The menstrual cycle has long been a taboo subject in societies around the world.

This has resulted in a widespread culture of menstruating staff being afraid of the consequences of being open about their menstrual symptoms and needs in the workplace, in case of being deemed weaker or less employable than other employees. The suppression of the menstrual cycle in the workplace has meant that menstruating staff experience shame and unnecessary suffering (including endometriosis, dysmenorrhea) whilst their colleagues may feel uncomfortable to address the topic and/or offer support. 

As former People Development Manager (PDM), of Coexist, and as someone who herself has suffered with dysmenorrhea for over 25 years, Bex is working with Coexist pioneering the idea of a menstrual policy to support menstruating staff. 

More information on the Period Policy at Coexist can be found here: https://www.hamiltonhouse.org/coexist-pioneering-period-policy/

Bringing more awareness to the cycle actually helps to minimise the adverse effects experienced, which, in time supports the employee and therefore the company.

Bex has been invited to talk at an upcoming TedX event in Bristol; 'TEDxBristol: Dare to Disrupt' 

Click here to see the event on facebook

"TEDxBristol: Dare To Disrupt returns to Colston Hall with two jam-packed days of inspirational talks, break-out workshops and ideas that could change the world. This is your chance to watch the talks being recorded live, meet the speakers, and share your daring ideas. Each day has a distinct theme, and so a two day package or single day tickets are on sale now via Colston Hall. 

Thurs 2nd November: Disruptive Bodies ~ Disruptive Minds - From physical bodies that don’t look or work the way they are ‘supposed to’ to new or controversial ways of thinking, dreaming and challenging: these are personal stories of positive disruption.

Fri 3rd November - Disruptive Innovation ~ Disruptive Planet - Speakers will share more public and collaborative stories and will argue that some of the world’s biggest and most urgent challenges can only be tackled by collective action and disrupting at scale."

https://tedxbristol.com/