Too Poor for Periods: what a bloody disgrace

Too Poor for Periods: what a bloody disgrace

 "I wrapped a sock around my underwear just to stop the bleeding, because I didn't want to get shouted at. And I wrapped a whole tissue roll around my underwear, just to keep my underwear dry until I got home. I once Sellotaped tissue to my underwear. I didn't know what else to do”.

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Why you should introduce a policy for women's health

  • 58% of women say that a day at home would make menstruation (periods) more bearable.
  • 52% of women indicate that not having to make an excuse when feeling unwell as a result of menstruation, would make their period a better experience. 
  • 24% of women suggest that being able to ask for what they need from their employer, would help with menstruation (periods).
  • 26% of women who have gone through menopause, say that being able to take time off work when needed would have helped their transition. 

Findings come from an online, global survey of 3,400 people, in addition to 22 focus groups. The research was carried out by the Victorian Women’s Trust, from 2013-2016.  

Following the survey, the organisation introduced a Menstrual Policy, which recognises that sickness and menstrual related absence should be treated differently: 

“You are not sick when you have your period, it is a completely natural health reality. Equally, you are not sick when you are sleep-deprived due to symptoms related to menopause. So why do so many women need to take sick leave while masking the real reason that they cannot perform their work duties?” – Victorian Women’s Trust.

Many women I’ve spoken to have been put on absence-related capability measures, as a result of their menstrual health issues. Some have actually been fired as a direct result of menstrual related absence. This has to change. 


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