Is menstruation a conversational taboo in your culture? Studies show you might have fewer ways to say
Is menstruation a conversational taboo in your culture? Studies show you might have fewer ways to 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 was Bhekisisa's social media content producer and engagement officer.

She crafts Bhekisisa's social media and assists with website and online content. She helps organise media trainings, policy dialogues and you might not know it but she has probably been the one speaking to you if you've had a request or question about Bhekisisa.

De Villiers 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.