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Menstruation: Let's stop the myths

Menstruation: Let's stop the myths

The average woman menstruates for 3,000 days during her life time. Since menstruation is such a big part of a woman’s life you’d expect menstruation to be considered normal and natural. But this really isn’t the case for millions of women in developing nations.

Adolescent girls struggle to understand what’s happening to their bodies when they have their first period, with some even fearing death, and every day women and girls face stigma and taboos around menstruation. In communities in India, women and girls are not allowed to enter the kitchen or cook food during their period as some people believe it will cause food to go bad or rot.

Take a look at the infographic below and discover the stigma girls and women face every day just for having a period.

Menstruation myths infographic

Help us end the taboo – it’s #JustATampon

Support women and girls by taking a selfie with a tampon, texting TAMPON to 70007 to donate £3 to Plan International UK and share it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #JustATampon. Help us make people all around the world realise that menstruation is natural, normal and nothing to be ashamed of. 

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