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Period Chat

We spoke to some young women in the UK about what has changed since they started working with Irise to end period poverty and shame…


“The stigma surrounding menstruation meant I was too embarrassed to ask to go to the toilet at school, or even to ask my mum for more absorbent pads, meaning I used menstrual materials for longer than was healthy. As I’ve got older and particularly through my involvement with Irise, I have been able to dismantle this internalised stigma…Irise is the first community I have been a part of where I have felt completely open talking about periods; the supportive culture has provided me with an important safe space to break down my own internalised menstrual stigma.”


​“It has changed my attitudes towards my body…and in particular periods, massively. I have a totally new found confidence with it and I think I have learnt how to communicate with others to help produce this effect in them…inspiring a new generation and empowering people to speak about their bodies in a different way.


“I remember vividly being sat down in assembly at school and being terrified every month that i’d stand up with a stain on my skirt. I was so terrified that I was going to leak and people would talk about me behind my back that I couldn’t concentrate in lessons when on my period. I wouldn’t socialise as much and even felt embarrassed carrying my bag into the toilet. I’m working with Irise to fight the stigma and taboo around periods because if people were more open to talking about periods when I was at school I wouldn’t have been so worried! 

Join Sophie, Romany and Lizzie in the fight to end menstrual stigma within a generation through signing up to our Advocacy Network.

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