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21. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think all the advice, use condoms, don't have sex etc. is fine but i just wanna say.. Use it as you can, just be careful.

All I wanna say is don't be tempted by the cheap contraception medications you'll find.
I found the brand I usually use at home in a respecatable looking pharmacy, bought it and ended up being sick and having my period for almost a month.

22. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As Char pointed out, it's not just related to sex. Not every girl who takes the pill is doing it just for that reason.

I had never been on the pill before going travelling really, and I took it for two reasons mainly:

1. Convenience. I tricycled it which meant that I only got a period four times a year. I had a lot of reservations about doing that, you know is doesn't seem very natural or whatever, but boy was I thankful for it when I was trekking in Bolivia and such places! It was great.

2. Safety. You dont want to think about things like rape when you are heading off on the adventure of a lifetime, but I'd rather be protected in the VERY UNLIKELY event of something awful like that happening.

I could only get a script for 6 months from my doctor in Ireland. But in South America, you can just walk into any pharmacy and buy them over the counter. And they had the brand I used- YASMIN. I expect it's a similar story in Asia? I suffered NO side effects from taking this - no weight gain, no mood alterations. And it wasn't that hard to remember to take it every day. I just took it with dinner, more or less around the same time each evening. The packet of pills was in my washbag, which I'd go to a few times a day anyway, so I'd see them all the time and be reminded to take it.

When I stopped backpacking I came off of it again and felt fine then too. Next time I go travelling, I intend taking it the same way.

If you do end up having a torrid fling with some Latin lover or whatever , I would still advise using condoms with your OCP. Aids and STDs are a huge problem in many parts of the world, and you just dont know who has slept with who. But you know that anyway.

I would say talk to your GP about maybe trialing the OCP at home for a couple of months now and see how you react to it. If it doesn't suit you, then talk about other options. ;)

Hope that helps.

Ev

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