Female Health Concerns (Men don't ignore this!)
- November 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm #16027
I’m guessing a majority of preppers are male, yet (hopefully) have females in your life. So in your medical knowledge and preps don’t forget the ladies and things related to menstruation and pregnancy/child birth. For menstruation/periods you (they) are going to need things like menstruation cups or tampons/sanitary pads, pain relievers and magnesium for pain/cramping, etc. (more on this later…) For pregnancy and births they’ll need nutritional supplements, OB kits, bottles and diapers, etc. Most men are just not going to think of these things and stock them, we don’t use tampons so we don’t think of them. So, do some research and include the ladies in it and learn and stock.
Now I’m going to share a couple things with you. I have a 20 year old daughter that lives with me and will be with me in any SHTF environment. We have stocked some tampons and sanitary pads but at some point those will be gone. Using leaves is not going to be so good. A better alternative is the menstruation cup (“Diva cup”) and there are disposable and re-usable ones. Long term re-usable being the better option of course. Anyway I got some some disposable ones to try and my daughter used them said she is absolutely sold on them. Easier, much more hygienic, and way less expensive. So now we need to buy a couple re-usable ones, and they’re about $40. So, something to think about.
My daughter also has persistent ovarian cyst syndrome and so has excruciating pain and cramping during periods. Most periods, although she has never missed work, other than when at work basically all her time is spent in the bathtub with magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) and in bed with a heating pad, curled up in pain. Magnesium supplements, epsom salts, and things like Midol/Pamprin help a little.
Changing gears a second….a while back I’d seen a video by the Patriot Nurse going through her herbal formulary. One thing she had was red raspberry leaf which she said was very good for female reproductive health. A few weeks ago I was browsing our local herbal store and saw they had a big bag for like $16. i got it and a tea ball and we made tea. We like it and my daughter really likes it. We combine it with ginger tea which has it’s own health benefits.
Anyway, we waited on her next period to see how it worked. And IT WORKED. My daughter started drinking the tea just before period was due to start, and then through the period. NO PAIN and NO CRAMPS. She says it’s a miracle, a truly life changing thing for her. At one point she started to cramp, drank half a cup of tea and within 15 minutes cramping was gone. We wish we had known about this years ago and could have foregone all the excruciating pain and misery. So that is why I’m sharing all this with you. if you have ladies in your life you need to explore this.
Almost finally, I’ve also stocked pregnancy testers and 2 OB delivery kits. Not expensive and if you need them you need them. “life” won’t stop just cause SHTF.
And now finally, although not current, I was an EMT for 6 years with a very busy ambulance service. I’ve seen most everything and I’m advising you, if you are squeamish about medical issues and can’t think about, talk about, or take action on them, you have seriously got to GET OVER IT. Learning will go a long way towards that end. But think about it, if the sight of blood makes you sick, lock up and cease to function, what are you going to do when a family member is shot or hits their foot with an axe or is fixin to pop out a baby? You gotta get over it. For yourself and those around you, get some knowledge and get prepared. Tourniquets and bandages are great but if you don’t know how to use them you’re screwed – and so is your patient. Medicines are good but natural/herbal/sustainable medicines are even better. Thanks for reading.November 29, 2017 at 4:11 am #16052
Thank you, OC. This is an important topic for SHTF. I would add birth control to your list of female health and hygiene preps. Also, haveing soft flannel sheets or bolts of fabric will serve double or triple duty. You can use the fabric for clothing, blankets, cloth diapers and cloth feminine napkins (pads).November 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm #16055
OC – Great write up on female oriented topics, particularly the personal experience aspects, well, your daughters. ?
Admin – great idea on the bolt of fabric! Although I had not thought of that, makes perfect sense and my thinking is to stay with white cotton fabric. This should avoid issues with synthetics let alone easier to maintain hygiene by the old fashion “boil wash”.
Tip? An additional purpose for feminine napkins and tampons. Although my group does do not have women in or going to be in the menstruation age, I have included them in my medical preps. Both napkins and tampons come individually wrapped which keeps them hygienically clean.
Napkins are a great multi-purpose absorbent towel for larger wound care where exsanguination control is necessary.
Tampons for same purpose but more to the puncture type injury, be it GSW, arrow, spear, etc. There are secondary value with tampons, particularly plastic case, they come in; these can be re-purposed in multiple ways. The fabric and also be used for fire starting particularly when soaked in sanitizing liquid or VaselineNovember 30, 2017 at 4:33 am #16059
Thank you Admin. This topic could be an an entire chapter but I was trying to keep as short as I could. Mainly wanted to scream from the mountaintop about the red raspberry leaf tea. Who would think a cup of all natural tea would be more powerful than prescription and over the counter medicine? Life changing for my daughter. And a couple re-usable cups vs. 10,000 tampons/pads. Just the better way to go I think. And to your suggestion on soft cloth….soft cloth and some safety pins or 10,000 diapers? Cloth! So many uses, and all the clothing and blanket stores will be closed. Birth control I’m not sure about since it’s all prescription would be hard to have more than a few months on hand. Good to have of course but don’t know of a long term solution. Of course there’s probably a tea for that 🙂 I am a male so fairly low level knowledge in the issues of the fairer sex.November 30, 2017 at 4:52 am #16060
Thanks TN Homesteader. Yep, tampons and pads multi use. I remember Creek Stewart wrote on article on 7 uses for tampon, water filter, cordage, tinder etc. along with would care. I keep some in my medical kits.December 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm #16074
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