For something that happens to 50 per cent of the population, talking about periods still remains largely taboo.
One group that falls into this category are ballet dancers.
For many, the problems start in puberty when they first get their period. With many classes strict on a no underwear policy, young ballet dancers face a dilemma.
"You can't wear underwear under your tights as your leotards are normally really high cut and they would show and it can feel really uncomfortable with them too," former dancer *Imogen told Mamamia.
This makes it difficult to use a pad, which can also prove cumbersome while dancing, making the wearer feel uncomfortable or self-conscious or limiting the fluidity of movement.
"I don't know what you'd do if you couldn't wear tampons - it's so hard to dance in a pad," she said.
"I wore tampons but you did hear stories of people wearing tampons while performing and you'd see the string or something."
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While a tampon may seem like a straightforward solution, for many preteens and teens they can be impractical or too intimidating.