Is ‘menstrual leave’ for real and could it change the workplace?

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More and more companies are answering the call to provide period leave – yet some critics remain sceptical.

In early 2020, just three months into a new job, Jessie, a 28-year-old editor in New York City, fainted at work. They knew their period was probably going to start that day, and that they’d likely endure some pain, but they needed to be at the office to film a video – especially because their team was short-staffed.

They decided not to call in sick. “I just don’t think [a period] counts as a sickness,” they say.

So, when Jessie began feeling pain – intense cramping in their abdomen and lower back – they took ibuprofen and tried to get back to work.

Jessie did not want – or need – an ambulance; they simply wanted to go home and lie down. If Jessie had had an employer-sponsored entitlement, they say, they would feel more comfortable taking time off or working from home when they’re in pain.


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