By Lisa Gill, Founder, TOSSIBLES
"Before heading to work, ensure you have all the essentials you need. Pack your bag with items like Tossibles, tampons, and panty liners. Having a discreet pouch containing your menstrual supplies can help you feel more at ease.”
Women have made significant strides in the workplace, breaking glass ceilings and redefining workplace dynamics. Yet, one aspect that remains a challenge is managing menstruation at work. Navigating your period while maintaining your professional stride can sometimes be challenging, but it's a journey that can be empowering and transformative. In this article, we'll explore tips for managing periods in the workplace, advocating for your needs, and dismantling period-related stigmas.
Managing Periods at Work: Tips for a Smooth Experience
#1 Be Prepared: Before heading to work, ensure you have all the essentials you need. Pack your bag with items like Tossibles, tampons, and panty liners. Having a discreet pouch containing your menstrual supplies can help you feel more at ease.
#2 Comfort is Key: Opt for comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement or cause discomfort. If your uniform or dress code allows, choose clothing that accommodates your needs during your period.
#3 Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help ease bloating and discomfort associated with periods. Keep a water bottle at your desk to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Advocating for Your Needs
#1 Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with workplace policies regarding menstrual health. Many workplaces have regulations that support your right to manage your period comfortably.
#2 Flexible Breaks: If possible, discuss the option of flexible breaks during your period. This can allow you to manage any discomfort or attend to your menstrual needs without feeling rushed.
Breaking Period-Related Stigmas
#1 Embracing Open Conversations: By discussing topics like the benefits of using Tossibles, as well as responsible disposal methods, we can transform periods from hushed secrets into open dialogues.
#2 Breaking Free from the Grip of Silence and Secrecy: Encourage businesses to offer a wide variety of hygiene products in bathrooms that are easily accessible. It's through these discussions that we can create a space where everyone feels comfortable, supported, and free from the shackles of outdated taboos.
Navigating menstruation in the workplace is about more than just managing the physical aspects of your period. It's an opportunity to advocate for your needs, contribute to a more inclusive workplace, and challenge period-related stigmas. By being prepared, communicating effectively, and promoting understanding, you can help create an environment where every woman can navigate her cycle with confidence, regardless of her workplace role. With essentials like Tossibles and tampons at hand, you're equipped not only to manage your period but also to be an advocate for change.