Planning a trip can be simultaneously very exciting and very stressful. While you have a bustling city or a tropical paradise to look forward to, you also have to think about the nitty-gritty details like transporting your toiletries. Taking birth control while traveling might be one of those specifics that you don't give too much thought about unless you run into a problem. According to experts, planning ahead is key to making sure that you have everything you need in case something goes awry when you're on the road.
One issue you might run into while traveling is some stomach trouble. Whether you're tasting all of the local delicacies in a foreign country or you've just flown to a new city, changing up your diet can disagree with your digestive system. "If your stomach isn’t agreeing with your travel food choices, and you vomit within three hours of taking a birth control pill, then take another pill as soon as you remember," Dr. Christine Yu, PharmD, a licensed pharmacist at Pill Club, tells Bustle. If you take a combination pill with estrogen, use a backup method (like a condom) with any sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy until you've been able to take the pill the way you're supposed to for seven days in a row, she says. If you take a progestin-only pill, use a backup method if you have sex with someone who has a penis within the next two days.
Here are some things you should know about birth control while traveling, according to experts.