When I got my first period, I was too embarrassed to tell my mum. Too embarrassed to go to the shops and buy pads, and when eventually got sick of throwing out my bled on undies and bought pads, I was too embarrassed to change them at school for fear of being heard by someone in the toilets.
What the hell right?
Sadly, my experience is far from unique.
I sobbed with the collective tears of sisterhood when I read Kiran Ghandi's piece on running London Marathon on her period. Her amazing article has since gone viral and been discussed with love and hate across the blogosphere.
This is Polkadotsi, and we are all about body love. So Kiran, you freaking ROCK woman!
You rock for so many reasons:
- For de-stigmatizing periods.
- For opening discussion about one of the most hushed up aspects of womanhood.
- And for running 26.2 miles!
While I write from the my creature comforts of privilege, I am devastated that across the world women's reproductive health remains silenced, shamed, and stigmatized.
Girls in Africa still only learn about their period once they GET it... and then so many of them have to deal with their menses with improvised menstrual hygiene products, and no clean water and latrines. Many women in India face the same challenges.
There is so much we can do better- so let's start with a few small things that each of us can achieve right now.
Photo credit: Kiran Ghandi