Wellbeing of Women

Let's Talk Periods: Tackling the Stigma

We want to improve information and education on period problems to raise awareness, normalise conversations, overcome stigma and improve the health of women and girls. 49% of girls have missed a day of school because of their period and 1 in 3 women suffer from heavy bleeding. Women can wait 7.5 years for a diagnosis of endometriosis. We want this to change.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (239281)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,253

Donations

42

Championed by The Big Give Trust (Champion)

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

    Helping

  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Periods are still shrouded in stigma and taboo leading women and girls to feel embarrassed to talk openly about their menstrual cycle and any issues they may be having. There is poor awareness of period problems, due to a lack of accurate information and education across society, which leads to this stigma and other problems. This creates barriers for women and girls when they try to access healthcare and support for conditions that can cause excessive pain, heavy bleeding and irregular periods.

Solution

Women and girls need trustworthy and reliable information that empowers them and there needs to be greater education and awareness on menstrual health across society. We can help to solve this problem through a digital transformation, by creating an online ‘hub’ on women’s health. This will be a source of information, developed by our medical experts, and will signpost to specialist resources and support groups. This will be used in our campaigns and communications activities. We aim to build on our current digital resources, creating accessible information to reach more women from all demographics, including those from ethnic backgrounds.

  • I remember pain, from the very first day I had a period. When I reached my teen years, my periods were accompanied by vomiting. It got to a point where every month I was in the hospital. I happened to go into A&E one night and a doctor said: ‘Let’s try and find out what this is. This is not normal.’

    — Kat Francois, personal trainer and advocate for women’s health

  • Women are struggling to get the right information about their menstrual health and have their needs met. It’s important that menstrual health discussions are normalised, we need to be talking about periods more, among our friends and families and especially with our doctors.

    — Dr Varsha Jain - doctor of obstetrics and gynaecology

  • I had periods that pushed me to the brink of insanity

    — Kat Francois, personal trainer and advocate for women’s health