How can human resource departments help spread period pain awareness in offices?

#WhySufferSilently - Period Pain Awareness in Office by HR

As many as 50% of women may be absent at their workplace due to dysmenorrhea. Office absenteeism due to dysmenorrhea, commonly known as painful periods, affects a woman’s productivity and subsequently her career growth. Painful periods not only adversely impact a women’s health physically, but also mentally. It’s important for all working women to know that “periods are normal, period pain is not.”

If you’re work in the human resources department, you can help spread period pain awareness by taking these simple steps:

Step 1 – Send your colleagues emails on dysmenorrhea awareness

We have prepared a series of 12 emails on painful period awareness that you can send to unlimited number of people, right from our website. Please click here to send an emails to all your colleagues right now!

Step 2 – Stick these posters in the washroom

These 3 posters on menstrual pain awareness are the easiest way to make working women understand the symptoms, severity & treatment of extremely painful periods. You can download these posters from our website (www.painfulperiods.in) print them on A3 size papers and stick them in the women’s washroom of your office.

Step 3 – Conduct a workshop on painful periods awareness

You can download, print & distribute period pain awareness leaflets with the workshop attendees. To download these leaflets, click here.

If you are looking at an attendance of 100 or more women, you can write to us for conducting dysmenorrhea workshop. Please click here to request a dysmenorrhea workshop.

Step 4 – Share our social media handles with your colleagues

Share & tag your colleagues on the #WhySufferSilently social media handles – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube.

Step 5 – Enroll 5 colleagues to spread the word

Our mission is to bring an end to painful periods by reaching out to all adolescent girls & young women in the country. And we are going to need every woman to become a part of this movement. Enrolling just 5 of your colleagues in this mission will enable us to reach many more women.

 

Disclaimer: A dysmenorrhea (painful periods) workshop is held only to spread awareness about dysmenorrhea. The workshop does not constitute to a medical advice or medical counselling.

 

Workshop on Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai

Dysmenorrhea Symptoms, Causes & Treatment & Causes

Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee’s Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science and Commerce is among the earliest institutions of higher learning that emerged on the educational landscape of the erstwhile city of Bombay, now known as Mumbai. As a part of #WhySufferSilently campaign, a workshop on dysmenorrhea was held at the college which was attended to by students from Guru Nanak Institute of Research & Development and from Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies.

The workshop started with a story narration on dysmenorrhea by Youtuber Helly Shah. The story will feature soon on Youtube Channel – Spill Poetry and on Youtube channel of #WhySufferSilently. The story definitely struck a chord with the workshop attendees.

Later, Dr. Ritu Palve, (DNB & DGO Gold medalist | Fellowship in Gynaecological Oncology & Minimal Access Surgery) busted the many myths & misconceptions on period pain that are prevalent in India today. With the help of #WhySufferSilently leaflets, Dr. Ritu also explained the symptoms, causes & treatment of dysmenorrhea.

In the ‘Ask Me Anything’ session, Dr. Ritu Palve answered the many questions which the workshop attendees had. Dysmenorrhea kits were also distributed among the workshop attendees. The workshop attended with the felicitation of Guru Nanak Institute of Research & Development and Guru Nanak Institute of Management for their support. The workshop was very successful and was appreciated by all.

If you a principal or a teacher and wish to conduct a dysmenorrhea workshop at your school or college? Please click here to request a workshop on dysmenorrhea (painful periods).

We bring you some pictures from the Dysmenorrhea Workshop held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai:

Behind the scenes – The team from C Com Digital busy with the setting up the stage for the Lights, Camera, Sound & Action!

Dysmenorrhea Workshop - Behind the Scenes

Students from Guru Nanak Institute of Research & Development and from Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies occupy the seats.

Dysmenorrhea Workshop - Attendees

#WhySufferSilently campaign’s first video – a poem by Helly Shah being played at the workshop

Painful Period Video - Dysmenorrhea Workshop

Helly Shah narrates a story on period pain!

