girl

cheers

joey ;)

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

Quoting joey22

isadora, thanks!! im not a fan of condoms at all and hadnt considered any alternative to them at all.

will be looking into the diaphragm situation once i have spoken to my girl

cheers

joey ;)

Honestly, most men don't think of other alternatives because condoms or abstinence are about the only thing men can do for protection. The remaining alternatives are up to the woman's preference. The nice thing about diaphrams - one lasts quite a long time (~2-3 years if gel is not used in combination).