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Hi Ladies!
I am new to this forum and looking for some advice.  I will be attempting a 7 day, roughly 80 miles, backpacking trip in August on the HIghline Trail in the High Uintahs  in Utah with my husband and 2 other guys.  Most of the trail is above 10,000 feet and the timberline.  I am also expecting to be on my period for 5 of those days :(.  Any new, wonderful products out there or any advice on dealing with it?  I really don't want to bail out and I really don't want to feel anxious about it either.  
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Have you ever used a Diva cup? Or any other reusuable cup? That might be the best way to go, just dig a cathole and rinse out with a squeeze bottle and antiseptic wet wipe. You can even boil them in water a few times to give it a good clean if your pot is big enough.

I have not used one yet. (I am still post partum and nursing from my 2nd babe), but I plan to when my period comes back.

Otherwise, zip lock bags and OB tampons (the ones without the applicator) are another good choice. Bring extra underwear because of odor and wash them often. They can hang dry over night.


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I've used a cup before and it was pretty messy.  The boiling tip and extra underwear is a good idea.  Maybe I just need some practice and some patience :)  I also like the OB brand tampon for the trail.  Thanks so much!
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I'd never heard of the Diva Cup until this thread.  It sounds sorta terrifying.  I did a 5 day backpacking trip in the UP last year, while I had my period.  I brought a gallon zip lock bag for disposal and changed frequently (both underwear and tampon).  I was comfortable and felt discrete about it.  Sometimes just doing the usual thing is the most comfortable.

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I've not had the best of luck with my diva cup when I really needed to depend on it... it seems like the more I need to rely on it not to leak, the more likely it is to leak, and never just a little bit.  

I would just go the OB route and pack them out myself.
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Maxi pads are the same things as wound dressings - so a doctor has told me... dual use! So I usually have a few already in the pack. If expecting something I bring twice the number I think I will need, plus adequate ziplocs and tp and a few individually wrapped wet wipes.

It's not been much of an inconvenience most of the time...


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I've done it too.  I use a Diva cup at night (max capacity--I haven't had leakage problems but it's not completely comfortable either), and tampons during the day.  Historically it's not been a problem.  Double-bag the waste, and haul it out.  Take about 1/2 again more than the most you ever need at home, and extra TP or wipes.

However, as I'm nearing the beginning of the end (as it were), my periods have gotten hellacious.  I'm beginning to think about getting hormones to keep it away at some crucial times (like next summer when we go to Peru).  I'm no fan of messing with my natural hormones and cycles, but. . .


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However, as I'm nearing the beginning of the end (as it were), my periods have gotten hellacious.  I'm beginning to think about getting hormones to keep it away at some crucial times (like next summer when we go to Peru).  I'm no fan of messing with my natural hormones and cycles, but. . .

I'm beginning to think of a hysterectomy.  I want another baby, but as that seems to be unlikely to happen, I'd just as soon be done with the whole damn mess.  I'm giving it another year...

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Find a lightweight dark colored nylon stuff sack - to contain everything discretely.

Take a few more zip locs than you think you'll need - they don't weigh anything.

Ditto with baby wipes.  You can always dry them out to save a little weight - add water on the trail to re-wet.


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I use a combo of ob tampons and panty liners. Double bag everything. Totally agree with bringing more than you need and don't put it all together. Keep some separate in a side pocket/pouch for easy access on the trail. If you take the pill you can start the next month's pack a few days early to change the timing of your cycle (if by the calendar that would be helpful).
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I guess after 40 YEARS of dealing with it, it just seems pretty routine, even on a BP trip.  As others have said:  extra supplies, OBs are compact and handy, extra TP, extra zip locs, an opaque bag to keep discards (don't want to scare the husband!) and I like the little single serve packet Germ-X's or Handi-wipes for clean up.  Panty liners are a good extra safety measure.
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If you take the pill you can start the next month's pack a few days early to change the timing of your cycle (if by the calendar that would be helpful).

This works. Your OB/Gyn would tell you the same thing. There's no reason not to skip the leaky week and start a new pack right away if important life events make menstruating...unwanted.
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I do the 3 months on pill, 1 week off routine.

At first it was annoying because of spotting when my period was supposed to be, but after 2 cycles, things evened out and it works well for me.

It just depends on what you're comfortable with.
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I do the 3 months on pill, 1 week off routine.

At first it was annoying because of spotting when my period was supposed to be, but after 2 cycles, things evened out and it works well for me.

It just depends on what you're comfortable with.

+1 to this approach. Having 4 periods a year and being able to plan when they fall is priceless.  Every year I ask my doctor questions to be sure I'm not doing something harmful to my body (although I don't plan to have kids) and in some instances, the pill actually decreases various cancer risks.

(And with the latest health care laws, apparently birth control is 100% covered, so it's literally price-less :) )


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I do the 3 months on pill, 1 week off routine.

At first it was annoying because of spotting when my period was supposed to be, but after 2 cycles, things evened out and it works well for me.

It just depends on what you're comfortable with.

+1 to this approach. Having 4 periods a year and being able to plan when they fall is priceless.  Every year I ask my doctor questions to be sure I'm not doing something harmful to my body (although I don't plan to have kids) and in some instances, the pill actually decreases various cancer risks.

(And with the latest health care laws, apparently birth control is 100% covered, so it's literally price-less :) )

I think my jaw dropped when I made my first pill purchase this year. I buy mail order, so I get 3 months at a time and was expecting the $30 charge. That was about the time I started doing some reading. I apparently missed a few things. lol
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That's how I found out, too - went to the pharmacy, expecting to pay the usual $45 for 3 months and it was free.  I had budgeted $180 in my FSA for the year, but used that right up with two root canals anyways!

I don't necessarily agree with the premise, but whatever!   :laugh:


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That's how I found out, too - went to the pharmacy, expecting to pay the usual $45 for 3 months and it was free.  I had budgeted $180 in my FSA for the year, but used that right up with two root canals anyways!

I don't necessarily agree with the premise, but whatever!   :laugh:

Well, free birth control might be a cost saver in the long run.  Don't have to prevent very many pregnancies to cover the price of a huge pile of pills.

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Pretty much what everyone else said, +1000 on taking 1/2 again what you think you'll need, especially on the TP.  I forgo panty liners in favor of more absorbant thin pads (I have a few days at the beginning where even with tampons all bets are off, yeesh).

I also make sure that I've got enough room in my pack for the trash.  Usually that means taking the pack with the bigger lid, LOL.

I don't know how I pulled it off this year, but it's probably the first year where all my (pre)planned camping trips are in the clear, so to speak!


Ps - enjoy the Highline Trail.  I could spend a whole summer in the Uintas.   :)


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I use ob tampons (less trash and take up less space) and have a double zip lock bag that I cover in duct tape that I put all my trash in. I then keep my tampons, extra TP and hand sanitizer in another zip lock, so everything I need is easy to grab when I need it. Also, baby wipes are great for cleaning up as well.

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