Advice for women at altitude

Posted by Nick Colton on 24/06/2009

The UIAA (the international body for mountaineering) have produced a definitive series of mountain medicine advice sheets. The ones described here focus on women going to altitude and issues that women going to altitude might wish to be aware of.

Women going to altitude
This paper gives advice to women about their risk of altitude illness, the effect of altitude on the menstrual cycle and the use of birth control pills. It also gives advice to pregnant women about the effects high altitudes can have on their health and gives recommendations on how to prevent complications.

The paper also contains a useful bilbliography.

Read the full text of this UIAA paper here

Contraception and period control at altitude
A large proportion of women do not principally use contraception during their travel for contraceptive reasons but for regulating and controlling their periods.This paper focuses specifically on the use of contraception during altitude sojourns and reflects the official standard recommendation of UIAA MedCom, which is based on current literature. 

The paper contains a useful bibliography.

Read the full text of this UIAA paper here

There is also a useful paper on children and altitude here

See here for a list and brief descriptions of all these UIAA advice sheets



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