Times are changing and after centuries of silence, the conversation around periods and all things menstruation is becoming more and more open. With new mobile apps that track fertility and period pants trending, slowly and surely we're reconnecting with our bodies and everyone is learning a little bit more about women's health.
The more we learn about periods, the more we realize that not everyone’s is the same—and there really is no normal. For some women their period comes and goes smoothly, but for others it brings debilitating pain, illness, and such discomfort that they can’t work or socialize. Many of them have endometriosis, a condition that currently affects a whopping 10 percent of women of reproductive age. Once rarely talked about outside women’s clinics, high-profile women (like Lena Dunham and Daisy Ridley) are now openly talking about their struggles with endometriosis, bringing the conversation into the public eye.