Helly Shah on Painful Periods

Dr. Ritu Palve talking about dysmenorrhea symptoms, dysmenorrhea causes & dysmenorrhea treatment

Dr Ritu, Gynaecologist Educating Dysmenorrhea

Workshop attendees reading the #WhySufferSilently leaflets on period pain

Students Knowing Dysmenorrhea

GNIMS Talks about #WhySufferSilently

 

The audience listens carefully to Dr. Ritu Palve

Period Pain Workshop Audience

Dr. Gujral, the Coordinator at Guru Nanak Institute of Research & Development speaks to the audience

Dr.Gujral Talks about #WhySufferSilently

Gentlemen join in saying “Periods are normal. Period pain is not.”

Boys Participating the Cause Against Dysmenorrhea

Disclaimer: A dysmenorrhea (painful periods) workshop is held only to spread awareness about dysmenorrhea. The workshop does not constitute to a medical advice or medical counselling.

 

What are the symptoms of dysmenorrhea or extreme period pain?

#WhySufferSilently - Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea (Extreme Period Pain)

As many as 68% girls miss school every month due to extreme period pain. However, these girls don’t seek treatment thinking of period pain as a normal phenomenon. Hence, it’s important to let all girls know that – periods are normal, period pain is not.  So it’s important for all adolescent girls & young women to know what dysmenorrhea feels like.

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms every month, then it is highly likely you suffer from dysmenorrhea.

  1. Cramps: Widely known as period cramps, in dysmenorrhea this throbbing in lower abdomen is intense.
  2. Pain: In dysmenorrhea, the pain is intense and can radiate to the lower back or thighs
  3. Large or small blood clots: When one is suffering from dysmenorrhea or extremely painful periods, the blood clots are large, usually larger than ₹1 coin, accompanied with heavy bleeding. Lots of small blood clots during every period, with or without heavy bleeding, is also a sign of dysmenorrhea or abnormal periods.
  4. Dull continuous ache: Many girls suffering from dysmenorrhea report a feeling of dull continuous ache
  5. Lightheadedness: Girls feeling dizzy or getting a feeling that they will faint are also likely to be suffering from dysmenorrhea or abnormal periods
  6. Other symptoms of dysmenorrhea: These include constipation, loose bowel movements that feels like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and mood swings

As dysmenorrhea is the most under-reported and under-treated gynaecological problem in India, it’s important that all adolescent girls & young women be made aware about the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. Download, print & stick this period pain symptoms poster in girls washrooms in schools & colleges, and women’s washroom in offices. The poster explains symptoms of dysmenorrhea in an extremely easy to understand manner.
School principals & teachers can also download, print and distribute this period pain leaflet among all girl students. HR managers can send emails on period pain symptoms to all their colleagues.

By spreading awareness among all adolescent girls and young women, we can truly bring an end to painful periods OR dysmenorrhea. You can also follow #WhySufferSilently campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.

 

Do you suffer from period pain? Don’t suffer in silence: Talk with your gynaecologist

Painful periods, known as dysmenorrhea in medical parlance, are not something that you have to live with. It’s important for all adolescent girls, and young women to know that periods are normal, period pain is not. So if you have menstrual cramps that make you miss school or office, or cripple you such that you are unable to even get out of bed, then you should discuss your period cramps with your gynaecologist.

How severe is your menstrual cramp or dysmenorrhea?

Many girls consider period pain to be normal, as this is the usual menstrual education given to them by their mothers, sisters or friends, hence knowing if a girl has mild or severe dysmenorrhea is the first step in making girls take charge of their life.

If your answers to most of the points below is a yes, then you suffer from mild dysmenorrhea:

  1. You are in your late 30s or early 40s
  2. The onset of pain happens during your period
  3. Your period cramps are only slightly discomforting
  4. There are rarely blood clots in your period
  5. You never, or rarely suffer from bloating, nausea or vomiting during your period
  6. Your bowel movements are normal during your period
  7. You don’t feel lightheaded during your period
  8. No one in your family has had dysmenorrhea
  9. You don’t have any other gynaecological problem

Below are the signs that you have severe dysmenorrhea:

  1. You are a teenager, in your twenties or in your early 30s
  2. The onset of pain begins 1-3 days before your period
  3. Your period pain type is that of intense cramping in lower abdomen that causes great discomfort and leaves you immobile as well
  4. You almost always suffer from one or more problems such as bloating, nausea or vomiting during your period
  5. You either feel constipated during your period or your bowel movements can be classified as loose or diarrhoea like during your periods
  6. During your periods, you either feel slightly dizzy or at times, so dizzy that you feel you might faint
  7. Your mother suffered from dysmenorrhea when she was young, or your elder sister is currently suffering from severe menstrual cramps
  8. You have been diagnosed with a gynaecological problem such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, hormonal imbalance

We recommend you download this #WhySufferSilently poster that explains the symptoms of mild painful periods v/s severely painful periods. You can use this poster as a conversation starter with your mother, sister, friends or doctor.

