Paid Menstrual Leave Needs To Be Implemented In Workplaces And Here’s Why:

10/31/2020

Image Credit: Dom Aguilar

I don't think people understand how dysmenorrhea, a.k.a painful periods, can affect one's mind, body, and spirit.

Reasons why I CANNOT work day 1 or 2 of my period:

  1. Heavy bleeding

For me, wearing maxi pads or 2 regular pads stacked on top of each other is normal on days 1 & 2 of my period. I have worked jobs where I can easily go to the bathroom and change my pad every 2 hours or so. And then, there have been jobs I worked where I had to find someone to watch my students (working as a teacher) while I ran to the bathroom to change my pad before blood leaked onto my pants. Unfortunately, not every menstruator who works has the luxury of making frequent trips (without notifying someone of their brief absence) to the bathroom to change their pad/tampon/period panty/menstrual cup/ etc.