British Company Offers Paid Leave for Period Pain

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Raise your hand if you think that paid maternity leave is a great idea. Raise your hand if you love cramps and bloating and all of the pain that is associated with your period. If you raised your hand to the first question, you've qualified yourself to continue reading. If you raised your hand to the second one, then … well … I'm not really quite sure what to say.

Anyways.

For those of you who are still reading, get a load of this

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A company in Britain has taken paid leave a step further and have started to allow women to take paid time off if they are experiencing period pain that is too intense for them to come to work. Bex Baxter, the person in charge of putting this sort of policy into practice, said that the main issue here is getting rid of the stigma that period pain can't be classified as an illness — that since it's so natural and regular that it's just one of those things that women have to suck up and get over.

“I have managed many female members of staff over the years, and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods,” Baxter said. She went on to say that a lot of the people that she's worked with have felt shame in saying that they were in pain, which is too bad because from what I've heard, it feels even worse than what it feels like for a man to get kicked below the belt, which I can definitely sympathize with. The only difference between a guy getting kicked in the jewels and a woman dealing with period pain is that that man's pain doesn't last for a week.

For which I am eternally grateful. 

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What do you think about this policy? Have you ever felt embarrassed or ashamed to tell a supervisor about your pain? Is this something that you would take advantage of?

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British Company Offers Paid Leave for Period Pain

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