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Productivity loss due to menstruation-related symptoms: a nationwide cross-sectional survey among 32 748 women
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    RE: Productivity loss due to menstruation-related symptoms

    Schoep et al. evaluated age-dependent productivity loss caused by menstruation-related symptoms, which were measured in absenteeism (time away from work or school) and presenteeism (productivity loss while present at work or school), in women aged 15-45 years (1). Odds ratio (95% CI) of women under 21 years with menstruation-related symptoms for absenteeism was 3.3 (3.1 to 3.6). In addition, menstruation-related symptoms caused a great deal of lost productivity, and presenteeism contributed to lost productivity larger than absenteeism. I present an interventional study regarding productivity loss and menstruation-related symptoms.

    Song and Kanaoka conducted a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of the application for menstrual management in female workers, aged 20-45 years (2). The incidences of depression and dysmenorrhea were significantly lower than those of the non-intervention group in the third month. Although labor productivity and absenteeism varied, and there was no significant change in presenteeism, the aggregate of medical expenses, productivity loss, and application fee for the intervention group presented lower costs with 1,170 USD per individual. They concluded that the application was cost-effective and might reduce the incidence of dysmenorrhea and depression. They reported that presenteeism did not improve by this application. As the incidences of depression and dysmenorrhea were quite low in their population, there is a ne...

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