Just 9% of respondents would feel comfortable speaking to their boss about their period pain, according to research by YouGov and the BBC.
The study, which surveyed 1,078 UK women, also found that 52% of respondents find that period pain affects their ability to work.
The research also found:
- 27% of respondents have told their employer that their ability to work has been affected by period pain, and 31% have given another reason.
- 54% of respondents would rather tell their employer they were suffering from a headache or migraine than from period pain.
- 32% of respondents believe that period pain has affected their concentration at work.
- 16% of respondents have had to take a day or more off work because of period pain, and 17% have had to take a short break away from their desks because of the pain.