The best contraception to use while you’re traveling

While traveling it’s important to get your birth control method right. Whilst abroad, depending on where you are, it might be difficult for you to change what you’re using or get more of something. Sometimes we don’t know how contraceptions are going to affect us until several months of using it. So it is important to prepare in advance and know that you are safe. Constant bleeding or any other complications can be made more uncomfortable and frustrating whilst you are traveling. That being said, complications from birth control can happen at any time. For example, the link between Mirena IUD and neurological side effects has proved to be a serious issue. Whilst some things can be out of our control, you should still do what you can to prepare.

Condoms

The best birth control while traveling is condoms. They won’t interfere with your hormones and most importantly,  they will protect you from most STIs. STIs are increasing in many countries. Although condoms can break, if this happens you should try and get the morning after pill as soon as you can. This will be available in most countries, although the best thing to do is to use a different birth control method alongside condoms.

The implant

An implant is potentially a fantastic option for travelers. The implant is a small, hairpin sized rod that can last 3 or 5 years. Put it in and then you don’t have to worry about it. If you are lucky it will also stop your periods, so you don’t have to worry about them while you are away – amazing! However, some girls experience some adverse side effects such as irregular periods. Be sure to get it in plenty of time so that it can be taken out if it is causing you any problems.

IUD

The IUD is a T shaped device made from plastic or copper which is put into your womb by a nurse or doctor. It can last 5 or 10 years. Therefore, it is also a great option for travelers. Again, it does cause problems for some girls so get it in plenty of time to ensure that you are happy with it.

The pill

The pill may not the best option for travelers and that is why it comes in at the end of our list. You should take the pill at a similar time every day. If you are traveling between timezones or moving around a lot, then this could be hard to keep track of. However, if it is your preferred option just set alarms on your phone, keep them somewhere accessible and be strict with them. If you do miss a pill, then use a condom.

Conclusion

When choosing a contraceptive method consider your travels and how you will stay safe. The last thing you want is to have to come home due to pregnancy or an STI. Although, most countries will have sexual healthcare which you can use. Speak to your doctor or nurse about your options and any concerns that you may have. If you can, try out your contraception method in plenty of time so that you have the option to change it if necessary.

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