Advertisement

Both sexes 'should be taught about periods together at school' - charity

Both sexes 'should be taught about periods together at school' - charity
From BBC - October 8, 2017

Boys and girls should be taught about periods at school, a charity says.

Plan International UK says not talking about it can be damaging and wants it to be discussed in class.

The charity has carried out a survey of 1,000 girls aged 14-21, which suggests almost half are embarrassed by periods.

"I think there is a stigma and taboo around periods," says Kerry Smith, head of girls' rights at Plan International UK. "Girls and boys are not being told about periods enough."

As well as being embarrassed by them, one in seven of the girls and women interviewed said they did not know what was happening when they first started their period.

Nina is 18 and a student. She was 12 when she first got her period.

"I just looked down and there was blood. I was freaking out."

Her mum gave her a sanitary towel but did not say much else.

"I put on the pad and thought, 'What if I am dying?'"

Innes, 18, says she struggled talking to her male friends.

"I was on my period and wanted to buy a sanitary towel and the boys found out. They started saying, 'We can smell the iron in the air.' I was dying in the corner."

Advertisement

Continue reading at BBC »