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This Company Is Establishing Paid Time Off for Women with Their Periods


There is nothing worse than dragging yourself out of your sweatpants and into the office when you have a case of killer cramps. We've all been there and it's a total b*tch. (Make sure you read up on The Surprising Reason Your Period Is So Painful.)

But if one company has anything to say about it, keeping our lady troubles under wraps at the office shouldn't be the standard. Coexist, a community coworking space in the United Kingdom, announced it will be instituting a company-wide Period Policy this month. And it's getting a lot of attention.

Under their new policy, telling your boss you have to work from home (or, you know, from under a heating pad) because it's that time of the month won't be stigmatized. And taking days off when Aunt Flo comes to town will be totally cool with the higher-ups. No more faking a flu or worrying about rationing your sick days to deal with a wicked case of PMS! (Check out Your Menstrual Cycle Phases—Explained.)

According to the founder of the company, the policy won't be mandatory (read: woman are not being sent out to the red tents in an ancient world throwback); rather, it's designed to make the workplace more accommodating to individual health needs.

Coexist isn't the first company to institute this kind of policy (Japan has had a law enforcing paid menstrual leave on the books since 1947), but it does speak to the greater trend of bringing women's health issues in the workplace into mainstream conversation.

Now if you're wondering what to do with that day off, try these Three Ways to Stop Cramps and get back on your feet faster.


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