A project by Column Five

Menstruation is a largely unmentionable experience, a taboo subject that can leave those experiencing it feeling embarrassed and ashamed while bystanders are confused and uncomfortable. But why?

With a global population that is majority women, why is something that is a reality for more than half the world so misunderstood and off-limits?

In this interactive we explore what factors have contributed to the silence surrounding periods and how this lack of discussion and understanding directly impacts the health and quality of life for menstruating people.

People for Periods was produced by a team of creative men and women at Column Five who want to break the stigma around menstruation. We believe that even if you're not a person with a period, you can still be a person who advocates for healthy, happy, shame-free periods.