Okay everyone, today we are going to have the period talk. Now, I am fully aware that this can be an awkward topic for a lot of people. I know in my family we never talked about anything related to periods. Not what it was like or what would happen during the first one. Nothing, which is really sad. But it’s all because we’ve been taught forever that our periods are some gross thing that did not need to be talked about. So, like me, many girls go without having the proper knowledge of our periods and why they should be celebrated, not shamed.
The night before I got my first period, I was having horrible back pain. I chalked this up to my usual gymnastics’ pains. However, to my surprise I woke up the next day to find that I had actually started my period. Embarrassment did not even begin to cover what I was feeling. The thought of even telling my mom made me mortified. It was honestly a really unfortunate experience. To feel shame and embarrassment for something so natural and healthy is very odd. Your period is a sign that your body is doing what it needs to do and that is not something we should find shame in.
So, for the next couple weeks we are going to be talking all things periods. I am going to bring in some guest writers, our Advancement Manager Mark Billings who will give the male POV and our Nurse Practitioner Rachael Marshall who will give us the low down on why periods are so important! My hope is that we can break through the awkwardness and shame that surround this topic and be able to teach our kids and maybe even ourselves, the amazingness of our periods and being a woman!
Until next time,