THAT TIME OF THE MONTH
She explains, “In India, the incidence of dysmenorrhoea varies with the prevalence being around 70 per cent in adoloscent girls and about 30 per cent in general population. So to declare a ‘ period leave’ will not be fruitful. The dysmenorrhoea is of two types — primary and secondary. Primary dysmenorrhoea is usually seen in adolescent girls and without any pelvic pathology. Secondary dysmenorrhoea is because of multiple reasons like pelvic infection, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or fibroids etc. So the optimistic way of deciding a leave is to get a medical approval from a qualified gynaecologist with sufficient investigative proof attached.” Also, the leave should be better named as a ‘ Cycle Leave’.
Shrishti Khanna ( name changed), a 28- year- old banking executive would love if such a policy was applicable in India. “It would be wonderful to have such a work policy here. If other countries have implemented it, why can’t we have it here too. It would benefit a lot women like me who have a history of painful menstrual cramps and sometimes have to bunk work due to it.” On the other hand, Zainab Khan ( name changed), a 31- year- old media professional shares her skepticism at benefiting from this policy, if it were to exist here. “I’d be a little apprehensive about taking a ‘ period leave’ as I wouldn’t want to be perceived as ‘ weak’ or a ‘ delicate darling’ amongst my colleagues. Also, I wouldn’t want my period to become a topic of discussion among my male colleagues. I’d rather take a sick leave discreetly than let the world know I’m on my period.”