They cost us more than money
Women already struggle to get equal pay or as good of jobs as men, thanks to discrimination against moms or could-be mothers by bosses who fear will take maternity leave, or companies that don’t take initiatives to recruit women. Then there’s another problem: our periods. For some women, period pain can be so bad they need to stay home from work. August experts tell us, “A 2012 study found 32 to 40 percent of people who have periods report this pain is so severe they have to miss work or school” and “Painful, irregular, or heavy periods affect up to 14 percent of females in their childbearing years.” Some call them childbearing years: others call them career-building years. In a world where women already struggle to get ahead, painful periods that keep you home aren’t doing you any favors – talk to your doctor if your period discomfort is interfering with your daily activities.