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Menstruation and Support at Work

UK Survey Explores Link Between Menstruation and Employee Support at Work

December 11, 2023

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently surveyed over 2,000 women in the UK, aged 18-60, who currently or have previously had their period while being employed. 

The goal of this report? To understand the experiences of menstruating employees and how employers can foster a supportive environment in the workplace. 

The Impact of Menstruation Symptoms

  • 79% of respondents say they have experienced menstruation symptoms.
  • 15% say they have a menstrual health condition such as endometriosis, PCOS or PMDD
  • Around 7 in 10 employees (69%) who have experienced symptoms from menstruation report that they have had a negative impact at work. 
  • More than half (53%) had been unable to go to work at some point because of their symptoms.
  • 12% of respondents say their menstrual symptoms have had a negative impact on their career.

The Need for Support

CIPD’s survey findings indicate that most employees don’t feel that they are supported within their organization in relation to their period. 

  • Just over 1 in 10 (12%) of employees report that their organization provides support for menstruation and menstrual health, for example in the form of a policy, guidance or training. 
  • 1 in 5 didn’t know if support was available but two-thirds (67%) said there is none.
  • The most common type of support is free period products (18%) followed by paid sick leave (15%) and paid time off for medical appointments (12%). Any other type of support is even less commonly available.
  • People are much more likely to feel supported by colleagues than by their employer or manager (41% compared with 21% and 26%, respectively). 
  • Overall, 3% say they have left a job due to a lack of workplace support in relation to their menstrual symptoms, while 5% are considering leaving.
Menstruation and Support at Work

👀 Interested in learning more? Read the full report here!

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claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®