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.
Roxy de Villiers was Bhekisisa's social media content producer and engagement officer from 2018 to 2019.