New research has revealed the huge variety of terms that women in different countries around the world use to describe their monthly cycle.
Conducted by The International Women’s Health Coalition and female health app Clue, the study questioned 90,000 women across 190 countries and found more than 5,000 pet names for periods emerged.
In the UK women call it: “Aunt Flo”, “the painters are in” and “Bloody Mary”….
Norwegians apparently might ask ‘How’s the volcano?’ when enquiring if a woman has her period while in the Ukraine it could be referred to it as wolf week.
In the USA, there’s also a huge variety of terms used including ‘Uncle Tom’, ‘Japan is attacking’, being ‘on the rag’, ‘the communist party’ and the ‘Red Sox are playing at home.’
A Canadian woman might reference the ‘Napoleonic war’ when talking about her period and Australians could call it ‘shark week’.
Other terms used around the world include: My Ketchup- my monthly visitor, the scarlet curse and women’s problems were common across the globe. On social media, women use the term TOM (time of the month) to let people know…
Do you have a name for your monthly friend?