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The GVTT Report

The Bodyform Global V Taboo Tracker is our ongoing research helping project, designed to better understand taboos around wombs, periods, and vulvas. Because understanding is critical to making change.

Why talking about taboos matters

Before we can dismantle taboos, we need to understand them. We need to know what work still needs to be done, and how much work there is left to do. The GVTT helps to uncover what taboos around the V-Zone exist globally, how these taboos compare between men and women, and the challenges and opportunities in breaking them down.

Our first GVTT report identified a number of themes including pain, pleasure, motherhood, ageing and menopause

42% of women agree that when a woman enters menopause, people start to see her as old
Nearly half of both men and women think period sex is gross
1 in 6
1 in 6 think that women shouldn’t complain about the pain they experience during their period
1.Underwear with discharge that shows 1/3 representing stat 1/3 of men and women think discharge is gross. 2. Libresse towel half coloured in red. Caption: nearly half of women have never discussed their menstruation or their intimate area with their partner. 3. Hand drawn women holding up 42%. Caption: 42% of women think that when a woman enters menopause, people start to see her as old.

If you’re going through any of the experiences touched on by the GVTT Report, whether you’ve experienced period shame, prejudices around menopause, pressure to be a mother, lack of discourse around female pleasure, if you’ve had your period pain dismissed, or if these issues have affected you in any other way, we’d love to hear from you. Go to our #wombstories archive project to share your story.