This article on XPOSE includes a contribution from Pharmacy Complete’s Deborah Evans and explores how to take charge of your sexual health in a foreign country.
“Packing for travel health is an important part of planning for your holiday and, just as we think about taking painkillers, antiseptics, plasters, mosquito repellent and antihistamines with us, it’s also important to think about your sexual health.”
Whether you’ve missed your pill or had unprotected sex, remember that each country has its own rules on morning after pill accessibility; in some places you can simply buy it from a pharmacy, and in others you’ll need to speak to a doctor first.
“Ahead of travel, it might be a good time to think about other, more regular forms of contraception, such as taking the pill, having an implant, using the patch or having a coil fitted. If you already have a preferred method of contraception, then make sure you’re up-to-date with supplies before you go away.”
Remember that if you do have unprotected sex, you won’t be protected against getting a sexually transmitted infection, so always pack condoms.
“A pharmacist or other healthcare professional will advise on the best options, and you can always chat to someone before you go away about your concerns.”