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Animica
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I'm studying abroad next semester with my boyfriend (most likely Spain or France), and while we're not having intercourse, we think that since we'll be living together while studying abroad (we don't live together now), we might at some point be interested in it. Thing is, I'm not on birth control, and relying only on condoms is out of the question for us (we're all about safe sex. [Smile] ). I'd like to get on birth control for when I go study abroad, but here's my question: if I get birth control, how will I get the pills/shots/patches/ring each month (or whatever the interval is [Razz] ) if I'm in Europe? Btw, I live in America, if it helps any.

Also, what other things should I consider? Who should I ask? My gyn? The people at planned parenthood?

[ 05-21-2011, 06:38 PM: Message edited by: Animica ]

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Captain Girl
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The key people to ask about this are the administrators of the program you're studying abroad with. You don't have to mention birth control - ask about how students obtain prescription medication while abroad. How would they recommend that you get what you need? Should you arrange to bring all the necessary supplies with you? Will you qualify for treatment under national health care systems while you're abroad, and will those systems be able and willing to provide your preferred control? Is it legal to ship prescription medication overseas these days, if you want to have your parents pick up your 'scrips at home and send them to you?
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Djuna
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Hi Animica! Captain Girl's advice is good - talk to the administrators of your program. Your gyn and Planned Parenthood are both good people to ask about this too. It may be possible to get medications stocked up in advance for this kind of long travel. Too, if you're able to speak to the administrators of the university you'll be visiting that can be a massive help.

I can research the Spanish and French healthcare systems for you, but it'll probably be tomorrow before I can get back to you on that, okay? [Smile]

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Animica
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Sorry I took so long. =_="

That's great advice. I'm making an appointment with my gyn soon, and I'll ask the lady at the international studies office. Patrick, I'd really appreciate if you could do that. Any help would be awesome. Also, I've decided on Spain. [Smile]

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