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Spain Could Be The First Western Country To Offer Menstrual Leave

My stomach is in disarray

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This is incredible! Spain is set to become the first Western country that would guarantee three days of workplace leave per month for women who experience harsh menstrual pain.

Ladies, we all know that pain!

Other countries in the world already grant menstrual leave, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia.

The draft reform comes after Secretary of State for Equality and Gender Violence Ángela Rodríguez announced in March that new measures would be taken to support menstrual and reproductive health, including medical leave for women recovering from an abortion.

Under the reform package set to pass at Spain's next cabinet meeting on Tuesday, schools will also be required to provide sanitary pads for girls who need them.

'The rights related to menstrual health have never been discussed and the data is chilling,' Rodríguez told El Periodico. 'One in four women cannot choose the feminine hygiene products she wants to buy for financial reasons. That is why we propose that they can be dispensed free of charge in educational and social centers.'

The time off is intended to benefit women who suffer from particularly painful periods. 

Many women who menstruate suffer from severe pain known as dysmenorrhea, which can be debilitating in severe cases.

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