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post #11 of 24 Old 04-25-2008
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Just remember if you're on the pill and get sea sick...take other steps...lots of cruising babies out there because mom got sick and didn't keep the pill down long enough to get into her system....
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If you are vomiting (whether due to seasickness or bad shellfish), you can take it internally another way.

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Don't forget that some drugs, like the anti-biotic Erythromycin IIRC, can interfere with the function of birth control medications, and you should take precautions for that event if using those drugs.

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Brandy, I would definitely not go with option 2!! What seems to be missing as an option is your partner getting ye ole snip. If that's not an option (surprise, surprise), I believe you can get up to a couple of years worth of BCP's in advance.
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I have a copper IUD and I love, love, love it! Never have to remember anything and it's good for ten years! No hormones either!
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IUD. Sits there, requires no service, keeps everyone happy for a long long time. There are a few types in US and many more in Europe.
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Flying home is a good idea - you can see your Gynecologist/Family MD and get your annual checkup, any needed exams (mammogram etc.) and any needed bc pills or other meds. Before you fly home check out if your brand/type is available and whether they need a prescription (which I have been asked for, in Mexico, for example.)
Flying home also has these other benefits: you get to see your family and friends, you can deal with any legal/paperwork matters that might be easier to deal with in person, and you can go shopping and bring back those needed boater bits and electronics, as well as gourmet food items, new books, new shoes etc.
So, budget for it in advance and take advantage of a trip home!
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Another quick thought. IUDs work for many women but I would want to try it out for a few months BEFORE going anywhere. The last thing you want to be dealing with are possible bleeding problems at sea or in a foreign country. Just my opinion, as a RN.
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I am a woman and I have been cruising and travelling around the world most of my adult life. In countries where contraception is legal, you should not have any problem seeing a doctor and filling your perscription. You MIGHT not be able to get the exact same perscription and that could be an issue. Often you can find a family planning clinic that is staffed by foreign (read western) medical staff.

In any case you will want to talk to your doctor in advance. Be open about your travel plans as you will need to discuss other perscription medication for your emergency first aid kit too. Normally they are able to go a long way in helping you get a good supply on hand up front. Carry an alternative barrier method as well for backup.

Plan ahead, if you do plan to spend time in countries where contraception is illegal. For example, if you plan to sail to Africa, then stock up on contraceptive supplies in Thailand or Israel or another country along the way. Talk to cruising women on site, they will know about availability.

Same with tampons or pads. Take as many as you can before you leave. Empty them out of their cardboard packaging and double pack them in zip lock bags. They will take up less space. They are readily available in western countries as well as many other countries. When you find what you want stock up.

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Hint on storing things like pads, tampons or toilet paper... use a vacuum sealer... they take up a lot less space and will stay dry until needed. Also works for spare parts, like filters, impellers, etc.

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