The ‘Culture of Silence’ Around Periods Is Putting Girls’ Lives at Risk

A new report reveals how taboos around menstruation and other forms of vaginal bleeding endangers the health of women and girls around the world. In recent years, advocates in the US and abroad have come out in full force for period positivity, working to destigmatize menstruation by pushing legislators to abolish taxes on feminine hygiene products or to provide free pads or tampons in public schools. However, we still have a long way to go. A new report in BMJ Global Health reveals how the global “culture of silence” around…

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