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03-14-2009 12:27 AM
period options

I have not used the cup, but have used a product called always, looks like a very thin diaphragm and is inserted the same. It's intended for one time use, but I have used one for one period cycle washing with soap and water after emptying it. Usually only need to empty once or twice daily. If you keep it clean, could probably use it for more cycles, very much like the cup, I just like the fit of this better. Should be able to find at most drug store.
01-24-2009 11:25 AM
Cindycm Ah, the joys of menopause
07-14-2008 08:17 AM
svbillabong I've been cruising the last five years ... from Mexico, east to the Med. I have NOT had a problem getting birth control. Keep the packages, so that you have the drug names rather than brand name. I usually carry a 12-18 months supply and keep in a dry spot in the bilge (cooler there). It's amazing how affordable it is outside the states (I'm buying it without insurance). If you are willing to carry 12-18 months and depending on your route then you'll be able to buy it in bigger countries (ie NZ, AU).

Talking with your doctor before you leave is Key ... my doctor and I went over every type of bc; we decided against the IUD because I was leaving soon at this point and we wanted longer to "test" it before I headed off to lands unknown. The patch didn't sound good with hot & humid climates, and so on. In the end we figured the pill was best. Also there is now the Seasonal pill - or you can take your normal pill, skipping the sugar pills such that I now only have my period 4 times a year)-- on a boat this is GRAND! Also I arranged it with my doctor so that I could email him if needed ... if I buy a different b control that I'm not sure about I email him the contents just to be sure.

I've found most countries to be well stocked in types, brands, and styles of pads (and mini pads) but NOT tampons. Especially if you want a plastic applicator. I bought a HUGE supply from Costco before leaving, and have just now (five years later) had to look at buying more .. tampons do NOT take up much room - there is always a nook or cranny to fit them into.

We did have to use extra protection during the months we were on anti-malarial pills - so you have to keep stuff like that in mind.

Flying home every year would be grand, but it's expensive - something we couldn't afford. Depending on your age you may not need yearly exams ... in a lot of countries (EU, NZ, AU) women only get exams every 2-3 years (again depending on your age and history).
06-04-2008 01:33 PM
Sandalwood Seems like the original thread topic is pretty well covered. My man is snipped so we can avoid all the pill complications. This seems like the best method to me. No meds to stock up on or worry about, no implants to go wrong, and most of the surgical options now days are reversable if you decide it's time to add a second mate. However, it might be hard to convince a doctor to do the procedure if your young and don't have kids. I think it's more difficult for a woman to have it done than a man right now. Too many legal issues...

However, on the other topic brought up... I just got my first menstral cup in the mail. If it works the way it's supposed to, I've got a minimum of five years low maintenance, no bulky tampons aboard. Bought mine from MoonCup which you can find on line if curious.
06-02-2008 05:07 PM
sailingdog 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.
05-30-2008 08:50 AM
Yofy 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.

05-29-2008 06:04 PM
inshallamiami 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.
Sue K.
05-29-2008 05:59 PM
inshallamiami 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!
Sue K.
05-29-2008 05:15 PM
brak 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.
05-29-2008 02:05 PM
verena 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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