Periods are something women and girls have been having for thousands of years – it’s the reason you and I are even here.
And yet around the world, there’s still an particle of shame associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Menstruation is linked with smells, mess, blood, gore, impurity and disgust, hate, love,hunger,happy, sad and a lot of mood swings.
This leads to women suffering in silence and hiding away from what some deem a “dirty secret”.
This is in part why a recent report has called for boys, as well as girls, to learn about periods and the menstrual Cycle in schools.
In a recent survey in England, discussing menstruation is technically part of the curriculum for science. Despite this, though, mostly 15% of young people said they were taught nothing at school about menstruation
And for many girls, this lack of support in the classroom and many women feel ashamed around in offices can lead to feelings of shame around the whole subject.
Some girls are even missing school because they cannot afford sanitary products.
This all conditions goes away beyond embarrasment ot bullying it so far.
While the idea of tackling this head on and talking to boys in schools, young men in colleges and offices sounds good in practice, but its actually tough to do.
From my experience as an health worker it is difficult to discuss sensitive issues such as menstruation with boys and young men.