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Do You Know Period Shaming An Unique Form Of Bullying?

Period shaming is so common that although at first it might not seem like it, it is a unique type of bullying. Being able to talk about periods without shame or fear of judgement is one of the most important steps towards creating a more inclusive, understanding society.

Who is Affected by Period Shaming?

Period shaming affects people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Men and boys can also be victims of period shaming if they don’t conform to the traditionally masculine ideal. It can also have a particularly acute impact on young people, who may be more likely to internalise the shame and stigma associated with menstruation.

The most vulnerable people are often those living in poverty or in countries where periods are heavily stigmatised. These people may not have access to menstrual products or education about periods, making them susceptible to period shaming. This in turn can lead to further health risks and socio-economic disadvantages.

Marvellous Tip: Period shaming can lead to tragic consequences. Jackline Chepngeno was period shamed by her female teacher. It was Jackline’s first period. She was publicly humiliated. Later that day, she took her own life.

Period shaming is not only damaging to those who experience it, but also to our society as a whole. It perpetuates the idea that periods should be hidden and not talked about, reinforcing the stigma associated with them. This can have serious psychological and physical consequences, such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. It can also contribute to a lack of access to menstrual products, leading to further health risks.

What is Period Shaming?

Period shaming is a unique form of bullying that targets people who menstruate. It is based on the idea that periods are “dirty” or “gross” and that those who experience them should feel embarrassed or ashamed.

It can take many forms, from subtle jokes to more overt teasing and even physical intimidation. It can also be found in the media, where people with periods are often portrayed in a negative light.

When Does Period Shaming Happen?

Period shaming can take many forms, from jokes and teasing to more overt forms of aggression. It can come from family members, peers or even media outlets. It can also take the form of subtle comments or body language. For example, if someone makes a comment about a young girl’s period in front of her friends, it may make her feel embarrassed or ashamed. Period shaming can also be used to control and oppress women, particularly in some cultures where periods are seen as a sign of weakness or inferiority.

48% of women feel embarrassed when they have their period.
48% of women feel embarrassed when they have their period.

Where Would Period Shaming Affect Me Physically & Mentally?

Period shaming can have serious physical and psychological consequences. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. It can also lead to a lack of access to menstrual products, leading to further health risks. Period shaming can also contribute to a culture of silence and stigma. This can have a detrimental effect on people’s ability to talk about their periods openly, as well as their overall sense of self-worth. This can further lead to feelings of isolation and a lack of support.

Why Does It Matter To Deal With Period Shaming?

The first step to educating others about period shaming is to make sure they understand the issue and its effects. It’s essential that people are made aware of the psychological and physical effects of period shaming and that there is a greater understanding of the biological process of menstruation. This can help to break down the stigma associated with periods. This can be done through resources, campaigns and initiatives that focus on period education and encourage open discussion.

It’s important to focus on creating an environment where people feel comfortable talking about their periods without judgement.

Illustration showing the items that some resort to using to attempt to keep themselves clean and dry, produced for Every Month Manchester #100days campaign
Illustration showing the items that some resort to using to attempt to keep themselves clean and dry, produced for Every Month Manchester #100days campaign

Another important step is to ensure people have access to the menstrual products they need. This can be done through lobbying for free products in schools and workplaces, donating products to those living in poverty and raising awareness of the issue. It’s also important to remember that it’s not just about changing attitudes, but also taking practical steps to make sure people have access to the products they need.

Tips for Educating Others on Period Shaming

Openly Discuss Your Period

One of the quickest ways to remove the stigma associated with menstruation is to have open and honest conversations about it. 

We can generate a sense of harmony among people with periods by opening up about our bodies, how we feel during our periods and the obstacles we experience.

You may believe that what you experience during your period is unique to you, but if you open yourself up to discussing it with friends, family and your doctor, you will discover that you’re not alone.


Learning more about the full period process is one of the most effective methods to end period shaming. 

Learn about the signs and symptoms of PMS, the different phases of menstruation, and the hormones that change throughout your cycle. 

It will be a lot easier to educate people who wish to cast doubt on you if you are armed with facts.


Menstruation has over 5,000 euphemisms over the world, according to studies. We remove some of the secrets by calling it what it is – a period or menstruation.

You shouldn’t be ashamed of having a period, and adopting nicknames merely confirms what we’ve been taught – that periods aren’t to be discussed.


Leaks are unavoidable. It is very easy to feel embarrassed when they happen. The best thing you can do (for yourself and for everyone else) to help end period shaming is to not make a big deal out of it.

Laugh it off, wipe up your blood and get on with life. If we react with awkwardness , we are reinforcing the social stigma that having a period is embarrassing.

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