Shame doesn't start when menstruation begins. It is built in slow steps.
A ‘freebleeding’ marathon runner, a zine celebrating periods and the #JustATampon campaign: women are fighting back against the need to be discreet.
Reusable sanitary towels are cheaper than regular pads and tampons but the state is failing to distribute these to schoolgirls from poor families.
Many women suffer from menstrual cramps extreme enough to confine them to bed, but treatment is available that can provide effective relief.
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.