Chinese province grants women leave for menstrual pain

Story highlights

  • Anhui province introduces new rule to allow women to take leave for severe menstrual pain
  • Experts say it probably wouldn't work for women who need them
  • High-profile women have drawn attention to the problem

Beijing (CNN)Each month, Shao Jinwen's lower abdomen throbs with a familiar, all-consuming pain.

It's a pain she's had to endure each month since she had her first period at age 13.
    When we meet in Starbucks in downtown Beijing on a cheerless, sub-zero winter day, the 24-year-old theater director is looking pale and has four heat pads stuck to her waist to ease the breath-taking cramps.
    Shao Jinwen has suffered from acute menstrual cramps since age 13.