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WOMEN’S HEALTH

Emotional stress, exhaustion and traveling through different time zones can all contribute to an upset in the menstrual pattern. If you are using oral contraceptives, remember that some antibiotics, diarrhea and vomiting can stop the pill from working and lead to the risk of pregnancy. Remember to take condoms with you just in case. Condoms should be kept in a cool dry place or they may crack and perish.

 Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 24 hours after unprotected sex ask at the pharmacy for the ertesi gün hapı (the morning-after-pill). The International Planned Parent Federation www.ippf.org can advise you about the availability contraception in Turkey and other countries. Sanitary pads and tampons are fairly readily available in the country, but tampons are expensive -bring your own from home. 

Traveling during pregnancy is usually possible, but there are important things to consider. Have a medical check-up before embarking on your trip. The most risky times for travel are during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when miscarriage is most likely, and after 30 weeks, when complications such as high blood pressure and premature delivery can occur. Most Airlines will not accept a traveler after 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy and in the later stages long-haul flights can be very uncomfortable. Antenatal facilities vary greatly in Turkey and you should think carefully before traveling in out-of-the-way places, bearing in mind the cultural and linguistic difficulties, not to mention poor medical standards you might face if anything goes wrong. Take the written records of the pregnancy, including details of your blood group, which is likely to be helpful if you need medical attention while away (in Turkey you have to pay for blood infusions unless a friend supplies the blood for you) Ensure your insurance policy covers birth and postnatal care, but remember that insurance policies are only as good as the facilities available.

If you're pregnant or breastfeeding it always pays to double-check the drug and dosage you have been prescribed by doctors or pharmacists in Turkey. The appropriateness of some drugs and correct dosage for pregnant or lactating women is sometimes overlooked. You can use the earlier websites   to check the generic drug and it's recommended dosage.