Menstruation by any other name: The more than 5000 ways we say ‘period’

Shark Week. Usenyangeni. Taking time off. People who menstruate — and those who don’t — have come up with a plethora of ways to, well, say someone’s on their period.

More than 5 000 euphemisms exist for menstruation in 190 different countries, period app  Clue found in a 2015 survey. As part of the study, the period-tracking programme asked app users a series of questions about how open they felt about discussing menstruation. About 90 000 people responded to the survey. 

#PeriodTalk.

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Roxy de Villiers
Roxy de Villiers was the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism social media content producer and engagement officer. She believes the personal is political and has an interest in reporting on queer health issues. She honed her skills in community media and has also worked with the Rosebank-based community radio station, Radio Today, as a guest newsreader.

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