One area of concern for women is diving and menstruation. "Is it safe to dive while you are menstruating" and "Are we at greater risk for decompression illness during this time" are two common questions.
And, of course we can't forget the big question, "Will sharks be attracted during this period?"
First the question of diving while menstruating. First, there really is no conclusive evidence to state that women divers are at increased risk of DCI during their period.
However, some studies suggest that women may be at increased risk during the first week of their cycle.
These studies weren't conducted on open water divers but rather within the aerospace industry and for medical hyperbaric therapy.
Some studies also suggest, but do not prove, that women taking oral contraceptives are at an increased risk for DCI.
This picture is certainly original. Photo by Gorillasushi
So what is the conclusion?
Divers Alert Network (DAN) advises that menstruating women may want to dive more conservatively - especially if they are taking oral contraceptives. This could consist of longer safety stops, shallower dives, short dives and/or fewer dives.
Personally, I have never altered my diving patterns during my monthly cycle and have never had a problem. But everyone is different and it wouldn't hurt to be a bit more conservative during your menstrual period.
Diving and menstruation poses another area of concern for woman.
Many women are worried about shark attacks during menstruation. That is, that sharks will be attracted by the scent of their blood and put them at increased risk of attack.
Will a shark be attracted to you because of your period?
First, rest assured, that there is no evidence that women are at an increased risk for shark attacks if they are menstruating.
That is not to say that the sharks can't smell the menstrual blood.
They probably most certainly can.
This is despite the fact that the amount of blood is small and spread over several days. Sharks have an extraordinary sense of smell. However, according to DAN, many shark species are not attracted to this type of blood.
Again, there is no conclusive evidence suggesting an increased risk of sharks attacks during your period. However, even if there were, it appears it would be very small.
The risk of a shark attack anyway is extremely small and does not appear to increase significantly during your cycle. So I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Personally, I have seen alot of sharks during my dives and have had no problems with them, whether it was during my monthly cycle or not. I wouldn't let this concern affect your diving habits.
Go to Main Women and Scuba Diving Page
Want to stay down longer and improve your buoyancy control and other diving skills? Our free report "Increase Your Bottom Time" along with our practical, weekly actionable tips will have you looking like a seasoned diver in no time. So come join us and see improvement on your very next dive!
(Click on the photo to join us now!)
Dec 21, 17 09:27 AM
It's a beautiful sunny day, birds are singing, colorful flowers pointing their faces towards the sun and a soft warm breeze touching your skin. I'm wondering..
Nov 29, 17 01:01 PM
Where does the time go? Another year has gone by in a flash. I hope you were able to get some good scuba diving in this year! While I didn't get much diving in, I was able to swim with whalesharks, se…
Nov 23, 17 07:49 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. May you have a day filled with family, friends, love and laughter!
Nov 09, 17 07:43 AM
I have been having fun steadily adding to our collection of tshirts for scuba divers. Perfect for wearing on the dive boat or while traveling to that next dive spot. After all, you can't have too many…
Oct 13, 17 06:13 AM
Aqualung is concerned about a possible regulator gas flow failure during a dive with the Automatic Closer Device (ACD) yoke systems. Models involved in the check are the Titan LX ACD Yoke Regulators…
CONNECT WITH US ON FB!
(Link goes to our other site, scubadivetips.com)
See our choices for the best scuba equipment for any budget.
What you need to know (and ask) before you book a dive vacation package.