A few weeks ago, you may have heard about Kiran Gandhi and the period fiasco. Gandhi ran a marathon while she had her period and chose not to wear feminine hygiene products and she let the blood flow- literally. The decision was made to highlight that not all females have access to feminine hygiene products and that we need to stop being ashamed of our periods.
I recall many, many years ago when I first got my period and I was horrified and embarrassed to tell my mom. When I found out my father and my brother knew, I wanted to curl up and hide away. When I got to high school, my friends and I would fashion ways to retrieve tampons and pads from our lockers to ensure that no one would see what we were doing. Present day, I still hide my tampon up a sleeve or pocket and I’m getting to point where I am over inconveniencing myself to be convenient for others.
How do we create this positive period movement? It starts with the us and how we feel about having our periods. Periods are not exactly the most exciting thing to happen to someone as they come with cramps, headaches, bloating and all sorts of symptoms. However, periods can also be magical. Have you ever experienced syncing up with a friend? Have you thought about how powerful that is? My reproductive system has nothing to do with my friends or roommates but give us enough time together and we can get on the same cycle – mind blowing! I dare you to seek out the actual process of a menstrual cycle – it’s fascinating. If you think about how much time you focus on other areas of your body, why would you neglect the area and process that occurs in your body each month?
Keep in mind that we are surrounded with aspects of negativity surrounding our periods or a lot of things female related. Feminine hygiene ads are all about about being discreet with our tampons and pads as a way to assist with this inconvenience of our monthlies. I’m sure you may have realized this already but having your period does not hinder your ability to be a fully functioning human. HIstorically, many cultures and communities believed that a female having their period was powerful but sadly current society does not always reflect these beliefs.
I’ve realized that I have spent a lot of time worrying about making other people uncomfortable about something that is happening to me. Having a period is a normal, natural part of life. We should embrace the beauty of our bodies and its abilities.