4 Ways to Ease Symptoms of Period at Work
Posted byChristine Yu
With period symptoms that can range from mild to debilitating, going to work during your menstrual cycle is the worst.
While your cycle is a normal part of life, you don’t exactly want to broadcast to your colleagues that it’s that time of the month. Shared bathrooms, endless meetings and looming deadline can crank up your crankiness, make it hard to be productive, and make your symptoms of period that much more difficult to deal with.
You’re not alone. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that more than half of women report some pain for one to two days during menstruation.1 For up to 20 percent of women, pain and discomfort can be so severe that it interferes with daily activities, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, including lost days of school and work.2
Here are four tips to help you make it through the workday.
1. Backup Stash
Even if your period is like clockwork, accidents do happen. To avoid emergency trips to the drug store, have a backup supply of tampons or pads at the office. While you’re at it, hide a few disposable heating pads in your desk drawer. Heat can help ease PMS cramps
2. Step Outside
While your period symptoms may make you want to lie down and curl up into a ball, movement and exercise is actually a great way to relieve cramps. Escape for a brisk walk during your lunch break to help ease some of your symptoms of period.
Plus, the fresh air can help fight your fatigue and clear your head so you’ll return to your desk fresh and ready to work.
3. Take a Yoga Break
No, we’re not talking about rolling out your yoga mat and doing an hour of vinyasa flow. Yoga has been shown to have beneficial effects on symptoms of period.3 A couple of stretches or a few minutes of deep breathing can help tap into your body’s natural relaxation system.
4. Snack Wisely
Aunt Flow’s visit can send your cravings through the roof and make your belly bulge. Choose your office snacks wisely. Opt for low-salt, high-fiber foods to minimize bloating.
Having your period at work can be a drag but there are some simple steps you can take to manage your period symptoms discretely and hopefully make your workday run a little more smoothly.
1American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Frequently Asked Questions: Gynecologic Problems. January 2015. Accessed January 5, 2017. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Dysmenorrhea-Painful-Periods.
2Pallavi L, Champaneria R, Khan K. Dysmenorrhea. American Family Physician. 2012 Feb 15;85(4):386-387. Accessed January 5, 2017. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p386.html.
3Kanojia S1, Sharma VK, Gandhi A, Kapoor R, Kukreja A, Subramanian SK. Effect of yoga on autonomic functions and psychological status during both phases of menstrual cycle in young healthy females. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Oct;7(10):2133-9. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/6912.3451. Epub 2013 Sep 13. Accessed January 5, 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24298457.
- Posted by Christine Yu
- On March 1, 2017