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    Default menstruation and calling in sick.

    How common is it for a woman to call in sick due to periods? is it ok to do it every month?

    If a woman is calling in sick due to 'menstrual problems' once a months almost always on a Monday is that ok?

    I have a worker who does this and I'm being very understanding but i also question if women really do need to take time off every time you menstruate? I personal never do but i know each woman is different.

    It's at the point where come Sunday i start to wonder if she will be calling in sick.

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    Potentially. Some women suffer terribly...extremely heavy blood flow, vomiting etc. One would hope she's seeking medical attention, though. The Monday thing is a bit suss...is she your employee?

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    Several friends of mine have terrible, crippling cramps, migraines, vomiting, etc when they get their period, usually due to endometriosis or PCOS type issues. So I think it's definitely possible, and a real reason to use sick leave. If they haven't gone over their sick leave entitlement I personally wouldn't see it as an issue.

    Yes, it could be suss that it's almost always on a monday, but it could also just be coincidence. My periods almost always seem to hit on a Friday for some reason.... I think just to ruin my weekend!

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    Potentially. I have a friend who is almost bed ridden on the first day of her af.

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    I haven't known of this happening anywhere I have worked before. I have also never needed to take a sick day for this reason.

    Could be legitimate that she suffers so badly she cannot work, but being a Monday every single time, I would be a bit suss.

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    I had endo before I had my first child and suffered severely, especially during AF. DH would regularly find me in a ball on the floor the pain was so severe I often called in sick a day a month (I would usually take my time-in-lieu) and the next 3-4 days I would go to work dosed up on pain killers just to get there. having said that, it wasn't always on a Monday, and it was genuine.

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    I work with someone who has pretty bad pain. She comes into work 90% of the time but is pretty much on strong painkillers and heatpack all day. And is still in pain.

    If she has sick leave then she is entitled to take it. If not then it is a problem.

    Eta. My mum used to get migraines frequently that was linked to her AF. She was in bed for at least a day with it.

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    Default menstruation and calling in sick.

    We had someone doing this at work.... turns out all her 26 medical certificates were fake.... found out because we wanted to get a fitness for work assessment done as she had taken 100 days off in a year. Surprise surprise, she didn't turn up to the specialist appointment paid by work and she never came back.

    When we contacted her GP for a report they knew nothing about it, and confirms they were not legit.

    Gives people with actual issues a bad rep
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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I had endo before I had my first child and suffered severely, especially during AF. DH would regularly find me in a ball on the floor the pain was so severe I often called in sick a day a month (I would usually take my time-in-lieu) and the next 3-4 days I would go to work dosed up on pain killers just to get there. having said that, it wasn't always on a Monday, and it was genuine.
    This was me every month until my hysterectomy 14 years ago. Even as a teen I missed days off school.

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    I think it's entirely possible to need to take a day off per month for problems associated with AF.

    But given the facts provided (the employee taking off only Mondays) I'd be pretty sus about the situation.

    Have any medical certificates been provided?


 

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