A project by Column Five

Are you in the know about nature’s flow?

It’s one of the most natural things in the world and a huge aspect of women’s health, yet there’s so much we don’t know about periods. Women menstruate monthly for about 40 years—close to 500 times in a lifetime—yet the topic’s enduring taboo status leaves most of us medically and socially in the dark. Without any real education, we’re left with false assumptions, gross misunderstandings, and comically ridiculous guesses that do our women and our culture a disservice. It’s time we take this taboo off the shelf and proudly walk it to the register.