menstrual cycles

#FreeToBleed: 'A pool of blood gushed down my thighs. My white socks were red.'

Pontsho Pilane

Shame doesn't start when menstruation begins. It is built in slow steps.

Menstruation revolution: ‘Donald Trump is going to bloody love it’

Chitra Ramaswamy

A ‘freebleeding’ marathon runner, a zine celebrating periods and the #JustATampon campaign: women are fighting back against the need to be discreet.

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.

No tampons. Period

Staff Reporter

In an ideal world it might be bliss to spend a week each month alone. But real-life commitments take no heed of 28-day cycles.