What do you call your period in public?

For as long as there have been women, there has been the dreaded period. And, for as long as there have been periods, there have been women describing their affection (or lack of) for their period. Casual or catty, frightening or funny, these descriptive names get passed from woman to woman, generation to generation.

Whether we’re being ironically discrete or we still consider using “period” taboo, many women will refer to their period as something else. So, what do you call yours? We’ve started a list here, but hope you’ll add to it in the comments below!

  • Flo
  • Stacy
  • Curse
  • “I’m currently occupied”
  • Red Monster
  • “Coming On”
  • Mary Menstrual
  • Traveling
  • My friend
  • The Big “P”
  • Ladybug
  • Code Red
  • Crimson tide
  • ‘The train” (pads are the tickets)
  • Uncle T.O.M. (Time of Month)
  • Aunt Mary
  • The monthly battle
  • The Crimson Curse
  • The redcoats have landed
  • Special Time
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • “I’ve got my sauce”
  • Dirty lady time
  • Natures Revenge
  • The Red Carpet
  • A visit from an annoying relative
  • Aunt Flo is visiting and needs a pen (tampon)
  • The Reds are in town. Home game.

No matter what you call it, if your period is heavy or painful or irregular in any way, you should talk to your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, we can help. Or give us a call at (317) 338-4HER to talk to a registered nurse for free.

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