This is more of a “The more you know…” moment. Okaaaay, more for me than for anyone else b/c I didn’t know this was a “thing” in other countries. Article here.

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Women have had menstrual cycles since damn near the beginning of time. We know that it differs from woman to woman and even month to month b/c nothing is ever the same or simple. 

What I didn’t know, was that women take off b/c of the pain even tho I know it can be so hard to push through otherwise. Nor that other countries allow women that breathing room to be WOMEN!!! 

The study, which was published in the BMJ Open medical journal, is the largest of its kind. 

It found that when women did call in sick because of period pain, only 1 in 5 told their employer or school the real reason for their absence.

What’s more, 68% of respondents said they wished they had the option of more flexible hours to work or study during their period.

“Despite being almost two decades into the 21st century, discussions about [cycle symptoms] may still be rather taboo,” Theodoor Nieboer said.

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There’s a need for greater openness about the impact of menstrual symptoms on work, and companies need to be more open about this with their female workers.

Menstruation-related symptoms cause a great deal of lost productivity, and presenteeism is a bigger contributor to this than absenteeism.

However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that there’s plenty of reasons why men might be unproductive in the workplace.

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Around the world, 1.8 billion women menstruate. The real impact of menstruation was under-appreciated.

Menstrual or period leave has been presented as a possible solution for the occasions when a woman might need to stay home due to having uncomfortable symptoms related to her menstrual cycle.


Around the World:

Across several Asian countries, menstrual leave is already offered to working women, Danielle Keiser told CNN last year. Keiser is [the] founder of a global women’s health organization called the Menstrual Health Hub.

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There are menstrual leave policies in Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, according to records from the Menstrual Health Hub, although it’s often an entitlement that women don’t feel they can take in male-dominated workplaces.

In other parts of the world, menstrual leave policies have emerged more on a company-by-company basis.

Coexist, a group based in the United Kingdom that hosts community spaces, allows employees who opt into its period policy to take time off, work from home, or consider other options such as altering their working hours during their periods.

In Australia, the Victorian Women’s Trust, an advocacy group, offers employees paid days off for painful periods.

A Rant in my Spirit:

downloadFirst, this article depressed me and let me tell you why… 

Women are never really allowed to just be women. In a male-dominated world, we have to push our feminism to the side to in order to conform and get the same respect when the truth is… we are DIFFERENT! 

No, I don’t mean we shouldn’t have rights, we shouldn’t get paid equally for the same jobs, or make ourselves smaller to exist among men. What I am saying tho… is that we should be allowed to be us.

I mean, we have babies. We have a monthly, bloody, flushing out that can’t be stopped unless pregnant or by medication. Nobody seems to take into account, that that that monthly visitor is painful or causes other symptoms that we cannot control. 

Yet, here in the United States, nobody cares! We are just required to suck it up and push through. Do you know how hard that is? Do you know that if men were asked to do the same thing as women, monthly, they’d have ALL the laws in place to be as comfortable as possible… EVERY. MONTH!

So, what’s my point? Glad you asked… 😉

A Word of Advice:

download (1)My point is that the United States still lives in the stone ages while the rest of the world surpasses us TWICE, THRICE, and AGAIN. 

When you calculate the lost productivity in the workplace and the need for women to just, for once, be allowed to breathe and power down for a few days… it can amount to increased focus, function, and productive work overall. 

The proof is in the pudding, but some folks choose to still be blind. 🤦🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

I guess some women will have to find their way to those countries that allow us breathing room in order to thrive… or do we? 🤨 🤔