Home Health 1 in 3 women have been humiliated because of their period

1 in 3 women have been humiliated because of their period

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Periods can be painful in many ways. A study conducted by theIfop for the brand Intima in May 2021, and currently relayed by several media, reveals that nearly one in three women (33%) have already been teased or degraded during their period (source 1). As if this time wasn’t bad enough already.

“Hide this blood that I cannot see”

The survey brings together the testimonies of 1,010 women aged 15 to 49. To the question “During your life, have you ever been the subject of teasing or derogatory remarks because of your period (e.g. mood, stains, fatigue, etc.) ?”, 33% of them answered “yes”.

  • 21% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from their spouse/partner ;
  • 16% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from a friend ;
  • 15% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from a friend ;
  • 14% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from a female relative ;
  • 13% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from a relative ;
  • 11% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon at work, from their manager or colleagues ;
  • 7% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked upon from a teacher ;
  • and 6% of women surveyed say they have been teased or remarked from a medical staff member.
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Furthermore, 46% of them have already felt that the discomfort or pain of their period was underestimated by their male friends, and 42% by male family members.

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Very real social consequences

This kind of behavior reinforces the shame some women feel during their period. For example, 83% of women surveyed say they hide their sanitary protection when they go to change in a public place.

Many women choose to review their plans during this period:

“It appears that the rules still remain today a factor of social exclusion due to their invisibilization and the stigmatizing nature of the latter“, indicate the authors of the study. It is therefore essential to continue to deconstruct prejudices!

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