From synching up to menopause – what do Britons know about periods?

Joanna MorrisData Journalist
December 21, 2022, 2:26 PM GMT+0

One in ten men believe women remove tampons to urinate

More than four in ten Britons (44%) believe women’s menstrual cycles synchronise if they spend enough time with each other.

Women are more likely to say the debunked myth is true (53%) than men (35%), but otherwise they are – unsurprisingly – better versed on periods than men are.

YouGov asked a series of questions linked to menstruation and in almost every instance, men were far more likely to not know the answer than to get it right – but a significant proportion of women were doubtful in many cases, too.

Young people more likely to think women need to remove tampons to urinate

One in ten men (10%) and 2% of women say they think tampons must be removed for a woman to urinate – two-thirds of Britons (66%), however, realise that is not the case (including 89% of women and 42% of men).

Young people are far more likely to think women have to remove tampons to wee, with 15% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying so, compared to 4% of those aged 50 and over.

About two in five Britons (44%) say they don’t know the average number of tampons a woman with a standard menstrual flow is likely to use in a day, including a quarter of women (24%) and 66% of men.

Four in ten people (40%) estimate it at three to six tampons a day, with 4% saying they think the average is more than ten per day. Manufacturers Tampax say three to six a day is normal.

Most Britons know the average age menopause begins

According to the NHS, the average age a woman enters menopause in the UK is between 45 and 55 years of age.

Nearly two-thirds of Britons (65%) knew this to be the case, including 55% of men and three-quarters (75%) of women.

However, nearly a quarter of men (24%) and 5% of women weren’t sure of the average age when periods stop.

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