Why live in fear of the blob?

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Period, time of the month, a visit from Aunt Flo, a crimson tide, or just plain menstruation – whatever you call it, you’re probably not talking about it, says Sarah Simons, as she asks, why are periods still such a taboo subject?

Of course, there’s the blood. And blood can be scary, and the sight of it can trigger dizziness, vomiting and fainting. But, there’s horror film blood, and then there’s practical blood – for things such as life-saving transfusions, which have only hopeful, grateful emotions attached to them. Quite unlike period blood, then, which is met with not just a drip, but a ...

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