The ALLIANCE is pleased to publish a visual resource in support of the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan.

Everyone experiences periods differently, but it’s important to have an awareness of your own cycle and symptoms, and know what isn’t ‘normal’. Embarrassment and even shame remain a barrier for many people to better understand their own periods and seek support if they are concerned. For more information on periods see NHS Inform.

The ALLIANCE’s visual resource for periods, published in partnership with the Scottish Government, provides insight into the diversity of menstrual health to support people to feel better informed and confident in raising their experience with friends, family, partners, colleagues and GPs. It covers what to expect from a typical period, whilst also highlighting specific menstrual health conditions.

This publication brings together four graphic resources that were produced to summarise the discussions of webinars on periods, hosted by the ALLIANCE and Scottish Government in support of the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan. The graphics present central points raised by panellists, as well as key themes identified by audiences.

In this resource you will find graphics related to:

  • What is a normal period?
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

You can download a digital version of the resource here.

Print resources are available on request. Should you be interested in using the resource in print, whether than be alone or with a group, then please email

The graphics were created by Clare Mills of Listen Think Draw.


It’s not only those who identify as women who have periods. Some transgender men, non-binary people and intersex people or people with variations in sex characteristics may also menstruate. This resource aims to provide information for anyone who has an interest.  

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Published: 07/03/2024

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