Let’s Talk About Periods

Although more than 800 million people around the world have their period on any given day, periods can still be hard to talk about openly.1 It’s important to recognize red flags when it comes to your period and uterine health.

Your Uterine Health Guide is here to help you better understand it all.

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Your Period Health

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Understand your period and how to talk about it.

Periods are different for everyone. There is a lot of misunderstanding around what is a “normal” period. Along with period stigma, or taboo, this can make it hard to know when something isn’t right.4 Heavy, painful periods could be a sign of a health problem.

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Flag Your Flow

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Learn when to flag your flow and what it might mean for your health.

Have questions about uterine health? Uterine health conditions affect many people and can cause problems with your period. About 7 out of 10 women (70%) in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine fibroids by the time they reach menopause, and about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age (10%) are affected by endometriosis.6,7,8

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Talk to Your Healthcare Provider

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Talk to Your Healthcare Provider

Check out these lists of useful questions.

Talking about periods can be hard. A recent survey showed that 1 in 5 women (20%) often don’t feel comfortable discussing menstrual health with their healthcare providers.4 Let’s fight period stigma—it’s time to speak up.


Find Support in
Your Community

Find Support in
Your Community

Find out more about periods and uterine health from patient advocacy organizations.

Patient advocacy organizations in this space have created resources to educate the public about periods and support women and menstruators. Learn about what these organizations are doing to bring uterine health conditions to light.

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