Paid Period Leave for Canadian Women

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There has been talk about allowing a Paid Period (Menstrual) Leave within Canada and some people believe this is ridiculous because as women we should be "used to" the pain and discomfort of a reoccurring period. Yes, all women suffer from Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) but what some people do not understand is that there are women that suffer from Dysmenorrhea that is beyond the normal 'cramp' or 'pain' of a menstrual cycle. There are a lot of women out there that have to deal with extreme menstrual pain that affects their everyday life by restricting their mobility and mental state due to the amount of pain they experience not only in the uterus but with their lower back, joints, and pelvis causing them to be bedridden, for hours and sometimes days. On top of dealing with the physical pain of the uterine wall shedding and contracting, as women we have to deal with nausea, vomiting, headaches, backaches, mood swings, bloating, and diarrhea. Now, having to come into work with side affects like this is unreasonable and almost cruel. There are employees that call in sick when they only have a cold, but women are expected to come to work and not only hide the fact that they are on their period but also have to suffer from all of these painful side effects. 

I am not a doctor, so if you still do not understand the effects a period has on a woman's life please do some research and try to understand what we have to go through not once or twice but, Every. Single. Month.

I have also attached this article explaining Endometriosis (an incurable condition that arises when the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body, such as the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, the bladder, or even the lungs or brain). Which is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women and approximately 176 million women in the world: https://thewalrus.ca/why-canada-needs-paid-menstrual-leave/

As women, we are asking for a set amount of paid Menstrual days a year, so we are able to go home or stay at home, rest, and take care of our selves without having to worry about losing our jobs. 



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