Handling Your Ladies Time On The Road...

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The Little Trucker's Comment
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So we are all ladies. We have periods. I am looking into team driving, which means there are definitely fewer stops. You're almost running the entire time. If you needed to change your feminine products, what do you do? Or should I just try to use birth control the entire time, which has stopped my periods entirely when I remember to take the pill?

Rerun's Comment
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So we are all ladies. We have periods. I am looking into team driving, which means there are definitely fewer stops. You're almost running the entire time. If you needed to change your feminine products, what do you do? Or should I just try to use birth control the entire time, which has stopped my periods entirely when I remember to take the pill?

Even in team driving you have to stop for fuel, food, showers, rest room brakes. The truck is not constantly rolling for hours on end. There are different situations where you may have several stops on a run or some random reason as to why you can't just roll all day. Take advantage of the stops when you get them and take care of your personal business. Learn to get in and out in 5 minutes or less and you'll find it doesn't really make a difference as far as making your destination on time as long as you're not stopping every hour. Unless that time of the month is really heavy for you, you can go up to 3 or 4 hours without stopping. Any safe driver will tell you that you should be stopping that often anyway to check your cargo or general trip inspections. But just in case you are on a timed load or had been stuck in traffic there is rest areas all over the interstate. And, as a last resort, as long as you are comfortable with it, you can take care of your business in the sleeper. Personally I've never had to do that. I've driven team and solo OTR and trained students on a dedicated run with 100% JIT (just in time- which means you cannot be late......EVER!) loads. I've always found time to maintain every aspect of my hygiene. Just learn to plan your trips well, plan ahead, plan for the unexpected, and you'll do fine.

~~Cristy

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

The Little Trucker's Comment
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So we are all ladies. We have periods. I am looking into team driving, which means there are definitely fewer stops. You're almost running the entire time. If you needed to change your feminine products, what do you do? Or should I just try to use birth control the entire time, which has stopped my periods entirely when I remember to take the pill?

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Even in team driving you have to stop for fuel, food, showers, rest room brakes. The truck is not constantly rolling for hours on end. There are different situations where you may have several stops on a run or some random reason as to why you can't just roll all day. Take advantage of the stops when you get them and take care of your personal business. Learn to get in and out in 5 minutes or less and you'll find it doesn't really make a difference as far as making your destination on time as long as you're not stopping every hour. Unless that time of the month is really heavy for you, you can go up to 3 or 4 hours without stopping. Any safe driver will tell you that you should be stopping that often anyway to check your cargo or general trip inspections. But just in case you are on a timed load or had been stuck in traffic there is rest areas all over the interstate. And, as a last resort, as long as you are comfortable with it, you can take care of your business in the sleeper. Personally I've never had to do that. I've driven team and solo OTR and trained students on a dedicated run with 100% JIT (just in time- which means you cannot be late......EVER!) loads. I've always found time to maintain every aspect of my hygiene. Just learn to plan your trips well, plan ahead, plan for the unexpected, and you'll do fine.

~~Cristy

Thanks Cristy. I was hoping for a little more privacy than changing a tampon in the truck during training but I guess that might not be possible. Oh well, it's not the end of the world.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rerun's Comment
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Thanks Cristy. I was hoping for a little more privacy than changing a tampon in the truck during training but I guess that might not be possible. Oh well, it's not the end of the world.

You're welcome anytime. You'll get the hang of it and it'll work out for you. Just make having to change in the sleeper a last resort. Tell your trainer you have lady business to handle and they should be accommodating.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Might I recommend having baby wipes and baggies on hand to take care of any mess?

I generally sleep with a red handtowel underneath my butt during the nights when mine is the heaviest so that my sheets don't get stained if I leak through.

The Little Trucker's Comment
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Might I recommend having baby wipes and baggies on hand to take care of any mess?

I generally sleep with a red handtowel underneath my butt during the nights when mine is the heaviest so that my sheets don't get stained if I leak through.

Aw gee. I guess there is no way around it, which I am okay with. But on the other hand, I was taking a birth control pill that helped my periods--by taking them away! Lol. I had a very hard and miserable time when that time of month came around, so my doctor recommended Trinessa tablets. She said they would ease cramps and make it so that I didn't bleed heavily for two weeks anymore. She did say they would take away my periods, but she also said I need to take a break from them every two months or so to allow myself to bleed. If I really cared about having my period on a truck, I would just start taking those again.

