1. A doctor in the U.K. says he believes female workers should be offered paid menstrual leave. Part of his argument for women taking time off is that it could, inevitably, lead to a more productive workforce.
  2. Dr. Gedis Grudzinskas is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology who has come out and said that paid ‘menstrual leave’ would boost a woman’s motivation and productivity--- and he believes this option should be offered worldwide.
  3. "Some women feel really grotty when menstruating. Coming into work is a struggle and they feel lousy," he told the Daily Mail.
  4. "When you feel like that, it's harder to take pride in your work or perform as well. This is about employers being sensible and aware."
  5. Painful menstrual cramps of uterine origin are known as dysmenorrhea. A 2012 article in American Family Physician estimated it may be severe enough to interfere with daily activities in up to 20 per cent of women.
  6. Some CBC readers argue proposals such as the one Grudzinskas is making would only send us further back into the dark ages:
  7. Honestly no. We have been fighting for equality and to have the same rights as men for over 100 years and I believe that this would set us back 100 years.
  8. I don't think we should get a paid week off or even a day off every single month. But I have some really really bad days and think if you can't afford to take a day off but you can't stand up with out keeling over in pain you should be able to take a paid day off. This being said, it should be an option for the men in the workplace to also get paid sick days if they have the flu or any sort of illness.
  9. An interesting fact--the history of menstrual leave dates back to Japan after the Second World War, researcher Alice Dan told the Atlantic.
  10. Women in Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia are also entitled to menstrual leave, the magazine said. Chantel Fyfe-Hudon shares that perspective below:
  11. There are some really ignorant people out there who haven't a clue. I worked in South Korea where women were allowed to take a day off for this reason. It was never abused and those who needed it had time to rest and come back to work productively. For a country with such a strong work ethic I found it quite forward thinking and realistic. I'm shocked at how dismissive and intolerant people's reactions are!
  12. And from a Canadian vantage point, in 2010, the Toronto Observer reported that Yara Doleh, a researcher and archeologist, proposed an optional menstrual leave in Canada.
  13. A 2005 study of 2,721 Canadian women suggested 17 per cent reported missing school or work because of dysmenorrhea.
  14. Many CBC readers argued that they don't want to advertise that they're menstruating because that would either be a) uncomfortable or b) fit into the image that women exist in a two-tiered employment situation, refected by the perspective below:
  15. I have mixed feelings. 1. I don't want people to know my menstrual cycle! 2. I am in support for those who suffer more than I do due to their conditions. Once in a long while, it could hit me harder than expected that I get one sick day. But generally it is rare for me to call in sick on a painful menstruation.
  16. While many others simply say that this would never work because it would jeopardize work flow or should just be covered by a sick day:
  17. That's roughly 25% of a year paid off lol, I think maybe use sick days or perhaps give maybe a certain amount of days per year to give to women who can use them when it really bothers them and they need the day off. I think it would easily be abused by women who don't experience much pain and ruin it for the women who actually don't abuse the system and need it.
  18. How about if all employers offer adequate paid sick time for all employees regardless of gender? Then employees could take days off for painful periods without it becoming an issue. Honestly, if women want equality in the workforce, this will NOT help achieve that.
  19. This would be very difficult for their Co workers having them away so much
  20. I don't know if I need to necessarily compensated but I would appreciate my management or other employers to recognize it as a legitimate medical hindrance.
  21. Doesn't this fall under regular sick days? Although, I do know that menstruation affects women differently, with some almost physically incapacitated for a few days every month.
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