Planning Your Holiday Travels? How to Avoid Problems with Your Birth Control

Posted on: 25 October 2018

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If you're going to be traveling for the holidays and you're on birth control, you'll need to take some added precautions. Birth control mistakes can ruin your vacation. Here are three steps that will help you avoid problems with your birth control when you travel this year.

Keep It with You

If you're going to be flying this holiday season, be sure to keep your birth control with you at all times. If you pack your birth control in your luggage and it happens to get lost, you'll be out of luck until you can find a way to replace it. The best way to avoid that problem is to pack your birth control in your carry-on bags. Be sure to keep your birth control in the original packages. That way, airport security won't have to toss it out when you can't confirm what everything is.

Have a Backup Plan

If you're on birth control, you'll need to bring a backup plan along when you travel. You never know when something is going to come up that will require an immediate adjustment.

Sickness

If you're on hormonal birth control, such as the pill, you need to be prepared for possible sickness while you're traveling. Antibiotics interfere with the effectiveness of hormonal birth control. To make sure you're protected, even if you get sick, always bring along an additional source of birth control.

New Partners

If you're traveling alone, it's a good idea to be prepared for new partners, especially if your current form of birth control doesn't provide protection against STDs. Carrying a supply of condoms with you will ensure that you're properly protected should the opportunity arise.

Loss of Birth Control

If you're going to be traveling out of town during the holidays, be prepared for emergency situations, such as the loss of your birth control. Carrying a backup plan will help you get through those unexpected emergencies.

Stick to a Schedule

If you're on a birth control regimen, you need to stick to the schedule, even when you're traveling. If you're on the pill, be sure to set an alarm so that you take it at the same time each day. If you use birth control shots, be sure to schedule your vacation around your next injection appointment. That way, you don't have to cut your vacation short to get back in time for your next injection. If you're going to be out of town when your injection is due, be sure to bring along a backup source of birth control.