Dealing with own feminine issues while teaching-for the ladies

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  1. linswin23

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    Hi ladies,

    How do you deal with your cycle while teaching? I usually just feel miserable the first few days of mine and teaching through it is very exhausting. Any tips? I usually just load up on Tylenol and power through. There's has to be a better way. Also...finding time between classes to run to the bathroom just isn't possible sometimes. I feel like a teenager!
     
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  4. ChildWhisperer

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    Ibuprofen helps me A LOT.
    Finding time to run the bathroom is the annoying part. I always have "backup" on the first couple days in case i don't make it to the bathroom in time
     
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    I’m just more likely to inconvenience someone by asking them to watch my class. It’s not as much of a problem this year since I’m intervention and there’s always a second adult in the room, but last year if it was really an emergency, I’d just interrupt a neighbor teacher and be like “sorry, I really need to go.”

    Also using um... “heavier duty” supplies makes a difference when bathroom time isn’t an option, because you don’t have to go as often.
     
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    SUPER strength tampons in case I can't escape to the bathroom, otherwise I just have to get coverage.

    Our society is so disgusting that we can't even find time for teachers to pee. Honestly.
     
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    Yeah! I've been thinking a lot about the working conditions of teachers and the majority of us can't even get a few minutes to go to the bathroom. A lot of our working conditions are quite poor in compared to other professional jobs. It's often so inconvenient to have to call someone to come watch your class.
     
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    Haha, this is me not wanting to teach on my lady days.
     
  9. Ima Teacher

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    Hysterectomy.

    Best. Surgery. Ever.
     
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    I'm in my 40s and my periods are very heavy at times. I use the most absorbent tampons and pads together and still need to ask for coverage sometimes.
     
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    I know this will get mixed reactions, but I started taking the pill consistently (without the inert week) seven or more years ago. No period since. It has opened up my world in so many ways! Of course if you want to have a child, you would need to go off this for a year, but I have researched many sources, spoken to drs. etc. There are no negative effects or risks other than normal for the Pill and even reduced risk of ovarian cancer. I find it strange that many women do not know about this possibility at least until you are menopausal.
     
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    I use a tampon with a pad for backup. If I end up in a classroom setting again, I'd consider trying a menstrual cup. I have a few friends who rave about how convenient they are. They're supposed to last 6+ hours instead of the up to 4 from a tampon.
     
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    I use the highest absorbency tampon money can buy with a pad back up. Our ladies staff lounge is awesome, every few months they take a "collection" and everyone pitches in $5 and one of the APs goes and buys a variety of pads & tampons that are fair game!
     
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    This is awesome! I'm all about this and being open to our needs as women.
     
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    I use a menstrual cup which allows me to go about 9 hours on a heavy day (and about 12 hours on lighter days). I still get terrible cramps, very fatigue, and a headache for the first few days. I load up on advil, coffee, and vitamin water and try to power through it.
     
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    My doctor actually pointed this out for me and I do it sometimes, but not always. My insurance won't let me refill the script often enough to do it all the time, or I would :mad:
     
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    As far as how to deal...

    First off, do you literally not have any breaks in your schedule, or are you letting your breaks get taken up? I teach HS on a block schedule, so I have at least one break every 100 minutes. Now, if I let kids come into class early, or come in at lunch for help, instead of taking my bathroom break, then I can end up going all day without a break. I used to do this a lot, and realized it just wasn't sustainable for me. Now, I tell kids, "Sorry, I'm on my break, come back and see me at x time." I do occasionally get one of those days where all heck breaks loose and I don't get a break, but it's rare.

    And for those days, there is chocolate!
     
  18. Ima Teacher

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    Pills made by blood pressure skyrocket, so I was only able to be on them about six months until I had to stop.

    I know several people who take the pills that keep them from having periods at all. They love it.
     
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    I just had this issue today, when my period started two weeks ahead of schedule, and with a vengeance, about 10 minutes into my 90 minute block. And it's my rowdy, needy class so I couldn't just leave them for even a minute. Neighboring teachers were both in the middle of lessons, and I was about to panic when the campus security guard came in escorting one of my students whom I had let go to the bathroom without a pass. It was perfect timing, the security guard (a lady) covered my classroom for a minute while I ran out to take care of business.
     
