Can you take Sayana Press with you on a flight?

Sayana Press, the contraceptive injection, can be a great option if you travel a lot or you’re going abroad. It lasts for 13 weeks, it’s not affected by crossing time zones, and it still works well even if you get a bout of tummy trouble (like diarrhoea or vomiting) which can be more common when visiting new countries.

If your next injection is due when you’re away, you’ll need to take Sayana Press with you on your travels. There are a few things you should know before travelling by aeroplane with Sayana Press injectables.

Travel with Sayana Press in your hand luggage. This makes sure it stays at room temperature. If you put it in a bag that gets checked in, the Sayana Press might then get exposed to extreme temperatures in the hold. Temperature changes can disrupt the liquid of the injection and stop it from working properly.

Because Sayana Press has a needle built-in, you’ll need a letter from your doctor with you when you travel. This named standard letter should explain why you must keep this medication in your hand luggage. You might need to show this at the security check.

Travelling with other types of contraception

According to the UK government’s advice, you can take medicine or medical equipment in your carry-on if you need it on your journey.

If the medicine is a liquid and its container is over 100ml, you’ll need to have something that proves it was prescribed to you. This could be a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription.

You don’t need any kind of proof or paperwork to carry liquids under 100ml and other forms of medication - like pills, patches or rings.

If you’re travelling with any medication, it’s recommended that you keep it in its original packaging. And remember to check expiry dates to make sure the medication is valid for the whole of your trip.

Sometimes airport staff at the security check might need to open any containers of liquid to screen them at the security point.

Written by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse
Last updated at: 05 February 2024
Published on: 02 June 2023