As a woman which has known the pangs of severe period pain, my heart skipped a beat when I heard that Italy is thinking about bringing in menstrual leave. Just a few weeks before this the news reported that doctors have finally recognised period pain is sometimes as bad as a heart attack. But, not everyone thinks menstrual leave is great. In fact, some of the biggest nay-sayers are women themselves.
Today is the first day of my cycle, I'm bleeding, and it's full moon.
Although I don't find the moon makes me feel perceptibly different, I know some people do. The full moon has an erratic energy to it. It makes us feel energised, passionate, perhaps even hysterical.
I can't tell you how happy I was to see this is a trend for 2017. People like Lisa Lister, Alexandra Pope, Miranda Gray, Lara Briden and Holly Griggs-Spall are leading the way. But what do they mean by menstrual realness?