A lot of women have experienced period pain while at work according to a survey. The survey also reveals that it usually affects their ability to be productive.
YouGov surveyed 1,000 women for a BBC program. The survey showed that 52% of women had experienced period pain while at work, with only 27% telling their boss about it.
Of the 52% who admitted to having had period pains at work, only a third of them had resorted to taking at least a day’s sick leave.
A London-based gynaecologist has suggested that women should be more open about period pains, as well as employers should be more understanding.
“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.”
“Menstrual leave would make people feel more happy and comfortable in the workplace, which is a positive thing,” he said.
He also added that there is a lack of awareness on period pains and its adverse causes on the health of women.
What Is Period Pain And What Causes It?
Period pain is an inevitable part of most women’s monthly menstrual cycle. They are usually more like stomach cramps that can spread to the back, thighs and even vagina. Period pain often induces diarrhoea as well as nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting and fatigue. The pain usually ranges from mild dull aches to frequent painful spasms.
The production of the hormone prostaglandin by cells in the lining of the womb causes the womb to contract during periods. The higher the amount/level of prostaglandin produced, the more the womb contracts, hence the period pain. This can be weakly described as the Uterus trying to kill itself.
Women usually opt for painkillers or hormonal birth control. The latter suspends periods for a certain period of time. others however go the extreme by removing their womb.