I will brave work with a flu, a cold, a headache, but when it comes to my period I struggle. The only reason I ever take a sick day is due to my period, I’m in so much pain and a lot of the time I can’t get myself up off the sofa! I cry, I’m sick, I get lightheaded and backache…it’s not a fun time.
Which brings me to the women in the tampon adverts…yes those women are mythical creatures. No one is that care free on their period.
So why is it that I still feel embarrassed to explain to management at work how bad my periods get? I feel like I should just ‘man up’ and power through.
We as women are made to feel that we should just get on with things and our periods are just seen as an excuse.
Most months I just sit at my desk, plough the painkillers and have a hot water bottle on my stomach, but since having the implant in my periods have been every 2 weeks, I’ve ballooned and the pain hasn’t subsided.
I know you’re probably thinking there are so many birth control methods which reduces all of this. Yes there are, sometimes they work sometimes they don’t. Trust me I’ve tried and tested every single method and the pain is still there the only thing that changes is the frequency of my periods.
I know I’m not the only woman in the world who suffers badly during their time of the month, so why should we have to take sick days and face backlash from HR because of this. I mean, it’s bad enough that we have to pay for products for our periods and with the monstrosity that is the Alabama & Georgia Abortion Law, it feels as if we as women are no longer in control of our own bodies or taken seriously.
As a woman, it feels as though I’m at a disadvantage in the workplace because of my periods. It shouldn’t.
It’s hard enough to progress up the career ladder as a woman and it’s not just having time off due to periods which puts us at a disadvantage. If we have children and go off on maternity leave we are seen business-wise as a burden. Then if we come back to work with reduced hours we are not seen as working enough or as hard as a man who is there full time. That man will invariably get the promotion over a family woman, which is just wrong.
I’m all for equality but in this instance we are different from men and we should be treated more sensitively in the work place. To be fair to men, there are many female managers I have worked under who just rolled their eyes at me when I explained why I couldn’t come into work or they say ‘well I manage to come in on mine.’ Well, no two periods are the same and they affect everyone differently.
We really should be looking to break down the taboo of periods & get it talked about more in the workplace!
At the end of the day your health and well-being comes first no matter what.
What’s been your experience of periods in the workplace? Do you get affected? Comment below.