At any one time, a quarter of women of reproductive age are menstruating. And yet, there is a still a great deal of confusion about how periods affect women’s lives.
For centuries, many cultures believed that a woman on her period was ‘impure’. This is complete nonsense, of course, but even today that belief lingers – along with countless other unhelpful rumours and myths.
Let’s be clear about this. There is nothing ‘dirty’ or ‘tainted’ about being on your period and nothing to stop you living your life as you see fit. As for the many misconceptions and half-truths you may have heard, let’s tackle them one by one.