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    As for taking breaks to go to the bathroom, I usually time them when my most responsible groups are coming in. I dash out with the previous class and make it back within 3 min. There is always that risk of a student doing something disasterous while I am gone, but most of our mischief occurs in the halls anyway, so I look at it as doing hall duty on my way to the bathroom and back.
     
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    It's just a huge pain. When I became a Reading Specialist I would have a couple of teachers who would text me asking me to cover their class for a few minutes. No big deal, especially since they usually asked me when I had their kiddos.
     
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    Would it be nice if teachers in adjacent rooms would alternately "spell" each teacher for this! My next door neighbors are men so I feel uncomfortable asking, though.
     
  23. linswin23

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    I am in the same boat as well!!! I work with mostly men. Not complaining, they are all great guys, but it's kind of uncomfortable to ask.
     
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    It wasn't so bad when I was on BC because it was light enough I only had to go once a day / on my lunch break.
    But now that we're trying to have a baby, it's been a few months of torturous "I have to be near a bathroom at all times" for the first couple days :rolleyes: of each cycle :mad:
     
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    I would ask any of my mail colleagues to watch my class for any reason.
     
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    You don't need to go into details; a simple, "Can you watch my class for a minute while I run to the washroom?" will suffice.
     
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    Isn't this so sad that we can't just go to the bathroom? I have had many accident! It's so embarrassing. Plus as you age your body changes and so do your cycles. I always have a spare pair of underwear in my room and I keep a LONG sweater just in case. I am pretty lucky now that my awesome teammate is literally right there and she can watch my class for me.
     
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    I've been asked to cover classrooms several times for (what I'm assuming is) this reason. Whenever they take their purse with them, I assume it's a female issue. Not my business, though, and I'm glad to cover.
     
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    I went through an extreme level of dealing with this with fibroids. For a while I had severely heavy flow and incredible pain. I was on 800mg Ibuprofen and the doctor gave me some low level narcotics that I didn't take at school, but I had them with me in case. It got to the point where the bleeding never stopped. it was all I could do to make it through each day, and I was only on a half-day teaching schedule at the time. From October through January when I finally had an emergency hysterectomy, I was bleeding non-stop. I'd stand up and feel massive clots drop. I had to use a tampon plus an overnight pad and I had to change them every two hours or so. Fortunately, I did have the ability to run to the restroom every few hours, but it was only by the grace of God that I never had a very visible accident. I did always wear black pants though. I was terrified to wear anything else.

    If you're in the normal range like most people where it's just an inconvenience but you're worried, I'd suggest coupling tampons with a pantiliner or a thin pad. As for cramps, before fibroids, I found that taking a couple of motrin when I first realized my period was starting limited the cramps from getting to be a problem. If I waited until I was really hurting, the motrin didn't seem to help as much. It sucks, but you can deal. We're women. We deal with all kinds of difficult things!
     
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    They don't have to know why you need to leave. You wouldn't explain if it's #1 or #2, so why would you go into an explanation of it being Aunt Flow?
     
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    I can usually run between classes and get back before the bell (3 minutes). Now that I'm pregnant though, I've had to ask the teacher next to me to watch my kids a lot. Between morning sickness and having to pee all the time, I feel like I'm always running downstairs!
    My good friend and fellow teacher has terrible periods on her first day. She takes some OTC meds as she doesn't want to do anything stronger. Otherwise she just does her best to make it through the day.
     
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    Watch out for the coffee, it will dehydrate you which can make the cramps worse.
     
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    Physical activity helps a good deal with periods. I know you’re all probably rolling your eyes and thinking can’t I just have some chocolate, Netflix and a pillow? But studies show that even walking will help with fatigue, cramps and general mood.
     
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    I get EXHAUSTED on mine. As in I'll sleep most of the day on the weekends if possible. I do more centers/small groups when it's really bad so I can sit down at my table and be relaxed. Still teaching, just not as much movement for me. I teach first grade though, so it's a practical solution for my setting.
     
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    Ugh. It’s a pain. When I have recess duty, I don’t have a break from 11:30-3:44 since we all have car duty.
     
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    Yes, this is a regular issue that we all have figured how to get around the best way we can. I'm always embarrassed to ask someone to watch my class for any restroom reason. My schedule is not a benefit to my bladder on a regular day, no less on another day.
    The last obgyn visit I had gave this big questionnaire about bladder issues. Sadly, I wrote on mine that as a teacher, I felt like my lot in life was to have no bladder by retirement.
     

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