Words like “I’ve got my period” can feel awkward to say, but because menstrual health is a taboo subject, women and girls are suffering. Research by Plan International UK shows that one in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear, and 48% are embarrassed talking about their periods.
This isn’t about not being able to afford branded products, in the UK the research shows some women and girls can’t afford even the cheapest products. There are other reasons too, that women and girls don’t have access to sanitary wear.
Women living in domestic abuse may have a partner who confiscates their sanitary wear as a means to control them and other females in the house. Because they are embarrassed to talk about it, these women and girls miss school or work.
Thankfully organisations like Red Box Project, Bloody Good Period and Street Cramps are working hard to break the stigma. If you or someone you know has been affected by Domestic Abuse, organisations like Refuge can also help.
Socially, we find different ways of saying that we’re experiencing our natural monthly cycle like “Aunt Flo is in town” or “I’ve got the decorator’s in”. It’s one of the reasons why I created a clothing range which focuses particularly on menstrual health, and aims to change the conversation – to help stop period shaming and end period poverty.
To view the clothing range – called Period Clothing – just click here. A percentage of profits from the featured range goes to some of the charities mentioned, and other causes we become aware of. You can also follow the conversation on social media at ‘Let’s Talk Lady Business™ on Facebook and Twitter.
Keep an eye on this page for more information on services for women’s health coming soon.
© Delphi Ellis 2019