You see, I'm a woman. As a woman I'm cursed with this thing (in disguise of a blessing, since it makes me fertile) that makes me bleed every month. For six days. Including pain so extensive that for the first two days I feel like someone kicked me in the crotch and I can barely move or sit down, much less ride a bike. (On those days I either take the bus to uni or skip uni altogether, instead of biking as I'm not big on painkillers. I would be willing to forego my usual aversion to painkillers on a bike tour, though.)
There are several travel blogs by bikers on the internet and many of them are female. I read three blogs last night written by female bikers who'd spent 4 weeks biking round Iceland.
Not one of them touched the subject of what the hell you do about your bleeding vagina whilst on a bike trip IN THE WILDERNESS where there are no public loos for miles on end.
When I googled the subject, I found NOTHING. seriously, are women so squeamish that they don't talk about this? WHAT DO THESE FEMALE BIKERS DO?!
I'm going on a 5 week bike trip to Iceland next summer and those of you of the female sex who've done the same, could you please, please, englighten me as to what you did on your own trips?
I found a forum in which a few girls discussed the merits of pads over tampons while biking, and another that adviced 'plan your trip so you can stop every few hours and change the pad or tampon' which is very good advice if you're travelling in populated areas, but you know, WILDERNESS. Between Egilstadir and Mývatn, there's some 110km of NOTHING, for example. I just won't have that option and many of you didn't either.
TL;DR: How do women manage their menstruation on long bike trips in areas with little opportunity to use a loo?