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Period Stigma Around the World Today

Despite increasing attention and advocacy, periods remain a taboo topic. Always, WASH United and Glocalities surveyed adults and young people from five countries to assess period stigma today.

Periods are associated with negative feelings from an early age, despite being a normal bodily function.

When getting their first period, young people feel:1







Of the countries surveyed, the UK is in the top 3 for having negative feelings towards their periods or hiding their periods.4

Feeling about period survey chart

Period conversations are a challenge.

When people talk about periods, it’s often done in a negative way.

Period education is key, and mums and teachers are the most influential resources.1 But not everyone is prepared to teach their kids about periods.4

Young people learn about period from mums

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  1. SurveyMonkey, 2020. Quantitative survey of young people 13–21 yrs in Canada, UK, US. n=4,147.
  2. Research Now, 2017. Quantitative survey of females 16–24 yrs in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Turkey, UK, US. n=9,289.
  3. Research Now, 2014. Quantitative survey of females 16–24 yrs in US. n=1,300.
  4. Glocalities, 2020. Quantitative survey of adults 18–70 yrs in Canada, China, Russia, UK, US. n=5,139.
  5. Glocalities, 2019. Quantitative survey of adults 18–70 yrs, Global. n=30,057.

For both Glocalities studies: Data is nationally representative with respect to age (18–70) by gender, region and education (low & mid-levels of education are combined for China only)