<aside> 💭 Having your period while you’re working can be such a (literal) pain. Mensuration can impact some people in such a way that it’s almost impossible to go about your day without some form of discomfort. You may also suffer from a broader range of ovarian conditions. If you’re struggling, know that you’re supported and welcome to make micro-adjustments to your day to manage your health.
Everyone’s experience with periods and ovarian conditions is completely different. Some people experience light periods with no pain, some experience heavier periods with cramping, and some will experience various ovarian conditions. We want to recognise that the range of symptoms can differ substantially and therefore the support and adjustments that people may need to make will also differ. We hope you feel comfortable opening up — we don’t expect you to suffer in silence and we’re here to support you.
Periods for most will happen once a month and may be accompanied by a whole range of symptoms — cramping, bloating, sickness, migraines, fatigue, mood swings, and hunger, just to name a few. This can make continuing with your working day as normal very difficult — periods and PMS don’t tend to comply with our work schedules.
We know that not all women have periods, and not all those who have periods are women. We’re committed to fostering an inclusive and safe working environment for everyone.
There’s a whole host of conditions that can effect the ovaries or reproductive system, and we’re committed to normalising these conversations and recognising that most of them are chronic. The following are just some of the common conditions that people deal with, often on a very frequent basis.