Despite roughly half the global population menstruating, it is still at large, a taboo topic.
By existence, the taboo perpetuates a negative cycle; that is an inability to speak openly about menstrual health contributing towards the normalisation of “not normal” experiences, which, as a result, feeds back into a lack of conversation. The result of this cycle, in extreme cases, is missed diagnoses of chronic menstrual conditions including endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.
the role of education
Education plays a key role in abolishing stigma and tackling taboo.
Yet, investigation of Australian compulsory school education reveals integral gaps and a lack of focus addressing menstrual health topics in this setting. This means young people are exiting high school and entering adulthood with a lack of knowledge on menstrual experiences at both individual and collective levels.
of high school graduates believe their PDHPE lessons on menstrual health topics were ineffective
of high school students wish school content covered the difference between normal and not normal menstrual symptoms
our goals for change
peried's goal is to dismantle, de-stigmatise and deconstruct the menstrual taboo to elevate conversations and education around young people’s menstrual experiences.
It is through our educational website and wider social media networks that we seek to create ripple effects within this ecosystem to ensure menstrual health is no longer a taboo, but something widely understood and appreciated.