Thanks for the advice and responses, Ladies.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tracey D.'s Comment
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I used to take the depo provera shot for birth control every 12 weeks. I didn't have a period for over 10 years. No need to take a break from it and bleed. If I had wanted to get pregnant again, it can take up to a year or so to get back to normal. But I loved to not have to worry about having periods and buying tampons all the time. Now, I had an ablation a couple of years ago, so no periods and no birth control.

The Little Trucker's Comment
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I used to take the depo provera shot for birth control every 12 weeks. I didn't have a period for over 10 years. No need to take a break from it and bleed. If I had wanted to get pregnant again, it can take up to a year or so to get back to normal. But I loved to not have to worry about having periods and buying tampons all the time. Now, I had an ablation a couple of years ago, so no periods and no birth control.

The only thing about shots is that I am terrified about what they could possibly be putting in my body. I mean, they could mix that with anything. I just feel like pills or safer. On the other hand not having to spend money on "that time of month" products or worry about bleeding does sound rather nice. I guess I could look into it.

Boss Mare's Comment
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Zip lock baggies, handy wipes, and red colored towel to sleep/sit on great as mentioned. Timed loads I understand pressure of not stopping esp if held up somewhere but bc another driver not wanting to....I have GREAT story that might put that in perspective....a "friend" got into a bit of trouble and was arrested...had to spend week in "county hotel" and had started her period. She spent about 4 days in processing where in an individual cell but next to men and guards were either men/women. She saw female guard and asked for products to help her...was given one and told to ask for more as needed. The female guard's shift ended and left. "Friend" needed another one bit later and asked male guard. He denied her request. She kept asking and he kept blowing her off. Finally after few hours...she had bleed threw and made mess in her lovely state issued panties. So what did she do....As the rude guard came by again to check rounds, she slide ruined panties thru food tray slot on his feet and politely asked for more products. When he had to pick up and handle nasty panties he made sure to bring her more products whenever she requested. The point....until MEN have to deal with our monthly problems directly they don't understand that when you say "I NEED to stop/or need this" that you really mean it. It was bold but it made the point directly...not just asking because it's all fun and games....it is a necessity. On the flip side...doing it in sleeper wouldn't be that bad...just do it and if partner has problem with it then tell them to pull over and make a stop so THEY don't have to deal with it. YOU CANT change nature and taking the pill just to avoid periods (not to stop pregnancy) is SO bad for your body...don't risk YOUR health to make someone else feel comfortable with environment! Just my thoughts....ALL the Best

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Team Staples's Comment
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So we are all ladies. We have periods. I am looking into team driving, which means there are definitely fewer stops. You're almost running the entire time. If you needed to change your feminine products, what do you do? Or should I just try to use birth control the entire time, which has stopped my periods entirely when I remember to take the pill?

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Even in team driving you have to stop for fuel, food, showers, rest room brakes. The truck is not constantly rolling for hours on end. There are different situations where you may have several stops on a run or some random reason as to why you can't just roll all day. Take advantage of the stops when you get them and take care of your personal business. Learn to get in and out in 5 minutes or less and you'll find it doesn't really make a difference as far as making your destination on time as long as you're not stopping every hour. Unless that time of the month is really heavy for you, you can go up to 3 or 4 hours without stopping. Any safe driver will tell you that you should be stopping that often anyway to check your cargo or general trip inspections. But just in case you are on a timed load or had been stuck in traffic there is rest areas all over the interstate. And, as a last resort, as long as you are comfortable with it, you can take care of your business in the sleeper. Personally I've never had to do that. I've driven team and solo OTR and trained students on a dedicated run with 100% JIT (just in time- which means you cannot be late......EVER!) loads. I've always found time to maintain every aspect of my hygiene. Just learn to plan your trips well, plan ahead, plan for the unexpected, and you'll do fine.

~~Cristy

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Thanks Cristy. I was hoping for a little more privacy than changing a tampon in the truck during training but I guess that might not be possible. Oh well, it's not the end of the world.

Thank God I am teaming with my husband and he has seen all my stuff good and bad. I was wondering how all this was gonna play out with having a period.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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