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Should Paid Period Leave be a Thing in the U.S.?

No, this is not fake news. Italy is becoming the first country in Europe to offer female workers paid menstrual leave. Women who suffer from dysmenorrhea, a condition that makes periods extremely painful will have three days of paid leave each month. Cramps can range from mild to severe, but anyone who has curled up in ball, popping Ibuprofen like Tic-Tacs knows that going into the office during that “time of the month” is not an ideal situation. Period pain can range from the pelvis or abdomen to back pain, diarrhea, and nausea.

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