(Closed) How do you deal with period cramps at work?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mostly I complain about it to my work BFF, then do my best to stay at my desk and not interact with anyone for the rest of the day.  I know, not fun.  Although for me it’s usually menstrual migranes than cramps.  Occasionally if it’s really bad I’ll use sick leave and cut out a couple hours early.

I also swear by Aleve instead of ibuprofen since it lasts longer and I feel it’s more effective.  Hang in there! 

Post # 4
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Naproxen, camomile tea, stick on heat patches (one on my abdomen, one on my back. They are discreet and stay warm for 8 hours) and warm feet… I am not kidding on the last one. I learnt it from a chinese medicine doctor. Stay warm and only drink warm liquid (no caffiene!). The theory is that the easier your blood flows, the less painful your cramps will be. Last but not least, do NOT wear a tampon. They irritate your cervix which causes more cramping. The difference is huge and whilst pads are gross, I would rather not be in as much pain

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Yes, I second those heating pads/patches. They make a HUGE difference for me.

Post # 6
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Bears-bub:  while I hate pads… I have noticed that the cramps aren’t as bad and it seems like the blood just flows out of me rather than get all jammed up with the tampon. I tried using the soft cup, which works GREAT but I swear my cramps are 10x worse with that thing. I also second all of the warm fluids. If you can get your hands on a heating pad and be discrete about it, then go for that as well!

I actually went on birth control b/c of my cramping and started the pills so that the first day of my period is ALWAYS on a Sunday. I love how I know that I get to sleep in and deal with my cramps that way. πŸ˜€

Post # 7
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I mostly just hunch over my desk and wish I was dead. Sorry not helpful, but totally true. I was on the pill to help with horrible cramps that I get and now that I’m off it to prepare for TTC, my cramps are back and they are killer. Honestly they make me nauseous they hurt so bad. I just take some liquid gel pain killers, try to avoid work for a bit and feel totally sorry for myself. Luckily it passes within an hour or so and my boss would never say anything about me slacking off when I look like I’m feeling labour pains haha.

Post # 8
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I take ibprofen…and if I don’t feel better soon, I leave (if I can). If I can’t leave because of interviews or meetings, then I just tough it out and treat myself to chocolate cake or ice cream at lunch. I’ve always had really bad cramps, but they’re actually less bad now than they were in the past/

Post # 9
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

Handfuls of Aleve liqigels (naproxen), my prescription painkiller (my doctor prescribed it because mine are really, really bad), and the stick on heating pads.

I should mention this is on the pill… there is no saving me when I’m not on hormonal birthcontrol. That’s when I just lay around in bed at home, and can’t keep painkillers down long enough for them to be effective.

Post # 10
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Lots of ibuprofen. Warm tea. It sucks! At least it’s Friday though πŸ™‚

Post # 11
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you seen those SalonPas patches? they’re mentholated or something, but you just stick them on, and they are a MIRACLE. One of my roommates showed them to me last year, and I am hooked! The only (slightly) negative thing is that I can smell them, but I awkwardly asked my sister once if she could, and she said she didn’t smell anything, so… hopefully she wasn’t lying. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I keep a supply of disposable heating pads and Pamprin at my desk. (Midol sucks because it has caffiene and makes me feel loopy.)

I have been told about the tampon/pad thing, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I am terrified of leaks!

Post # 15
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@Tangled:  Haha, the caffeine in Midol always helps me feel so much better. I’ll have to see if I notice any “loopy”-ness next time! πŸ™‚

Post # 16
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@burgers:  Those Salonpas things are awesome. I’ve never used them for cramps but a coworker gave me a few when I hurt myself once. They worked wonders!

Hang in there @coffeegal85:  it’s FRIADAY! πŸ™‚

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