While you are here, we also request you to help us in our mission to end painful periods. You can do so by sharing these  3 posters from #WhySufferSilently within your network. You can also follow us and share our posts on  FacebookTwitter  and Instagram

Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.

 

Which exercises are best for period pain relief?

#WhySufferSilently - Reduce Period Pain

Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) is the most under-reported and under-treated gynaecological problem among adolescent girls & young women. Every month during their periods, upto 70% of adolescent girls* bear in silence the agonising cramps, nausea, fainting and other health issues which are incorrectly brushed off as ‘normal’ by mothers, sisters, teachers, friends and even by  some doctors. Therefore it’s important for everyone to know that periods are normal, period pain is not.

Dysmenorrhea also known as period cramps or menstrual cramps can be very debilitating and most girls & women might prefer to curl up and lie down rather than exercise during period pain. But exercise can not only help reduce period pain.

So here’s a list of exercises that are the best workouts for providing period pain relief.

Aerobic Exercises

Aerobic exercises produce endorphins which are natural mood lifters and can help uplift your mood. Besides making you feel good, endorphins also help in reducing period pain. Experts recommend that aerobic exercises like running, spinning and dancing get the blood circulating throughout your body, thus reducing period pain.

Yoga

Yoga exercises help improve the overall balance and strength of the body, as well as reduce anxiety and depression. Because of the focus on breath, relaxation, and meditation Yoga exercises are great for period pain relief. By bringing oxygen rich blood back to the muscles, breathing exercises help in reducing cramping. Besides this, the strength and stretching from certain Yoga poses can help relax certain tight areas of the body, thus providing relief from menstrual cramp and other dysmenorrhea symptoms such as breast tenderness.

Light Exercises

Low-impact cardio exercises like walking is enough in getting your blood flowing and providing you relief from period pain. In case period cramps are so debilitating to not allow you walking, experts recommend getting some stretching exercises. Stretching help lengthen muscles thus alleviating pain.

In case your period cramps are extremely painful and hamper your daily life by making you miss school, college or office, we recommend you see your gynaecologist. Use these 3 posters from #WhySufferSilenltly to know more about dysmenorrhea (painful periods) symptoms, causes and treatment. You can also use these period pain posters to start the conversation with your mother, sister, friends and doctors.

Also help us bring an end to painful periods by sharing our posts on Facebook, Instagram and sharing #WhySufferSilently video

Reference : https://aaptiv.com/magazine/workouts-for-period-pain

Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.

 

What helps menstrual cramps go away fast?

Menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, can put a crimp in your lifestyle and make you miss school, office, or render you unable to participate in sports activities and household activities. Thus, menstrual cramps not only affect your health, but also your lifestyle.

If your period cramps are severe, it is recommended that you see your gynaecologist and seek treatment. You can use these 3 posters from #WhySufferSilently to begin the conversation with your gynaecologist.

Here are some ways that will help your menstrual cramp go away:

  • Pop-up an NSAIDs 
    Menstrual cramps occur because of local release of substances called prostaglandins. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as MEFTAL-SPAS®, lower prostaglandin production. By decreasing the overall inflammation and pain, NSAIDs help menstrual cramps go away fast.
  • Apply a heat pad 
    Curling up with a heating pad against your stomach helps relax your muscles and thus provides effective relief from period cramps
  • Soak in a warm water bath 
    Sitting in a warm water bathtub will also help your muscles relax and help your period cramps go away.
  • Have a gentle massage 
    A gentle message on your lower back and abdomen is a great way to relieve the tension in your body and reduce menstrual cramps.
  • Eat a well balanced diet 
    Eating the right vitamins and minerals and a low-fat or fat-free diet helps boost your body’s natural defences and combat any painful cramping.
  • Do some exercises 
    Exercising helps release endorphins which in addition to providing a pain-relieving effect, also boost your mood.

