Not all travel
books deal specifically with women's unique health needs. That's
why it's so important for us to network and to augment what
we read with the experienced advice of other female travellers.
The more we know about our bodies' particular needs, the easier
it will be to stay healthy as we travel the world.
of Journeywoman's top "gal-travel" health considerations.
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If you are travelling for an extended period of time,
see your family physician for a full medical check-up.
Ditto for your dental check. Leaving home with a clean
bill of health is both smart and reassuring.
Seek out a local travel health specialist --
preferably a female doctor -- who has travelled extensively
herself. Her first-hand women-centered travel advice will
be invaluable especially for pregnant women, the older
adventuress or those with underlying medical conditions.
Remember that international travel might require immunization
against such diseases as malaria and yellow fever. It's
a good idea to book your initial appointment well in advance.
This way, if you require a series of follow-up shots at
weekly intervals, you won't be pressed for time.
Each traveller (especially those with other
special medical needs) should carry her doctor's phone
and fax numbers as well as copies of prescriptions for
medications she might need along the way. An e-mail address,
if available, is a very helpful idea. One never knows
when these contact numbers might prove invaluable to you
or your attending physician in some little corner of the
Your regular brand of contraceptive pill may
not always be available at your destination. Take enough
with you to last for the time you'll be travelling. You
might also want to pack a supply of condoms to protect
yourself against sexually transmitted diseases.
Understand that major stomach upsets (diarrhea or vomiting)
will cause your body to lose its ability to absorb the
contraceptive pill. For these times it is very important
to use condoms to guard against unwanted pregnancy.
sanitary napkins and condoms...
When travelling to developing countries, carry your own
supply of tampons and sanitary napkins. Many women report
that these often tend to be hard to find, they can often
be of inferior quality and, they can be very pricey.