From helping friends insert tampons to panicky confessions on first dates, people have been sharing stories about periods on social media.Read more
Woman campaigns for eco-friendly menstrual products in fight against plastic pollution.
Some are using potentially harmful contraceptive injections, offered free, to control their periods.
A mother and daughter on Teesside are working together to tackle period poverty in a sustainable way.
Period of Change design and make their own resuable sanitary products for women across the region who are unable to access them.
Ruth Alexander and daughter Sophie give out their washable sanitary towels and moon cups at food and clothes banks.
A donated cup could last a girl 10 years - so why is Ebby Weyime facing resistance?
Kenya is a pioneer when it comes to menstrual health management in Africa, being the first country in the region to give all schoolgirls free sanitary towels. But local menstrual health educator Ebby Weyime thinks that a one-time donation of a menstrual cup would be cheaper long term - and that a reusable product would relieve the pressures of single-use products that damage the environment. She’s developed her own menstrual cup which she sells and donates locally – but to spread the word, she has to first tackle cultural taboo around virginity and menstruation. Producer: Sophia Smith Galer
Menstrual cups are "as reliable as tampons", a new scientific review has shown.
The research, published in The Lancet Public Health, looked at 43 studies involving more than 3,000 women and girls in rich and poor countries.
It found that menstrual cups are just as leak-proof as tampons and because they are reusable, are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Researchers believe that making menstrual cups available globally could help tackle period poverty and health problems such as infections, even where water and toilet facilities are poor.
An organisation in Malawi has already started giving out menstrual cups to girls which has improved their school attendance.