Hi Rachel, your question is beyond the scope of my knowledge and experience, so I’ve passed it on to Coach Carolyn. Either she’ll respond here or I’ll post her response as soon as I get it.
I searched the forum and couldn’t find anything and am hoping you can help me out — I can’t seem to find an answer online and my doctors have not been helpful either: I am currently using the 24 week mountaineering plan to train for Aconcagua in January. I currently use the Nuvaring (being specific about type because I think BC generation can make a difference?) to manage Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I have heard very mixed things about birth control at this type of altitude — can anyone provide guidance on whether staying on the Nuvaring during the climb will pose a significant clotting risk? My strong preference would be to stay on the medication for managing PCOS. Generally I would turn to a doctor for help with this, but unfortunately I have not been able to find anyone where I am based (NYC) that is both familiar with high altitude mountaineering and medicine for people who menstruate (also super open to any doctors who might be that I could do a phone/tele-health consult on this with). Thank you in advance!
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