Lawmaker Proposes Paid Confinement During Menstruation

Menstruation Now a Social AND Medical Problem –

Holy Hormones Journal: Although the feminist in me wants to rage at the proposed law put forth by a Russian lawmaker to give the ‘fair sex’ suffering from hormone imbalance and menstrual discomfort – paid time off because they are less productive at work – all I can do is sigh.



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And this is the picture used to accompany the article.  Is this how women want to be portrayed?  Is this how men view us?  Our professional colleagues?  Our husbands, partners and kids?  Scary stuff.

The cost-effectiveness and accessibility of femcare products in the 1900’s – revolutionized women – and armed the suffragists to win the right to vote – without having to be confined to their homes ‘during that time of month’ because they were menstruating.  Women were able to work jobs abandoned by men who went to war during WWII because of femcare.  When they returned home after the war – many were no longer satisfied with their stay-at-home roles and went back to the workforce.

The 60’s women’s movement mobilized thousands globally because of chemical -laden (but that is another story)  tampons and sanitary napkins – giving rise to women entering college and the workforce in droves.

And now we are being relegated BY LAW to be at home once a month (do not let the ‘pay’ fool you) because of menstruation. Although many women think of this as a great opportunity… it is a jail sentence…..confinement during menstruation. We are going back to the days before femcare accessibility.

Women’s right’s groups can fight this all they want – and they should on a social and political level because menstruation has now become a social SOCIAL problem and not just a MEDICAL problem.

Why is this happening? Synthetic hormones – the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history for starters – combined with number of estrogen mimicking chemicals in our environment – AND the lack of nutrients in our foods.


We have to reclaim our health and our lives. Paid time off during menstruation is a jail sentence. Laws like this are dangerous – and the patriarchy will have hobbled women.  All or our contributions will be forgotten.  They will be in control…. and menstruation will become an mental, physical and social problem.  We will never see women in leadership. The stigma will be long lasting.

It is imperative we gain control of our health – we need to nutrate not medicate.  We need to heal – not mask. We do not have to be suffering – nor do we need to get our brains, lobotomized (with synthetic hormone steroids and SSRI’s), nor do we need to get our breasts lobbed off, our uteri and ovaries ripped out – not vaccinated for ‘HPV disease.’

Are you seeing the big picture now?  BTW – the Russian dude is also a mayoral candidate…. and looks like a pretty conservative white man.


Russian Lawmaker, Mikhail Degtyaryov, Suggests Paid Time Off For Menstruating Women, Cites ‘Psychological And Physiological Discomfort

Russian lawmaker Mikhail Degtyaryov said that since women are less efficient while they’re menstruating, they should just take that time Russis Mayoroff each month.

Medical Daily
By Nadia-Elysse Harris, JD | Aug 01, 2013 01:36 PM

Are women less efficient workers when they’re on their period? One Russian legislator thinks so.

Russian lawmaker Mikhail Degtyaryov proposed a law that would give women two days of paid leave from work each month during their menstruation cycle. Degtyarygov said that the fatigue and emotional discomfort that women experience at that time can lead to reduced memory and reduced efficiency at work. Though his proposal has garnered a great deal of negative attention, he said that he was doing it with women’s mental and physical comfort in mind.

“During that period (of menstruation), most women experience psychological and physiological discomfort. The pain for the fair sex is often so intense that it is necessary to call an ambulance,” said Degtyaryov.

While it may seem inappropriate to say “you’re hormonal and lazy when you’re on your period, so just stay home,” Degtyaryov’s proposal is not completely without merit. The symptoms that some women experience when menstruating can range from minor abdominal cramps to full-blown depression, with lots of different things in between. Binge eating, breast swelling, fatigue, and emotional disturbance are all pretty common during menstruation.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.