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Trekking During Periods

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

Thinking about canceling your trek because your bleeding dates clash with the batch dates? You were not raised with adventure in your heart to scare away from such a petty issue!


You might think enduring exertion will lead you to have worse cramps but on the contrary, the more you exercise, the less painful your periods are. The thought of being physically active during your periods might feel like a punch in your uterus but believe us, the more you move it the less you will feel it.


How to handle your periods while you are trekking? Don't worry we got everything you need.


1. GET OVER THE TABOO

Come on now, as much as we don't want men to know about it, *News Flash* ? THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT IT, and when it comes to the trek leaders, they probably know more about the problems faced during treks, about the aspirin you should take. ( Meftal Spas is our savior girls). So shut the opposing voices in your head, walk up to your trek leader, ask and you shall be served with the solution.


2. DISPOSE OF THEM RIGHT

Sanitary pads and tampons are made of non-biodegradable material. So it is a big no-no to throw them away in the wild because all they will do is pollute nature and lay there forever. The solution for this is to carry ziplock pouches with you, stuff your used absorbents in them, carry it to the nearest town and respectfully dispose of them in a bin. Yes, the thought is a little gross and might feel like the vein of your nose is just being pulled out, but hey, we have some duties towards our mother nature (but yes it is totally gross).


3. HYGIENIC ALL THE WAY

Blooper alert', you are more prone to urinary tract infections during your periods. So to be of the safer side, carry enough sanitary pads and change them at regular intervals. Carry hand sanitizer, tissues, extra bottom layer (just in case) and you are suited up my 'SUPERWOMEN'.



  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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