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I'm leaving the country next month for vacation(YIPEE!) and I will be gone for about three weeks. There will be about a 16 hour time differece and it's about twelve hours on the plane. Any recommendations on how I should take my pills both on the plane, when I get there and how to adjust when I come back?

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When traveling? Your best bet is to just try and take the pill to the best of your ability at a time that you'll remember while on vacation. This can throw your pill-timing off quite a bit, but it's a lot easier than trying to make a bunch of calculations and get stuck taking your pill smack in the middle of the night or something odd.

I tried to time out taking my pill when I traveled to New Zealand last year (about an 18 hour difference) and would have had to take my pill at totally ridiculous times, so I counted from when I had last taken a pill (hour wise) and remembered to take one while on the plane, but then just took them in the mornings again once I was on-land.

Then, if you're going to be sexually active when you get back? Use a back-up method (ie. condoms) until you begin your next cycle.

Also? Just be aware that travel and switching lots of time-zones can cause some stress on your cycles, as is, and because juggling taking the pill along with that can cause some cycle wonkiness too, don't be surprised if you experience some mid-cycle spotting/withdrawl bleed timing changing for this cycle, etc. Then again, you very may well not experience any cycle strangeness.

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