When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.
Although coded language might make it easier for people to talk about menstruation, it may also reinforce the stigma attached to a natural process.
Moon cups, reusable pads and period panties are all alternatives to disposable pads and tampons, but they may not work for everyone.
The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?
The Kwazulu-Natal education department has set aside R50-million to fund the distribution of pads to schools in the four lowest quintiles.