We've had casual, compassionate, maternity and paternity, now one more is on the horizon, menstrual. Since the beginning of time, women have experienced their monthly cycle yet have been made to 'get on with it' regardless of the pain it may come with. From cramping, to bloating, to breaking out- oh and don't forget the bleeding, society have conditioned the ladies into thinking that a period is not at all painful and uncomfortable but that instead, we are just a dramatic gender.

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However, finally, we have been heard and acknowledged, and in Spain, it was confirmed that they will become the first Western country to offer menstrual leave to women, something much needed for the working women. 

 

Should you offer Menstrual Leave to the Female Workforce?

 

The new proposal states that women will be able to take up to three days of menstrual leave every month, extendable to five if needed. Spain becomes the newest country of the menstruation leave list, joined by Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia. (Boris, if you're reading, please take notes!)

 

It's great to see people become aware that the period pain tablets are just not working! Plus, I don't think the instructions on the packaging include me standing from 9am-5pm. Giving women the time to rest and allow mother nature to run her course is undoubtedly the best medicine one could receive.

 

According to a report by Marie Claire, it was declared that menstrual cramps are equally as painful as having a heart attack by Professor of reproductive health at University College London, John Guillebaud, with 80% of women experiencing cramps at some point in their lifetime. Imagining knowing you're going to experience heart attack-like pain and fearing that it may be on a day where you still have to work because employers are not considerate enough to let you off? This has to change, period!

 

Women should educate themselves about the severity of period cramps and not gaslight or be gaslighted into assuming it is natural pain. Dysmenorrhea, the professional term for menstrual pain, characterized by severe cramping, but may potentially be symptoms for an underlying condition. These symptoms include:

 

  • Cramping
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Low back pain
  • Pain spreading down the legs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Headaches

Track how you feel to know if you are experiencing a regular period. Apps can be used for this but a favourite is Flo, an app for cycles and women's health.

 

Let us hope that all the countries within and beyond the Western world work to get added onto the menstrual leave list too, who knows? Maybe we can also push for compensation per cramp. Too far?

Is it about time? Spain become the first Western country to offer 'menstrual leave' to women