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:

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about periods is inequality.
Victoria Guedes, Law Student
The first word is discomfort.
Vania Rodriguez, Business student

160 million women across Latin America have their periods.

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"People say; 'don't talk about that while we are at the table...' It has been taboo for such a long time. (sic)
Lucrecia Rojas, Educator

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;

It is really just a normal bodily function that should be seen as normal.

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."

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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

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