Free Flow Fact File
The typical age that periods start is between 10-13 but it’s not unusual if it begins as early as 8 or as late as
Periods tend to last for 3-7 days about once a month (every 4-5 weeks), but this varies from person to
person. In the first few years of having your period, your cycle tends to vary in terms of the lengths of days
and how often you get your period.
Period poverty refers to the lack of knowledge and resources that are experienced in many countries and
cultures when it comes to periods.
In India, an estimated 70% of all reproductive diseases are caused by poor menstrual hygiene.
In India, 71% of young girls are unaware of menstrual health until after their first period.
On average, girls miss six days of class each month due to shame surrounding their periods or a lack of
sanitary products. This contributes to the 23% drop out rate of girls each year in India.
The average person loses between 1-6 tablespoons of blood during each period. It can be thin or clumpy,
and can vary in color from dark red to brown or pink.
When on your period, you can use pads (reusable or non reusable), tampons and menstrual cups and the
regularity of how often you change them throughout the day should depend on how heavy your period is.
Many people experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome) before or during their periods which have
emotional and physical symptoms including moodiness, sadness, anxiety, bloating, and acne. These
symptoms are completely normal to experience and tend to go away after the first few days of a period.
Along with PMS, it is very common for periods to cause cramps (back pains and stomach aches) and
headaches. These pains can be reduced by taking Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or applying a hot water bottle to
It is normal for your first period to only last a couple of days and for your flow to be light.
Your hairs will grow during puberty - armpits, genitals, and it may get darker on your arms and legs.
Having sex whilst on your period does not stop you from getting pregant, the chances are slim but it is not
Anaemia occurs when there is an iron deficiency, a problem that is often caused by heavy periods, and
symptoms include tiredness, shortness of breath and heart palpitations.
OUR MISSION IS TO SELL
REUSABLE SANITARY PADS
IN ORDER TO EDUCATE COMMUNITIES IN INDIA
ABOUT MENSTRUAL HEALTH
AS WELL AS PROVIDING THEM WITH FREE PADS IN A STEP
TO ERADICATE PERIOD POVERTY
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