Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests.
A YouGov survey of 1,000 women for BBC Radio 5 live’s Emma Barnett programme found 52% had, but only 27% had told their boss period pain was responsible. Of the 52%, nearly a third had taken at least a day’s sick leave as a result. And one doctor has suggested employers should offer “menstrual leave”. Nine out of 10 of the women reported having period pain at some point.
‘Suffering in silence’
Dr Gedis Grudzinskas, a London-based consultant gynaecologist, said women should be more open about period pain – and employers more understanding. He added: “Menstruation is normal, but some women suffer terribly and they suffer in silence.
“I don’t think women should be shy about it, and companies should be accommodating with leave for women who are struggling with painful periods.”
News Source: bbc.com