Along with the anticipated challenges of competing on a present like “Survivor,” ladies face the added stress of dealing with menstrual cramps, temper swings and bleeding whereas in the course of nowhere.
A number of former contestants spoke to Insider about caring for oneself whereas competing on their intervals, revealing that whereas some lodging are made, that point of the month was nonetheless a stressor for most girls on the present.
Elaine Stott of “Survivor: Island of the Idols” shared that manufacturing asks contestants to submit requirements prematurely, that are then locked away in an off-camera medical field within the woods. The field can embody gadgets akin to tampons, contact lenses, sunscreen, bug spray or drugs.
She added that producers solely allowed gamers to method the field separately, to keep away from any secret, off-camera strategizing.
“If you happen to wanted any of that stuff, you would simply go to the med field,” Stott stated.
For one contestant, nevertheless, the variety of tampons requested merely wasn’t sufficient, as she acquired her interval twice throughout filming.
“I used to be ending my interval the primary day that we began, so then I truly had my interval once more there,” stated “Survivor: Island of the Idols” castaway Lauren-Ashley Beck. “I’m simply bleeding, and I am going to one of many producers and say, ‘Are you able to please get a tampon?’”
She claims “about 24 hours” glided by earlier than a producer returned with sanitary merchandise, as they needed to enterprise into a close-by village to restock.
Three-time “Survivor” castaway Andrea Boehlke added that it was tough to “really feel clear,” as they weren’t allowed to make use of cleaning soap on the island or change their underwear.
“It sucks to vary your tampon out within the jungle subsequent to a med field with no provides or option to absolutely clear your self,” she stated. “It’s fairly gnarly.”
Participant Karishma Patel was additionally involved along with her hygiene, saying she puzzled if sharks might be an issue whereas the ladies bathed and washed their garments within the ocean.
“You recognize, there’s sharks in there,” she stated. “We don’t must spell it out, nevertheless it’s fairly scary.”
The group additionally mentioned experiencing heightened PMS signs in the course of the competitors.
“You’re hormonal, and also you’re additionally getting excessive ranges of fatigue,” Patel stated, with Beck including, “Durations, on the whole, are onerous to take care of, even once you’re not ravenous on an island and you’ve got an precise toilet and bathroom paper.”