Traveling abroad is one of my favorite things to do. So much so that I quit my day job so that I could blog and have more flexibility to travel! It has always been a part of my life - from spending six months in New Zealand to visiting five countries in Europe in a month. Through my experiences, I have learned how to travel efficiently and effectively (for the most part). When living out of a suitcase for a long time, it is important to keep your essential prescriptions in mind and have a plan for how to manage them - most importantly your birth control - when a pharmacy may not be accessible.
Here are some tips on what to know about birth control before going abroad:
1. You may be able to get multiple packs from the pharmacy before a long trip or study abroad.
When I studied abroad in New Zealand, I was able to get an extended supply of birth control from my doctor. It’s definitely worth asking about so you can have enough supply during your trip!
2. Your doctor may be able to recommend resources for you when you go abroad.
Depending on where you go, there may be resources there to get prescriptions filled abroad. Talk to your doctor about this option when you set up your initial appointment!
3. Keep a routine while traveling.
Since time zones will likely change when you go abroad, be sure to maintain your schedule. I did this by setting an alarm on my phone, as it is super important to take your pill at the same time every day. Also talk to your doctor about how to stick to your regular routine while traveling.
Note: Interested in an oral birth control option? A low-dose pill like Lo Loestrin® Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets), could be an option for you. Lo Loestrin Fe is the only birth control pill that provides effective pregnancy prevention with the lowest amount of daily estrogen (10 micrograms) available. If you are moderately obese, discuss with your healthcare provider whether Lo Loestrin Fe is appropriate for you. To learn about Important Risk Information, including Boxed Warning, for Lo Loestrin Fe, please scroll below. If you have any questions about your birth control options, speak with your healthcare provider.
Lauren Dailey does not use Lo Loestrin Fe, but you can speak with your healthcare provider to see if it may be an option for you. Lauren is a paid influencer for Allergan, and the opinions stated above are her own.