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How do you think we can normalize periods at work? Last week had stabbing pains during interview so couldn’t be present. Didn’t feel I could share why. Also have to take PTO for debilitating cramps.

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As a man I will say most of us, despite what everyone thinks, would be understanding of this. You could go into as much or as little detail as possible. While we don’t know because we haven’t experienced these things, we can still empathize.

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I’ve had some experience with responses Designer 1. Saying thank you matters sometimes, in fact it matters every time.

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I think about this all the time. When I take a sick day for terrible cramps or am struggling in the office and say I have a migraine, it just feels wrong. I think the first step is having more women at the top to help normalize/make other people feel comfortable talking about it

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You should have a week every month where you’re able to work from home and take few days off if you need too.

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Have you talked with your Dr.? If cramps are interrupting your life, there is probably something they can do to help.

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Agreed. Time to talk to a dr if this disrupts your day to day life.

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Agreed about talking to your doctor as a first step, but it’s still a long process and sometimes still leaves you without answers. You want to know what my doctor suggested when I told him I had horrible horrible cramps? Get pregnant, have a baby 😕. Another doctor pushed BC on me. Another pushed a high dosage of meds which when taken knocked me on my ass and I was still out of commission. Longer story short...it takes time to find relief even through a doctor.

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Gross. Hopefully you can find a female doctor.

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The more open and honest you can be, the faster it’ll get “normal” to talk about. Don’t act like it’s a thing you need to hide.

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First off, tell your manager that you have endo and track your period with Moody so you can better predict what days you may have to wfh or take a sick day. Secondly, buy Aleve gel caps, they are the only commercially available painkiller which contains an ingredient that focuses on hormone producing organ first. As soon as you feel your cramps starting up, take 2. 1 every hour until they subside. My cousin works with ob gyns and that’s what they suggest / it worked with my Hell cramps. Thirdly, take a magnesium supplement and explore using a cup. Both have helped me enormously, but also please see your doc. My cramps were debilitating but all the above really helped!

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My personal fight to normalize has been openly carrying tampons to the bathroom. Although sometimes I would still do the shame-tuck into my back pocket if a male coworker I didn’t know walked by, I was proud of the times I made it all the way there without hiding it 😂 like I was carrying a lady baton and I just won our team gold... But I just switched to the cup so (un)fortunately(?) the tampon relay has ended 😂

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Plot your cycle, if your young and they are regular you know when they come. Let management know, monthly you will need to take the first day of your cycle as sick or work at hm day. And get a pelvic exploratory MRI (or what other test, but MRI is best), to confirm you don’t have Endometriosis, adenomyosis, etc... 3 advils with 1 tylonol should knock out the pain. (Speak to your doc, but that’s what I used to do, if just Advil didn’t wk.) Drink a lot of water. Lastly check you vitamin D levels etc..

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say you have terrible cramps? I do this. being honest is normalizing.

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