Apart from these tips for fast relief from period pain, we recommend the following DOs & DON’Ts for menstrual cramps:

DON’Ts for period pain:

  • Don’t consume tobacco or tobacco products
  • Avoid alcohol and alcoholic products
  • Avoid caffeine – containing products such as tea & coffee
  • Don’t resort to self treatment

DOs for period pain:

  • Rest when needed
  • Massage your lower back and abdomen
  • Include exercise in your daily routine
  • Seek medication and consult a doctor
Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.

What do doctors prescribe for severe menstrual cramps?

Menstruation (commonly known as monthly period)  is a major milestone in a girl’s puberty and is one of several physical signs that a girl is becoming a woman. It is therefore important to note that periods are normal, period pain is not.

Treatment of painful periods depends on the severity and underlying cause of your pain. We recommend you to understand the severity of your period pain by seeing this period pain poster.

As the first line of treatment, doctors may prescribe NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as MEFTAL-SPAS® which decrease the levels of prostaglandins. If the first line of treatment is not successful, then the doctor may prescribe hormonal treatment which regulates the menstrual flow.

If your doctor thinks an underlying disorder is a reason for your severe period pain, she may prescribe imaging tests that may include ultrasound tests, CT scans and MRI scans. The next line of treatment for painful periods would then depend on the results of these tests.

As a general rule, doctors always advise the following DOs and DON’Ts to get relief from menstrual cramps:

DON’Ts during menstrual cramps:

  • Don’t consume tobacco or tobacco products
  • Avoid alcohol and alcoholic products
  • Avoid caffeine – containing products such as tea and coffee
  • Don’t resort to self treatment

DOs during menstrual cramps:

  • Rest when needed
  • Massage your lower back and abdomen
  • Include exercise in your daily routine
  • Seek medication and consult a doctor

If you suffer from severe menstrual cramp, it is recommended that you see your gynaecologist immediately. Use these 3 Period Pain Posters from #WhySufferSilently as a conversation starter with your gynaecologist.

Spread period pain awareness:

Dysmenorrhea or painful menstrual cramps are known to severely affect the health and lifestyle of upto 70% of adolescent girls and young women. Dysmenorrhea is thus the most under-reported and under-treated gynaecological problem of India. Hence it is a good idea to spread period pain awareness with your network on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube.

Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.

Is dysmenorrhea normal?

Menstruation (periods), occurs when the uterus sheds its lining once a month. During a menstrual cycle, one can expect to have some cramps, pain and discomfort. However, excessive period pain that makes you miss school, sports, office or even household activities is not normal.

Pain during menstruation is called dysmenorrhea. Apart from menstrual pain, having one or more of the following symptoms every month is also an indication of dysmenorrhea:

  • Pain that radiates to the lower back or thighs
  • Dull continuous ache
  • Lightheadedness (Feeling very dizzy or a feeling that you’ll faint)
  • Large or small blood clots in your periods
  • Bloating in your belly area
  • Nausea (Feeling to vomit/ throw-up)
  • Vomiting (Throwing up)
  • Constipation
  • Loose bowel movements (Loose motions or feeling like diarrhea)
  • Mood swings

The main cause of dysmenorrhea is an excess production of prostaglandins, which help the uterus expel the lining, and are the body’s natural response to healing. The level of prostaglandins rises right before menstruation begins and an excess production of prostaglandins makes your periods very painful. Hence, painful periods are not normal.

Some gynaecological conditions which may contribute to severity of dysmenorrhea include:

  1. Endometriosis
  2. Fibroids in the uterus
  3. Adenomyosis
  4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

When menstrual pain causes you to miss school or skip household work, it is time to talk to your gynaecologist. Download and print this Period Pain Symptoms Poster to start a conversation with your doctor.

We also recommend you know about the causes and treatment of  dysmenorrhea (painful periods) with these 3 Dysmenorrhea Posters from #WhySufferSienltly

Do you have any of the following questions?

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.