Stigma and early-onset menstruation – Saturday paper – July 2018

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Forty-six years after her first period Tanya Byham can still recall the shock and horror she felt when she saw the blood. “I was nearly 10 years old. I thought that I was haemorrhaging,” she says. “It was so painful that it felt like someone was pulling something from inside of me.

I thought it would never stop.”

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