Nearly half (48 %) of girls aged 14-21 in the UK are embarrassed by their periods.
A survey commissioned by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, exposed the impact that stigmas, shame and silence around periods are having on the lives of teenage girls in the UK.
1000 girls aged 14-21 were asked about their experiences of menstruation, with one in seven girls admitting that they did not know what was happening when they started their period. More than a quarter reported that they did not know what to do when they started their period.
Of those surveyed:
Only 22% of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their teacher.
Less than a quarter of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their male friends.
Only 29% of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their fathers.
82% of girls admitted they have hidden or concealed their sanitary products.
71% of girls admitted that they have felt embarrassed buying sanitary products.
59% of girls revealed that they had received negative remarks about their perceived behaviour and mood whilst on their period and one in ten had been asked not to talk about their periods in front of their mother or father.
The research was conducted online by Opinium Research amongst a representative sample of 1,000 14-21 year olds in the UK in August 2017