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#Next100Years: A Bloody Novel Way to Tackle Period Poverty

I remember fighting with my Nana when I first got my period. Not just because I was hormonal as f*ck, but because she kept insisting that I use pads when I was determined to try tampons! Despite our monthly bickering, I was lucky. Bloody lucky. I was young, but still fortunate …

1p Tampons and Other Myths About Period Poverty

Recently I have been thinking about how to engage people who don’t menstruate — namely cis men — into reducing period poverty and the taboos existing around menstruation. I have successfully detached my male friends from the “periods are gross” trope, but I realise that many non-menstruating people have no …

“Periods Are Dirty”, and Other Period Myths Busted

When I first started my period, aged 11, I didn’t really know what was happening. I knew that the blood in my underwear was my period and I’d heard of tampons and pads before, but other than that I was pretty clueless. The information I was eventually given didn’t help …

A New Period in My Life: Coming off the Pill

I first started having periods when I was eleven. I remember my first period clearly: I was on holiday in Wales with my family and best friend, I was wearing bright pink knickers, and although I vaguely knew what was going on I was too confused and embarrassed to tell …

How Becoming Period Positive Has Transformed My Life

I didn’t discover the period positivity movement until around 2015, even though I had been period positive since I was a teenager. I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment I decided to change my mindset; it’s like one day I woke up and just got sick of all the patriarchal bullsh*t …

Period Sex: How to Navigate it (If You Want to)

I recently read an article that discussed whether period sex is okay for a first-time hookup or not. The article asked both men and women, but was honestly kind of confusing. There was no real conclusion, the author just collected people’s opinions. I guess it was an interesting read, but with a …

I Talked to My Mum About Periods So You Don’t Have to

A few months after I got my very first period, my grandmother told me to be very careful not to sleep without underwear on–because snakes know when you have periods, and they like crawling ‘up there’. It took me a while to stop being absolutely horrified by this idea and …