From across Latin America, AFP spoke to women who menstruate, where they shared their personal thoughts on their periods from the intimacy of their bathrooms, addressing sex, the price of sanitary products and gender identification.
This is what they said:
160 million women across Latin America have their periods.
Still taboo? Let's hear more from the women...
Victoria adds that "there shouldn't be taboos when talking about periods or blood - it is totally natural and it's part of a woman's biology," while high school student Sebastian Salaverry, says the following;
Price for a pack of 16 pads?
"It's quite a lot of you think of the combined annual cost," says Vania.
On this subject, Vania says, "many women can barely afford food" - a sentiment shared by Victoria, who thinks the government should subsidise sanitary products, "as it is a question of public health."
All periods combined, people who bleed, menstruate for seven years or 2535 days of their life.
Furthermore, periods have a different value for transsexuals, as Sebastian explains;
"When your period comes, it hits you that you still aren't what you feel; periods are a snap back into the real world."
Compiled by Afika Jadezweni