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Long Term Health - Medical Quito - Ecuador

Women's Health

Getting oral contraceptives while in Quito is, in many cases, easier than in the United States or other places. No prescription or gynocological consultation is necessary; you can simply walk into any pharmacy and ask for it. The more difficult part is finding the particular brand of birth control you are on, as not all brands are available in Ecuador and each pharmacy carries different kinds. It is possible to get either generic (like Microgynon) or brand name pills (like Yaz or Yasmin).

However, accessing emergency contraception is sometimes a bit more complicated. It really depends on the pharmacy and pharmacist, as it differs from place to place. Some people in Ecuador believe the morning-after pill skews closer to an abortive measure than a contraceptive method, and sometimes these viewpoints affect the willingness of a pharmacist to give you the pill. A prescription is usually necessary for emergency contraception and often times an entire gynocological exam is required before the doctor will give you a prescription. Some morning-after pill brands available in Ecuador include Escapel, Glanique 1, Impreviat, PostDay, Pregnon and Tace.

Parasitic Infections

One long-term health risk while traveling South America is the possibility of contracting a parasitic infection. This can happen as a result of consuming food (either cooked or undercooked) or water contaminated with parasites or their eggs, having contact with parasite-infected water or soil, or being bit by an infected insect. Parasites are tiny organisms that live off of and feed off of larger hosts at the expense of the host. Both one-cell protozoa and worms infect humans, often seeking refuge in their intestinal tracts, causing digestive problems and abdominal pain. Other symptoms include fever, rashes, weight loss and muscle aches. Parasitic infections are more common in rural areas than in urban ones. Some preventive measures include not drinking tap water, only eating thoroughly cooked food, avoiding street food or unpeeled fruits and not wading in stagnant pools of water. Parasitic infections are treated with anti-parasitic drugs or through natural methods. If you suspect you may have a parasitic infection, contact your doctor immediately.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

CMV is a common infection that belongs to the herpes virus group. CMV is transmitted through direct contact with saliva, semen, urine, blood and other bodily fluids, or can be passed on to a newborn baby through the mother. Most people are infected by CMV at some point in their lives, but often times the symptoms remain dormant and the infected person is unaware of even having had it. Symptoms closely resemble those to mononucleosis like swollen glands, fatigue, a soar throat and fever. Those traveling to Ecuador are more likely to contract CMV because it is more widespread in South American populations. There is no vaccine nor any official treatment available, though there are some drugs that can be prescribed to subdue the symptoms.

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By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

17 May 2011

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