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Ladies Only - embarrassing question!

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  • Ladies Only - embarrassing question!

    Thus the alter.

    Do any of you have suggestions for dealing with "that time of the month" on all-day or multi-day rides? Just hasn't come up before, but this time the calendar says I'll get hit with it right in the middle of a multi-day ride. I'll be overnighting at ranches, but out in the "outback" all day, with no facilities. More worried about comfort than privacy - I find a lot of products chafe if I spend a long time in the saddle, so I usually just do shorter or no riding those days. This time I'll have no choice! Help!

  • #2
    Just use tampons - they do not get in the way. Do you have dog poop bags that you can use to dispose of tampons? If so, then double bag it - dispose of tampon in the bag then expel as much air from it before you tie it. After you tie it, turn the bag upside down then you have a bag that you can tie it again. This way, no odor will escape from the used tampon. Hopefully, you'll be comfortable during the ride.
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    • #3
      DIVA CUP!

      you can use the search function for a really long, educational and funny thread on the subject.
      once you switch, you'll never go back.
      and depending on how heavy your flow is, you may be able to leave it in without emptying for a whole day or even 2.
      of course, it'd probably be best if you tested this before your ride...
      Last edited by marta; Jun. 4, 2008, 04:05 PM. Reason: edited to say it's better for the environment and your pocket book, too:)
      TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


      • #4
        Can you talk to the doctor and see if there is a medication you can take to delay it for a week or two?


        • #5
          How to put this delicately...

          If you are going to be in bear or lion country, don't be alone anywhere. If you think a dog's nose in the crotch is annoying, well...you can be smelled from quite a distance by these predators.


          • #6
            not safe!

            Originally posted by marta View Post
            you can use the search function for a really long, educational and funny thread on the subject.
            once you switch, you'll never go back.
            and depending on how heavy your flow is, you may be able to leave it in without emptying for a whole day or even 2.
            of course, it'd probably be best if you tested this before your ride...

            I believe 8 hours/overnight is the MAX safe time before risking Toxic Shock Syndrome... I wouldn't count on that!
            RIP Traveler & Tesla <3


            • #7
              Take a small pack of baby wipes with you. I found this to be the MOST important. I don't really need to go into details.
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              • #8
                I may be crazy, but I read somewhere that you can go to the doctor and have something done to stop your period. You should ask your gyn and explain the situation. In fact it was about women who travel in Africa and lions. . . Also, I carry baby wipes everywhere.
                RIP Kelly 1977-2007 "Wither thou goest, so shall I"

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                • #9

                  Originally posted by paintedtrails View Post
                  I believe 8 hours/overnight is the MAX safe time before risking Toxic Shock Syndrome... I wouldn't count on that!
                  this is not a tampon. no TSS risk from this. do some reading, it's right there in the Q&A:

                  Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is considered a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. TSS has been linked to high absorbency and prolonged use of tampons. There are now regulations in labelling for tampon absorbency to decrease the risk of TSS.

                  Symptoms of TSS often mimic the flu and can include sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, or a rash that looks like a sunburn during your period or a few days after.

                  Remember that the vagina is continually self-cleansing washing away dead cells and bacteria. The DivaCup™ is non-absorbent and is only a receptacle and does not disturb the natural moisture level in the vagina. An increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is not associated with the use of menstrual cups.
                  TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                  • Original Poster

                    Jeez, more tips that I expected! I have heard of those cups, but never tried one. I do use tampons, but the problem has been that as I approach old age my periods are much heavier than they used to be - more like teenage-style (think "Carrie"). So I tend to double up all kinds of protection, especially if I don't know when I'll have a chance to stop and change, such as when traveling. It's the pads that are the worst for chafing. I'll just have to ask everyone to stop for me frequently, I think! But I will ask my doctor if there are any meds he recommends that might be stronger than the usual Advil/Motrin, etc.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by marta View Post
                      you can use the search function for a really long, educational and funny thread on the subject.
                      once you switch, you'll never go back.
                      and depending on how heavy your flow is, you may be able to leave it in without emptying for a whole day or even 2.
                      of course, it'd probably be best if you tested this before your ride...
                      I may have to look up that thread. It's the emptying part that makes me cringe a bit!


                      • #12
                        Ooops...I didn't look up the thread you referenced...my bad!
                        RIP Traveler & Tesla <3


                        • Original Poster

                          Wow, that old thread is educational. Thanks for the tip!

                          For anyone else who wants to know:


                          • #14
                            My cousin sells the Diva cup--I missed this option due to being menopausal before the technology, darn it. My cousin is in her early thirties, has used this product for ages, like 8-10 years, I think, says she has never lost one down the toilet etc etc. So, depending on your age, of course this could be more economical, not to mention more ecological than tampons or pads, I'm thinkin'.

                            Although I dont have any personal experience, I cant imagine that the emptying of the contents could be any worse than dealing with a used tampon on the trail....


                            • #15
                              Disclaimer: Consult with your personal physician.

                              Birth control pills can be used to delay a woman's cycle for situations like this. You should consult with your doctor. I worked in women's reproductive health for years and it was very common that a doctor would recommend her patient continue on from one pack of pills directly to the next pack of pills without permitting the period to start in the situation that she just couldn't be getting her period (ie. honeymoon, traveling, etc.). They actually have birth control pills that keep a woman from menstruating for three months now. Some women do this also to prevent menstrual related migraines. This technique does not require the new 3-month cycle type of birth control pills, however. If you don't currently use birth control pills now I recommend you ask your doctor what your options are for delaying your period.

                              Don't know if this is an option for you but I thought I'd throw it out there. With this available to me, I'm much rather do that than deal with Diva Cups, tampons, etc. on the trail so long as I did not have any health conditions preventing me from using oral contraceptives. Again, consult with your doctor before doing such a thing.
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                              • #16
                                I second the Diva Cup suggestion. Much more comfortable than tampons. I don't think I'd be leaving it in as long as the previous poster suggested but you can leave them longer than tampons without leaking.


                                • #17
                                  they have birth control pills and IUDs available now where you get NO periods, ever. Ask your doc about Lybreal. I don't know why any woman who isn't trying to conceive would bother having periods now that there is a choice.


                                  • #18
                                    If you do use a medication, don't fully rely on it.
                                    When I had to "extend" my time before a period - by taking an extra week of Birth Control pills, I still had spotting.

                                    And of course, there is the option of using tampons AND a pad. You can dispose of the tampon and still have the pad.

                                    But the diva cup sounds interesting too. The emptying part might be more difficult though unless there are porta or flush toilets ???


                                    • #19
                                      &quot;Instead&quot; (like diva cup but disposable)

                                      I use some thing like the diva cup called "instead" they carry them at walgreens. And they are DISPOSABLE. Just wrap it up, and dispose of it properly.

                                      Works great, you can leave it for more then 8 hours (like the diva cup). Change at night and in AM and you should be fine for a full day of riding.

                                      I clicked on the other link also.. I do not find "Instead" messy at all, and there certainly isn't any re-using like the Diva Cup. May not be the most "green" option, but great for trips like this.

                                      For me, its a must have on mountain biking / rafting trips in the summer!
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                                      • #20
                                        Not really sure why handling of a blood soaked tampon or pad would be more pleasant than emptying out a blood filled cup.
                                        And for those of you having concerns about emptying it out on a trail, while it may take a bit longer than it take to just squat down and pee, it really shouldn't be any more complicated than itd be if you needed to switch a pad or a tampon.
                                        It saves you a ton of $ and it is so much more eco friendly than tampons pads or instead.
                                        Love my Diva cup!
                                        TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique