There are some who complain that female officers take sick time off during their periods, and that they should just suck it up and come to work. For most female officers, this is exactly what they do--they suck it up. Keep in mind, this is not a "I get hay fever every spring" type of an affliction. This happens every single month until you are over fifty. Forty years of this--it's like living with a disease. But some female officers are in constant pain and cannot come to work, or need to take medication to help them overcome the pain so they can come to work. So, cut them a little slack. I ask you this; if you were bleeding for five days in a row, would you be at work? Just asking.