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Spain to introduce three-day leave for employees with severe menstural pain

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THE Spanish goverment has proposed the introduction of menstrual leave for employees experiencing severe period pain.

  The introduction of this legislation would make Spain the first country in Europe to have menstrual leave and would allow people with extreme menstrual pain to take up to three days off work per month, with allowances of up to five days in more severe cases, according to media reports.

  The draft bill was leaked to the Spanish press late last week, and is expected to be discussed by the cabinet in the coming days. It is not yet clear whether the proposed leave would be paid or unpaid.

  Ángela Rodríguez, Spain’s secretary of state for equality, first proposed the menstrual leave in March of this year, saying   “We’re not talking about a slight discomfort, but about serious symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever and bad headaches.”

  Spain’s Minister for Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, has clarified the bill is still “under discussion,” and is not guaranteed to pass through the coalition government.

  According to the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics, dysmenorrhea may affect at least one-third of females of reproductive age.

  Dysmenorrhea is characterised by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain during your period. Dysmenorrhea may be primary, existing from the beginning of periods, or secondary, due to an underlying condition.

  According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, women with primary dysmenorrhea have abnormal contractions of the uterus due to a chemical imbalance in the body.

  “For example, the chemical prostaglandin control the contractions of the uterus.

  “Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by other medical conditions, most often endometriosis. This is a condition in which endometrial tissue implants outside the uterus. Endometriosis often causes internal bleeding, infection, and pelvic pain.

  Other causes of secondary dysmenorrhea include Pelvic inflammatory disease, Uterine fibroids, Abnormal pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic) and Infection, tumors, or polyps in the pelvic cavity,” it said.

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