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Spitfire Sarah called off sick to the show today because she's having a really bad period. What can she do to help her buck up and deal with her period, like a real lady ought to? Thanks. -John, Chris Brake Show
Sarah: If I hear one more dude tell me or anyone else how to be a woman properly, at least a handful of folks are going to lose their fucking scalps. I know some women who have cramps so debilitating, they have to choose between a narcotic stupor and trying to do their jobs while laying on the floor. So, first of all, fuck right off. If men menstruated, everyone would get 3 extra days’ paid leave per month, no questions asked. Some women, myself included, are lucky enough to have menstrual cycles that are minimally interruptive to their lives (not including spontaneous crying at touching Google commercials). Every lady is different, but there are things that, at least anecdotally, that easy the physical symptoms of your average period: exercise, extra sleep, stretching, orgasms, and general TLC.
Dr. Debby: What she said. And for women who have a particularly difficult time with menstruation, I’d suggest meeting with a healthcare provider and/or registered dietician (find one through eatright.org). Some research suggests certain dietary changes can help to reduce period-related headaches or depression. Also, some women benefit from taking certain anti-depressants, or hormonal contraception (like the birth control pill), to help with period-related symptoms.