More than “women’s issues:" Women’s reproductive and gynaecological health and work

More Than “Women’s Issues": Women’s Reproductive and Gynaecological Health and Work

    This article will review areas of women’s reproductive and gynaecological health, and shine light on what those mean in terms of the workplace.
    • Overview

      This paper focuses on challenges specific to female health, which have similar implications as neurological issues on women’s health and involvement in the workforce.

      The role of women in pregnancy and post-natal care is often part of the discourse around work and inequality; the motherhood pay penalty is well known, and taking time out of the labour market to have children is key to the sharp increase in the gender pay gap from the age of 40. However, women’s reproductive and gynaecological health burdens in regards to work do not end there – indeed, there are challenges irrespective of whether one has children.

      In this paper we shed a light on the less talked about factors of female reproductive and gynaecological health which present challenges to working, all of which are under-recognised in the current debate. Indeed, despite affecting half of the population, these issues are rarely discussed out loud – women’s reproductive and gynaecological health is replete with whispered conversations and euphemisms.

      It’s time this changed.

    • Commercial Support

      This paper was produced by The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit.

      The Unit is supported financially by grants from the British Safety Council and Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited, full editorial control of its outputs is retained by the Work Foundation.

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