Sanitary towel advert features red ‘blood’

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Image caption Bodyform’s advertising campaign also shows a man buying sanitary towels

Bodyform has become the first brand in the UK to feature sanitary pads stained with red liquid, rather than blue, in its adverts.

Parent company Essity said it wanted to confront taboos surrounding periods.

The firm says research found 74% of people wanted to see more honest representation in adverts.

Bodyform’s video campaign, #bloodnormal, shows a woman in the shower with blood running down her thigh and a man buying sanitary towels.

It follows a 2016 advert where sportswomen were shown muddy and bloodied while doing activities like bike riding, boxing and running.

With the slogan “no blood should hold us back”, it featured a sanitary towel on a TV advert for the first time.

Image copyright Bodyform
Image caption The new advert features a woman in the shower

Sanitary brands and adverts have traditionally opted to use blue liquid in order to represent how much moisture their pads can hold.

The new campaign has been mostly well received.

Image copyright Bodyform

Essity, the company which makes Bodyform, said it wanted to “challenge the stigma around periods”.

Tanja Grubna said: “We believe that like any other taboo, the more people see it, the more normal the subject becomes.”

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