I came across a photo series from @sainthoax with these wonderful images from the classic disney films. A lovely reminder, as the post mentions, that all women have periods. “There’s a lot of ignorance and shame surrounding this subject..Girls get their period once a month. Sometimes it gets messy.” It can be a difficult thing to talk about because of the way society makes it an embarrassing topic. I remember the first time I discovered I had my period at 12 years old.
There was a day where the boys and girls were separated in order to talk about our body. Luckily, because of that it didn’t come as quite a shock. Although, it isn’t talked about often, it’s so common and we (women) all experience it. It’s a natural part of being a women and it’s something to embrace. I have previously talked to family and friends about their level of period pain. However, many people say that their period pain is very tolerable or they don’t feel any pain at all (lucky ones). Then, there are a few that have extreme pain – which is how I feel for 1-2 days of the month. This made me have to come home from work in my previous jobs, every time it fell on the first two days. The pain is unbearable. The menstrual cramps are something else, and makes me want to turn into a cat and curl beside the fire place.
When I was younger, my sister made a tiny amusing booklet of all the things I needed to know about periods. It was entertaining and very informative using colourful highlighters and pens. A nurse came into school to explain to the girls that there will be mild discomfort and a cramping sensation. They did not mention that every person feels the pain in different degrees. Drinking warm water and not consuming any cold, icy beverages will lessen the pain. Holding a warm object against your body can soothe your stomach .
The best thing to do is to keep track in order to know when to expect your next period. Dark chocolate also helps especially when you are likely to crave something sweet (I know I do). There have been events or days of work I had to call off due to my period, but I don’t believe that our period should stop us from doing the things we love, if we are able to do it for the other 3 weeks of the month. Be kind to yourself. It’s common to be silent to mention that we are on our periods.There is still a societal taboo when speaking about periods. No one should ever feel ashamed to talk about their period.
You can probably relate to the amount of long lost underwears and the amount of money we will spend in our lifetime on pads alone. Chella Quint, a menstruation education researcher, says it’s important to teach girls to see that there’s nothing shameful about menstruation. “If you menstruate, having regular periods is a vital sign, like your heart rate or your blood pressure, that shows your body is working well.”