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Updated: Aug 13, 2021

Invisible pain, unspeakable violence !

While it is socially accepted that menstrual pain is normal, it is also customary to think that women who overstep their professional or social obligations due to dysmenorrhea are small natures at best, or simply do well. movie theater !

Based on the testimonials received and the first feedback from the questionnaire that we administered on our digital media, we decided to go in search of information on the impact of pain on the professional lives of those concerned.

Unlike a nice cut on the arm, dysmenorrhea is invisible! Yet for those who suffer from it live a real ordeal. According to the English study published in 2019, the intensity of pain can be as great as that experienced during a heart attack.

While in some parts of the world this period is synonymous with Mother's Day, a symbol of procreation for others, it sounds more like the chronicle of imminent death, that of social life.

No more skinny jeans from the day before, the patent pumps and the trendy jacket, it's more like, “That I love you my loose dress, and you my precious painkillers, as for you, I will never leave you. my comforting hot water bottle! "

According to the study carried out by Ipsos and EndoFrance in 2020 as part of the EndoVie survey, for 62% of women with endometriosis, it is difficult or almost impossible to get up to go to work in times of crisis. However, dysmenorrhea does not only affect women with endometriosis, but 80% of the female population and 50% of them must resort to drug treatment to cope.

Faced with its figures which could almost make you dizzy, we therefore wondered about the impact in the workplace. And as French literature is very poorly documented, we have tried to find some answers from our European neighbors.

The study recently published in the BMJ Opena assessed the loss of productivity associated with menstrual pain, comparing the rate of absenteeism from work or school and the rate of presenteeism in 32,748 Dutch women aged 15 to 45 years.

It turns out that 14% of those polled said they had been absent from work or school a little more than a day because of menstrual pain and for 3.5% this was the case every cycle. In addition, the study recalls that women under the age of 21 were however three times more likely to be absent than older women.

According to the authors, almost 9 days of productivity each year are lost. When you add the loss of productivity and days off due to painful periods.

According to AYMING's 9th absenteeism barometer, absenteeism is 50% higher among women than among men with an over-representation of service professions. The possible relationship between dysmenorrhea and absenteeism should probably be considered. Especially since we know that women have a lower level of education than men.

Would not this be the time to consider another management of menstrual dysmenorrhea in order to limit social disinsertion which contributes to reinforcing the inequalities between men and women.

The experience put in place since April 2021 by La Scop La Collective, regarding menstrual leave since April 2021, could be a model to follow.

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