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How to talk to boys about periods

Talking to Boys About Periods

July 7, 2023

At Aunt Flow, we are committed to period inclusivity, the recognition that not all women have periods, and not all people with periods are women. 

While times are changing, there is still stigma and taboo surrounding conversations about periods. The only way to make real radical change is to include EVERYONE in the conversation.

Becoming a Flow Bro

To welcome non-menstruators into the conversation, we coined the term “Flow Bros.”

Defined: A non-menstruator who supports menstruators and advocates for freely accessible period products in public bathrooms. 

Flow Bro Definition

We believe it’s important to normalize and educate boys about periods! By tiptoeing around the topic of periods, role models and authority figures are actively limiting their education and understanding of this normal bodily function.

From a young age and throughout their lives, those around us who do not menstruate should be educated on menstrual health the same way that those who do menstruate are taught. 

Talking to boys about periods is important for several reasons.

Promotes Gender Equality

Educating boys and non-menstruators about periods can help break down gender stereotypes and promote gender equality. They can learn that menstruation is a natural bodily function and not something to be ashamed of or stigmatized.

Encourages Empathy and Understanding

By understanding what menstruation is and how it affects people who menstruate, boys can develop empathy and understanding towards their female peers, family members, and friends. This can help to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with menstruation.

Helps Reduce Period Poverty

When boys and non-menstruators are educated about periods, they can become advocates for better access to menstrual products in schools and communities. This can help to reduce period poverty and ensure that everyone who menstruates has access to the necessary products and resources.

Improves Communication

Talking to boys about periods can improve communication between genders and foster a more open and supportive environment. This can help to reduce misunderstandings, promote inclusion and create a more positive culture.

Have you had a conversation about periods with the non-menstruating children and adolescents in your life? Share your experiences with us on social at @goauntflow!

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claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 5 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

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