Female Survival: Menstrual Period and Birth Control

If you’re a woman, “harden” takes a whole new meaning in a crisis situation. Deal with “those days of the month, sex and possible labor at an emergency situation are things you should take into account in their preparations.

This is the first post of a series dedicated to the female audience, that has differentiated needs in relation to men. Today we’ll talk about how to deal with menstruation and birth control.

Menstrual period

Women definitely have different issues to deal with during the crisis. Daily survival also include dealing with periods, a very sensitive topic to be addressed but that needs to be discussed. There are medications that cause the Suppression of menstruation, however these must first be studied and seen if will not cause side effects in users, so I prefer that such matter be viewed directly with your doctor.

For those who prefer not to suppress your menstruation or run out of the medication for such Act, there are options. We all know some:

Tampons: easily found, are used by most women. To be cheap can be purchased in large quantity to be used in the future as it does not have an expiration date. The downside is that in situations of continuous physical exertion can cause discomfort for the woman and generate diaper rash.

OB: are also found with ease, are inexpensive and do not have expiration dates, but are more practical (make less mess) and cause less discomfort to the woman in physical activities. Pay attention to the fact that the woman should be used when your use before an emergency situation.

Diva Cup: did not find the term in Portuguese but is a quite interesting since it is reusable and has no validity. Basically this container is used internally (like the OB) and holds the blood of the menstrual period. Can be used for up to 12 consecutive hours. If there are custom in use it, seems to be one of the most viable long-term options.

Cotton: that’s right, cotton. In ancient times, women used to use a folded cloth made of cotton in the form of a tampon. Worked very well but would care with hygiene.

You must think also in store medications that prevent or reduce colic, which affects some women with great intensity. Another point which I stressed are the behavioral changes in the period of PMS (pre or post menstrual Tension), but I can’t imagine that such factors influence so great for survival. Everyone will be going through behavioral changes, traumas and wear daily situations, so have the emotional sensitivity a bit more unstable is not much difference as well, although that is something that is worth some consideration.

Contraceptive methods

Talking about the issue soon leads us to the other menstrual theme quite complex for women, sex. There’s no reason to think that such an act will not happen during a crisis scenario, after all, in long-term scenarios still have our needs and desires. In some accounts, we can observe that the sex tends to be even more present, since it is a form of escape from the emergency situation you are.

We should think so on how protection can be made. Remember that men do not think too much about it and in a crisis scenario, will think much less.

Condoms: If you have a stable partner, condoms are the most effective form of contraception and during a crisis that’s not going to change. If you plan to be sexually active you will need to stock up on condoms, because men tend to not worry about it … but keep in mind that the validity of these a day will expire and you will need otherwise.

Diaphragm: This is an alternative to hormonal control. It is reusable and is 84% to 94% effective when used correctly with spermicide. If you have a partner committed, this may be the best option for you. Even though not as effective as condoms, a diaphragm requires less need for stock.

IUD: polyethylene artifacts entered inside the uterine cavity, which by means of local chemical reactions increase the efficiency control pills. This is long term, but needs adopted before a period of crisis and offers some risks to the woman. Remembering that has side effects such as increased bleeding and cramping during menstruation.

If all else fails, learn to deal with a baby in this scenario will not be easy. Find hygienic conditions and available supplies will be near impossible. Anyway, not all birth control is 100% control and some women may already be pregnant when you see in emergency situation. All women should begin to get in touch with old delivery techniques, just for extra knowledge. Obviously, clean cloths, hot water, bandages and medications will be essential. I think this topic about childbirth can be separated into a single post, since it is of great specificity.

Anyway, these are just a few of the needs to be reflected if you are female. Know that if you don’t have a partner, the whole scenario will be even more difficult, but far from impossible. When searching for this topic on the internet I realized that there was little on the subject, which really left me compelled to approach it to help the female audience to examine some peculiarities. To write these posts, I am researching a lot on the subject and of course, following guidelines from my wife.

Men and women, what they think of these additional needs and how come getting ready for such questions?