Today I’m going to touch down on a topic that still seems to be a bit “taboo”. Periods. Yes, you guys read right, periods. And I’m not talking about the ones that you put at the end of your sentences. It’s 2019!
Now I’m not only talking to the ladies. The days where men are so embarrassed about a woman’s period that they won’t even walk past the sanitary products at the supermarket should end. I really hope that the ladies reading here has male partners that will video call them from the pad isle. A friend of mine’s hubby does that, just to make sure he brings the correct ones.
We are the generation responsible for raising the next. Let’s teach them that there’s nothing wrong with getting and shopping for our periods. Pads and tampons should not be hidden at the bottom of our grocery bags and hidden from men. It’s a natural thing that happens, will happen or has happened to about half the world’s population.
Why do I feel so strongly about this?
First off, just recently I heard about a girl who had her period start during her exam. She was to shy to ask the male invigilator if there are any sanitary products and just continued to sit there for the duration of the exam. If we teach the next generation that there is nothing to be ashamed about, things like this wouldn’t happen.
When I was a student I had my period out of the blue on campus (thank you PCOS) I had one pad on me and I was to shy to ask any of the other students to help a girl out. By the end of a very very long day I had to walk around with my jacket tied around my waste and still travel home by bus for an hour and a half. If I was just as verbal back then as I am now my jacket would have kept me dry from the rain and not acted as a shield.
There are also so many underprivileged young girls who can’t afford to shop for sanitary products. They end up missing school and being teased. We us a society is responsible to take that shame away. Periods aren’t shameful. Period.
In today’s time there are so many options for sanitary products all having it’s own pros and cons. My mom went period shopping for me the other day and she was so overwhelmed by all the choices she had to contact me 3 times! Just image how overwhelming it will be for a girl having her period for the very first time. If we talk about it enough we can encourage younger women to ask when they’re unsure.
You get tampons, in like 4 different sizes, with or without applicators. Pads with wings, pads without, thick ones, thin ones. Menstrual cups and re-usable pads. If we talk about it enough we can encourage younger women to ask when they’re unsure.
We aren’t even talking about what happens during a period. I can just think of some questions I had as a young girl. Is the colour normal, why is it taking so long, why does it look like I’m loosing half my blood.
By talking about it last year and singing a petition we managed to get the taxation on sanitary products overturned. So never stop talking about it.
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We can help!
I’ve found some organizations that collects and distributes sanitary items to under privileged women and girls. Dignity Dreams that provides comfort and menstrual health education to young women and girls from disadvantaged and at risk communities and Subz Pads and Pants that was created by Sue Barnes in a response to a request for donations for pads and panties for the under privileged school girls in her area. The Subz product is a patented design where the washable, reusable sanitary pad clips directly onto a 100% cotton panty. The Subz products can last a girl from 3 – 5 years.