Periods are a real pain in the neck – or should we say a pain in the abdomen, back, thighs, head… the list goes on. And that’s before we start on the emotional challenges that go with hormone fluctuations – and the additional health issues that people with conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis face.
Dealing with periods is bad enough when you’re in the comfort of your own home. When you have to face them at work, they’re compounded by the stress of trying to sneak a tampon to the loo (even though we shouldn’t have to be embarrassed about something completely natural) or worse, realising you’ve come on early and don’t have any period products with you.
It would be great if we could take a couple of duvet days each month and deal with the cramps, headaches or heavy bleeding at home, wouldn’t it? Sadly, it’s likely to be a long time before it becomes policy in UK law.
While we’re campaigning for better support for people who menstruate in the workplace, here are a few ways to manage your period at work.