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The goal of this article is to normalize the experience of menstruation during a planting season and make related health, safety, and wellness information more available.

This information was gathered as a joint effort by members of Radical Silviculture, a facebook group dedicated to policy and social reform, upholding equity for systematically marginalized folks, and advocating for human and worker rights within the silviculture sector. Thank you to those who shared their knowledge and experience to help create this resource!

Menstrual Products in the Bush

Issues That Come Up

Pain Management

A message for new planters

Planting will have a physical effect on your body. Intense physical exercise can result in altered flow schedules and lighter periods. Some people have experienced their period stopping altogether due to strenuous physical activity. It’s also common for planters’ cycles to sync up from living in a close community. New planters shouldn’t necessarily be worried if they see changes in their cycle. However, if you are concerned about things not feeling normal during planting, you can always visit the local clinic or chat with your family doctor.

Camp First Aid attendants will be available for any medical issues and drive you to the hospital for UTI treatment or other serious concerns. When medical concerns are not related to workplace injuries or illness and do not require evaluation from a first aid attendant (they are neither doctors nor gynecologists), you don’t need to report or disclose information. You can request a ride to the local clinic.

A message for management, first aiders, and senior leadership

A great way to support people who menstruate within the company is to:

  • Buy menstrual products and keep them in camps and trucks.

  • Provide buckets and water near the portapotties so folks can clean menstrual cups and discs.

  • Prioritize getting garbages set up near portapotties during camp set up for folks who are menstruating.

  • Make an emergency period kit available, including nitrile gloves, travel-size hand sanitizer, tampons (various sizes), over-the-counter pain medication, and baby wipes. If putting this in every truck is not an option, consider having at least one in camp.

  • Talk about menstrual safety during orientation.

  • Normalize the menstrual experience by sharing resources and information.

  • Normalize supporting employees who need to take a day off for pain management.

People who menstruate while working in remote areas face unique challenges, from discomfort and stigma to health concerns and limited resources. These challenges require attention and compassion. To create safety and foster inclusion companies can provide access to menstrual products, and adequate hygiene facilities, create supportive policies that recognize different needs, and normalize discussion and advocacy around menstruation.


**Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The information in this article is intended to provide general information and support for individuals who menstruate while tree planting or doing other forestry work. Please consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance regarding your specific health and well-being. Suggestions and recommendations in this article should not replace professional advice or treatment. Always consider your own circumstances before implementing suggestions from others.


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