Medical Commission gives advice on contraception at altitude
The document, the latest part of a series of recommendation papers by the commission, is a valuable source of information for women going on expeditions, especially to altitude. It provides the most up-to-date information on the topic. (see “Advice and Recommendations” page).
A lot of women using contraceptives on expeditions, or at altitude, are doing so in order to control or regulate their menstruation cycle, and not just for contraceptive reasons. This document has been produced with both angles in mind.
The affects that travelling, altitude and other issues can have on both the menstruation cycle and contraception are highlighted in the article. Many forms of contraception are listed and details given in relation to their effectiveness, including controlling periods in extreme conditions.