You don't have to accept severe period pain or heavy bleeding. Join the "Just a Period" campaign

"Just a Period"

Millions of women, girls and people who menstruate suffer with severe period pain and heavy bleeding that disrupts their lives.

Instead of getting the treatment and support they desperately need, they’re often dismissed and told it’s “Just a period”.

Almost all (97%) of the girls we surveyed experience painful periods, with over 42% experiencing severe pain. The impact on their lives is significant. 20% of girls said their period leaves them ‘bed-bound’ and unable to do anything, and 11% of girls said their period makes them feel like life isn’t worth living.

59% of women and girls have taken time off school/college/university in relation to their period.

This is unacceptable. 

Nobody should suffer from period symptoms holding them back.

We want to educate and empower girls and women to be in control of their menstrual health from their first period to their last. By knowing what a ‘normal period’ is, they can recognise when they need more help and have the confidence to advocate for their care. 82% of the women and girls we surveyed agreed that there needs to be more accurate and accessible information available on periods.

We would like to see:

  • Better menstrual health education in schools, with interactive workshops and peer support groups that are age appropriate, informative and include all pupils.
  • A public health campaign on menstrual health and period problems for teens and young women, with a focus on reaching and supporting women from deprived and marginalised communities.
  • Girls and women routinely asked about their periods when seen by health care professionals at existing touchpoints, such as vaccinations, contraceptive advice and general health checks.
  • More funding for menstrual health research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of period problems and other gynaecological conditions.

We want to ensure that menstrual health never prevents girls and women from reaching their potential and enables them to thrive.

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Sign the petition for government action on periods

Together, let’s stop periods holding us back.

Periods information hub

Learn about your period and whether your symptoms could be signs of a gynaecological condition. Learn about treatment options, self-care tips, and how to get help.

Watch our webinars with medical experts, and sign up for updates.

Women's voices

Watch videos and read about women's experiences of severe period pain, heavy bleeding, and irregular cycles. Find out how they were diagnosed with endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids or PCOS.

Periods and work

A recent CIPD survey showed that two-thirds of women experience a negative impact at work due to menstruation symptoms and more than half had been unable to go into work at some point due to their symptoms.

We’re calling for all workplaces to adopt a women’s health policy to help employees deal with menstruation and the menopause whilst at work. Join our campaign now and we’ll keep you informed about our next steps for progress on periods at work.

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Our research

We are the only UK charity funding pioneering research across all of women’s gynaecological and reproductive health. We have funded over £68million into finding new tests, treatments and cures since 1964.


You can help to stamp out period taboo, shame and symptom dismissal by donating today.

Your donation could help to fund:

  • campaigns for better menstrual health education, research and healthcare
  • accurate information and support to equip women with the knowledge and tools to seek help and tackle dismissal.
  • faster diagnosis and treatment for conditions such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS and fibroids.

Together let’s ensure period dignity for all.

Ambassador roundtable

We have a fantastic team of celebrities, MPs, advisors, gynaecologists and researchers supporting our campaign. Watch the roundtable to hear why they're passionate about periods. Hosted by our chair Professor Dame Lesley Regan.

Bayer PLC, Besins Healthcare, Gedeon Richter, GSK, Hologic, and Theramex have contributed funding towards this campaign. They have not been involved in its development in any form.