Sunday, 10 February 2019

Let's stop period taboo.

Hey readers,

Today I would like to discuss periods and the fact that I think in this day and age that we should stop the taboo surrounding periods. 


I don't know why we have such funny attitudes around periods, it is a natural event for women and it happens every month because that is the way I bodies are designed. It has nothing to do with the person we are or to do with how pure we are. Every woman (other than ones with problems related to their period) has periods. 



I recall back when I first had my period at the age of 10 and no one talked to me about it. I remember this feeling in my pants and when I went to the toilet and looked down I was horrified. I literally thought I was dying.

 It was scary because no one told me about periods and what to expect. If I was told then I could be prepared and embrace it for what it was. 

I know a lot of people have similar experience and even now when someone mentions periods in the media they get a backlash of hatred and disgust.

 They view periods as the most disgusting thing in the world. But it is not, it is just nature doing what it was designed to do. 

What is a period?

The body releases tissue it no longer needs. This tissue is found in the uterus and it is designed to be removed from the body in order to make room for the baby to be grown in the uterus. Every month the uterus lining gets thicker so that is prepared for a fetus egg if the women become pregnant. If the egg does not get fertilised then what happens is that the lining gets released as blood from the vagina. This process is called menstruation or period as it is commonly known. 


It is nothing awful or deadly, it is just a process of life, which one of the main reasons us humans are alive is to reproduce. Yes, blood is not pleasant, it is not something I enjoy, I don't choose to have a period nor anyone I know would say they enjoy their period. It is just life and something that you have to manage every month. Not to mention it messes up your emotions. 

I am not ashamed of my periods. I have accidents where I am not expecting my period and there is blood everywhere. I get up and clean the mess which is fine. This does not make me dirty, it means I wasn't expected it and it happens you know. I can't know everything I am not Mystic Meg. 


One thing that bothers me with periods and peoples view is that somehow because I am a woman and have a period that I am somewhat below a man. I am disgusted and dirty but why? because blood comes out of my vagina once a month? It is just a ridiculous way of thinking which again stems back to religion and this idea of uncleanness. 

How can we improve the whole notion of breaking down period taboo? well, the key is to talk more especially when having children, though my sons are male and won't experience periods they know what happens to mummy.

 Why is mummy wearing sanitary towels? Why she is moody or a bit shouty at daddy? Kids like to explore from a young age and it is important to talk about these things.

 I think it is important for especially girls to understand what happens beforehand so they don't feel scared and that they can learn to embrace periods for what they are.

 We should celebrate when a girl starts periods as opposed to casting fear into them. We should see it as a practical element to being a woman and reducing the fear. Overall it is important to keep talking about periods. 



Cheers for reading X 

16 comments:

  1. This is such an important topic! Thanks for sharing :) you’re right it’s a subject we need to be more comfy talking about #mmbc
    Debs @ https://tiger-mint.com

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  2. oh yes, we talk period in this house, hopefully by more understanding at home my girls will cope okay. Star has already started hers and Boo won't be much longer. When I was young things were very different and I was taught to be ashamed of my period, my Mum wouldn't even let me wash my hair!!
    #mmbc

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  3. I have always been open with my girls about periods and my teen started hers with knowing what to expect and there was no drama apart from the cramps. I think boys need more of an education about periods some of them can be so mean even at 15/16 years old. x

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  4. I couldn't agree more! We have 2 girls, one 8 and one nearly 11. They know about periods and are unhappy talking about them. Big has a few friends who get there periods already. It is a part of life and nothing to be ashamed of.. I was as a little girl and it was awful. Cheers to you and tackling taboo! #mixitup xoxo

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  5. I agree....we should definitely talk to our girls at a young age about what to expect. My first period was traumatic! Now I am at an age where I don't have to worry about them anymore. Not sorry about that!

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  6. I absolutely agree. It's such a natural thing and yet we shy away from talking about it - ban it almost as though it were a disgusting thing. I'm all for being more open about it. I've taught my daughter the same thing - to be open and come to me whenever she wants to discuss anything x #MixItUp

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    1. It is fab your so open with your daughter, she will appreciate it X

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  7. Such an important discussion to have and promote. #MixItUp

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  8. Well done for writing so honestly about this, and you're right, everyone should be more open and relaxed about periods. It must have been horrifying to have your first period before knowing about what it is and what to expect, very sorry to hear that happening to you.
    Also, I'd like to thank you for the "I am not Mystig Meg" line, that gave me a good chuckle x #MixItUp

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