Social Impact

Tackling isolation from the workplace

Our social mission is to reduce the risks of isolation from the workplace for women affected by chronic & painful reproductive health conditions.

Feminine Vitae™ empowers women affected by chronic reproductive health conditions to achieve their full potential by promoting their employability and actively seeking to employ them.

Women’s Reproductive Health is a Public Health Issue- Public Health England (2018)

With 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, 1 in 5 women experienced heavy menstrual bleeding, 1 in 7 experience infertility and 1 in 4 women in the workplace are affected by menopause symptoms, noting that most women experience debilitating symptoms, women’s reproductive health is undeniably a public health issue.

Employment challenges

According to the Shaw Trust, 95% of recruitment agencies say that companies are fearful of hiring candidates with a physical impairment. The problem is that women affected by reproductive health issues would often lose their jobs because of the difficulties that employers face to accommodate work around their conditions.

Another concern relates to women for whom the impairment is temporary or cyclical rather than permanent. Women with chronic conditions related to the reproductive system often notice that the debilitating symptoms occur at certain periods of their menstrual or menopause phases. Losing their employment means that these women find themselves in precarious situations which engenders additional costs to society.

Feminine Vitae™ empowers women affected by chronic reproductive health conditions to achieve their full potential by promoting their employability.

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Baroness King of Bow, 2015, Oona King on endometriosis

Fourquet et al, 2011, Patients’ report on how endometriosis affects health, work, and daily life

Government Equalities Office, 2017, Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation

Public Health England, 2018, Reproductive health: what women say

Soliman et al, 2017, The Effect of Endometriosis Symptoms on Absenteeism and Presenteeism in the Workplace and at Home

Women’s Reproductive health Graphic design by Justine Le Joncour


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