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What are Periods Called in Other Countries?

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Girls all over the world have secret code words for their periods! Learn what phrases are used to talk about menstruation in other countries, and remember: puberty is totally normal, everywhere.

  • Brazil: “I’m on my days.” (Naqueles días.)
  • China: “Big aunt is visiting!” (大姨妈来访.)
  • France: "Thinga-ma-jig." (Les machins.)
  • Germany: “I have my days.” (Ich hab meine Tage.)
  • India: “Chums.”
  • Japan: “Little strawberry.”(いちごちゃん.)
  • Mexico: “Andres has arrived.” (Llegó Andres.)
  • Russia: “Little Red Riding Hood is coming.”(Красная шапочка.)
  • United Kingdom: “Riding the crimson wave.”
  • United States of America: “Aunt Flo is visiting.”

What code words and phrases do you use when talking about your periods?