SPECIAL REPORT: Are we free to bleed?

[WATCH] Face your fear: Inside life with a menstrual cup in less than three minutes

Bleeding every month is a costly affair. Pads and tampons cost a person R40 000 in their lifetime. Here’s a way to get round the price.


[LISTEN] Clueless about your period? There are consequences

It may come round every month, but a lot of us still don’t know how our menstrual cycle works, says reproductive health doctor, Tlaleng Mofokeng.


What do your period and bananas have in common? Find out

In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels


Why some people may not be over the moon about menstrual cups

Moon cups, reusable pads and period panties are all alternatives to disposable pads and tampons, but they may not work for everyone.


Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your period

When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.


How your period could be messing with your mental health

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosable mental health condition. Never heard of it? You’re not alone.


#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads

Pontsho Pilane

Choosing between eating and bleeding through your school uniform comes at a cost.


Free pads: ’KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their periods’

Pontsho Pilane

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what’s stopping a national roll-out?


When it’s not just PMS: Could your period be affecting your mental health?

Joan van Dyk

Science could be closer to unravelling the riddle of menstruation-related mood disorders


‘If government can give us flavoured condoms, it can give us free pads’

Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.


Why treasury won’t support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.


Tampon tax: What’s the big deal?

Why are people who menstruate forced to spend at least R40 000 on sanitary products in their lifetime?


Free pads versus free condoms: Why we can’t afford this debate

Pontsho Pilane

Why the debate misses the very gendered point in a country where people with uteruses remain disproportionally affected by HIV.


Data does not support the claim that 1 in 10 African girls miss school because of menstruation

Kate Wilkinson

A number of small studies have been conducted in African countries on the effect of menstruation on girls’ school attendance.


Washable pads have the potential to bring dignity to all women

Persomé Oliphant

Reusable sanitary towels are cheaper than regular pads and tampons but the state is failing to distribute these to schoolgirls from poor families.


Period pains can be debilitating, but they can also be treated

Phyllis Mbanje

Many women suffer from menstrual cramps extreme enough to confine them to bed, but treatment is available that can provide effective relief.


A guide to alternative menstruation: Save money and the world during your period

Pontsho Pilane

When ’that time of the month’ comes, you don’t have to reach for disposable tampons or pads.