Birth control is taken by women each year for a variety of reasons besides just to prevent pregnancy. According to the CDC, “In 2015–2017, 64.9% of the 72.2 million women aged 15–49 in the United States were currently using contraception in the United States of America.” This is a large number of women.
Birth control can be used for women to:
The benefits of birth control are amazing and it’s important that we start to realize its true potential especially if we are frequent travelers. In this article, you are going to learn about 4 ways birth control can help you while traveling. If you’re looking to try birth control: visit www.simplehealth.com/yourlifetravel. SimpleHealth is an online pharmaceutical company that will send you birth control pills directly to your door.
How birth control can help you while traveling
#1- Birth control is good because it can stop your period altogether
Not everyone wants to stop their periods. In fact, if this is the first time you are hearing that birth control can be used for this purpose, you might be scared to try it.
True story: When I was around 10 years old, I started my period for the first time. I tell the whole story in the Your Life Travel podcast, season 7: Episode 1 on Spotify or iTunes. When I started my period, I had extreme cramps and pain. I remember every month asking my mom why God made me a girl. I hated my time of the month. “Why didn’t boys get periods, too?” I yelled. When I got old enough, I took myself to a doctor out of concern that I might have Endometriosis. Turns out, I didn’t. I did, however, have large fibroids in my uterus that caused terrible pains.
My doctor decided to put me on birth control. She stated, “there is no scientific reason for a woman to have a period other than to have kids.” I was 18 and had no desire to have kids or a period anymore so I took birth control for about 2 years of my life. For two years, I didn’t have a period nor a need for one. I was able to travel the world without having to think about packing pads or tampons or stressing because I started my period in another country. All I had to do was remember to pack enough birth control to last the duration of my vacation.
This is just my personal experience and it doesn’t work for everyone the same. If you are thinking about using birth control to skip your periods, please consult a doctor and allow them to provide you with the best birth control for your body.
#2- Birth control can help alleviate your pain so you can do other things
The truth is that when we are traveling, we want to experience everything that we can. Period pains can hold us back from living life. I know for myself personally as I was growing up, I missed days of school, missed days where I could have been out playing with my friends, and even missed work because of pain I have felt. Women are not superheroes. We feel pain too just like men and pain has the ability to hold us back in life. But, we can take control of our pain and lives through different types of medication.
Personally, though because of my medical condition, painkillers never worked for me. If they work for you, that’s awesome!!!
#3- Birth control helps to regulate periods
This is a key thing for travelers because so many women don’t have regular periods. When we don’t have a regular period, it can be hard to know exactly when our period is going to start or not start. When we know when we are going to be out, we are capable of scheduling our lives around that event. This allows us to travel period free and have the flexibility to have our periods another time.
Tip: Download an app like Clue or P Tracker that will calculate exactly when your period is coming, when you’re fertile, and when you’re ovulating. This is also a way to help you plan your trips properly while traveling.
#4- Birth control can reduce the risks of ovarian cysts
Take it from someone who has had fibroids, cysts are not fun. They are painful, they can send you to the hospital, and they can possibly kill you if not treated. When we lower the risk of having ovarian cysts, we protect our bodies from going through the pain and help keep us safe while overseas. You never know when a cyst can rupture in your body and cause problems.
True story: One day in 2018, I was saving money to go to Greece. I was working a full-time job at a Global bank where I was in charge of a team that helped clients navigate their debt to income ratio and find ways to increase their credit score. One of my co-workers asked me to house sit for her one weekend while she and her husband went to the Florida Keys. It was early in the morning when her dog woke me up one day and I couldn’t understand why. I was so tired but when I stood up to see what the dog wanted, I collapsed and realized I was laying in a pool of my own blood. My body was bleeding out fast and I was all alone.
I called my father who called his brother who quickly came to pick me up and rushed me to the hospital. When we got to the hospital that was when I was told by a doctor that I would never be able to have kids and that fibroids had completely taken over my insides. I was devastated and scared. But imagine for a second that you were in my shoes. Imagine though that instead of house sitting, you were in a foreign country when this was going on. How do you get help? Where do you go?
When we lower our chances for cysts in our bodies, we lower the risk of a possible death while traveling. It’s so important to take care of our bodies as women.
I understand that birth control is not for everyone. But if birth control is for you, consider checking out SimpleHealth. They make getting birth control super easy and convenient. You can go onto their website, answer questions about you and your health for a real doctor to review and write a prescription for, then they send you the birth control to your door monthly. I personally have tried out their service and I have to say it is way easier than going to a doctor. Use my link: www.simplehealth.com/yourlifetravel to get a FREE consultation valued at $20.00.
Cienna Richards is a world traveler who believes in empowering women to travel the world and live their best life. You can follow Cienna on Instagram or on the Your Life Travel podcast on Spotify or iTunes.