I featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ to discuss period pain and menstrual leave.

I had the exciting opportunity to appear on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ program yesterday as part of a feature about period pain and menstrual leave. I will not stop until the whole world knows about my terrible uterus 🙂 If you are in the UK you can watch the clip back here.

Me at ITV
It was such a fun morning, and everyone at ITV was super welcoming which helped to settle my nerves. I had an excellent time and was really pleased to raise a little bit more awareness about menstrual problems. I know some people were disappointed that the feature wasn’t about endo and/or adeno specifically, but at least with myself as the ‘case study’ the issue was raised, it might not have been otherwise. Hopefully the feature will have been enough to raise some alarm bells for women at home who are experiencing similar symptoms with their periods but haven’t got a diagnosis. We have to celebrate the little wins as well as big ones when it comes to raising awareness.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the feature, as well as your experiences of managing periods while working or of menstrual leave. Have you had to take time off for your periods? Do you think a menstrual leave policy would help?


5 thoughts on “I featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ to discuss period pain and menstrual leave.

  1. Hi there how are you?
    I came across your article.
    We are opening a panel discussion on the same issue on 20th of September. The discussion will be online and within Indian NGOs “GirlUp” & “Enactus”.
    Please email me we’d be happy to have you as a Guest Speaker for the same.
    My Email Id is 19inboxmenow@gmail.com


  2. Hi Claire,
    So much of your story reflects my own. I’m 45 yrs old and have suffered pain since my first period at the age of 14. I Went undiagnosed for 31 years. Doctors didn’t take my pain seriously and most thought that it was all in my head. In my early 20s i started getting random pain in my left shoulder tip radiating into my neck and side of head. Years later it became a common feature of my every day life. I couldn’t work, drive or barley function. I ended up in hospital countless times, put on morphine for the pain only to be discharged days later with no diagnosis. In the end it took years of myself searching the Internet to make my own diagnosis. Since then I’ve contacted a wonderful surgeon in Birmingham. Mr Chris Mann. And I’m now awaiting a surgery date to remove endo from all pelvis, bladder and most importantly my diaphragm. It’s been a long road so far. But I feel lucky, I have a diagnosis and I can work with that. Let people never tell you that having children in the future is out of the question. My husband and myself tried to conceive for eight years. After suffering a miscarriage at 8 wks, I had my tubes flushed ( not actually the medical term for this) and within 4 months I was pregnant. Now I have 3 kids. Two boys 8 and 9 yrs old. And a little girl aged 6. Life is good. And it can only get better:-)


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