Period pain affects women at work

Most female workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, our survey of 500 women suggests that 15% were regularly bedridden by their period pains.  Some women believed that their period pains had an adverse effect on their career.

What is Period Pain?

Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or period pains, felt in the lower abdomen, occurring both before and during a woman’s menstrual period.
The pain can be slight or sometimes extremely severe. There are two types of painful periods – primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. About 15% of women describe the menstrual pain as severe.

Suffering in silence

Of the 52%, nearly a third had taken at least a day’s sick leave as a result. Also, one doctor has suggested employers should offer “menstrual leave”. Should be in companies policies and procedure for female staff. Alternatively, businesses can be more accommodating with leave for women who are struggling with painful periods.”
Dr Gedis Grudzinskas, a London-based consultant gynaecologist, said

women should be more open about period pain – and employers more understanding.

So what can I do

Go to your GP, they can offer medications are often called anti-prostaglandins, and they reduce cramping in the uterus, make period flow lighter, and relieve discomfort. Many of these medications also contain pain, killers such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which are types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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