Periods are part and parcel of everyday lives.

We want you to talk loud and proud about periods. By being Period Proud, you're supporting women and girls everywhere who don’t have the privacy, safety and dignity they deserve during their periods.

Start the menstruation conversation

Share our #PeriodProud statement on your social media channels:

Ever had a burning question about periods? Ever heard a period myth that made you scoff? Now's the time to say it loud and proud.

Use our generator to make a personalised #PeriodProud graphic to share.

Why WaterAid cares about periods

Globally, every day, around 288 million people are on their period. Yet one in three don’t have a toilet to use during menstruation.

No one talks about why teenage girls drop out of school when they start their periods, which is often because there are no toilets. This silence prevents debate about the importance of toilets and water facilities in schools. Men and boys need to be part of the conversation too, to ensure real change happens.

Our research into attitudes and behaviours around periods in South Asia found that:

In India, 52% of girls don't get any information about periods before they start menstruating.

(LSTH et al, 2016)

70% of girls in Afghanistan don't bathe when menstruating, for fear of becoming infertile.

(UNICEF, 2015)

During their period, 68% of girls in Bangladesh avoid being around men and boys.

(PSI, 2017)

We can help reduce these numbers. The first step is to break the silence, start talking and be #PeriodProud.

In partnership with mumsnet.com

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If men had periods...

Around half the population will never know what it's like to have a period. Our If Men Had Periods videos imagine what the world would be like if they did.

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Breaking the bloody taboos around menstruation

Margaret Batty, WaterAid's Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, dares us to start talking more openly about periods.

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When your period means you have to live in a shed

Journalist Rose George reports on the impact of menstrual taboos on women and girls in Nepal.

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Sofia Helin: it's time to break the silence on periods

Sofia Helin, WaterAid ambassador and star of The Bridge, isn't afraid of telling people about her period.