DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Contd from p1 lisa. an­tao@ dnain­dia. net

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’.

Em­ployee speak

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.”

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