Menstruation Cycle and Trekking

There is lot of wrong information about woman trekking in menstruation cycles. I am of the view that everyone is different and periods can be a serious factor, can become life threatening too.
I will divide my point of view in low level – easy trekking and high altitude -moderate to tough level of trekking.
Most important factor which effects female body while trekking is Hemoglobin and bleeding time. Hb [ Hemoglobin ] is vital component which provides iron to all vital organs of body and BT which is known as bleeding time is time when a cut / bleeding stops. If a woman trekkers has low Hb , she is very much prone to get trouble in periods- and main symptom is nausea, weakness, vomiting which in extreme cases, may cause trekker to collapse.
Low Hb can be due to many reasons, mal nutrition, radiation / chemotherapy, medicine induced, genetic issues are common reasons – and if proper treatment is avoided, strenuous exercise of trekking may cause severe pressure on vital organs of body. Bleeding time which can be effected by being diabetic, blood thinner medicines, alcohol can be deadly as bleeding once started takes too long to stop or don’t stop. This nonstop flow can be fatal in remote regions of Himalayas.
Now, we can well imagine what would happen to a female trekker who is in high altitudes. Rigorous exercise may prove fatal and in absence of correct diagnose and treatment – too much loss of blood can happen.
Everyone is different. Get your blood tests done and do meet your Gynecologist before you set foot out. If you are fine with your pathological reports, you are good to go.
There is one more serious condition which most urban woman suffer from, Pelvic Swellings. There could be many normal or serious complications one may have but most prominent factors are : ‎Endometriosis – ‎Ectopic Pregnancy – ‎Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – ‎Ovarian Cyst.
Gynecological analysis and understanding is very much important and selection of trek should be according to fitness and experience. Please keep in mind that Himalayas do not have rescue and medical services as developed countries have – thus a negligence or ignorance can be life threatening out there.
And if one lands up into circumstances where you yourself or any fellow trekkers suffers from weakness, bleeding or pelvic pain, evacuation and bringing the trekker to lower elevation is thumb rule.


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