Samantha Streibl

Taboos and Period Poverty, a Silent Epidemic

Photo: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

Globally, ‘menstruation,’ vagina’ and ‘period’ are words and topics that are spoken about in whispers. This is often followed by a quick side glance to see who’s around before quickly letting a friend know about the pain you’re in or asking if someone has a spare pad. Most of us who menstruate have at some point put a pad or tampon up our sleeve on the walk to the office bathroom, afraid that someone might find out we are experiencing one of the most natural bodily processes.