Periods! We all dread them. There I’ve put it out there.
Now here’s the deal. Everyone women knows the pain and uncomfortableness that their period brings. We dread our time of the month like a visit by a loud, overbearing, opinionated Aunt. None of us welcome the visit by Aunt Flow, however it is a regular visit we will have to endure. Let’s face it though; the men in our lives brace themselves for our visitor as well.
Regardless of the fact that roughly 50% of the population experiences periods, they are still such an awkward topic to discuss. Periods may be a ‘woman’s issue’, however it doesn’t mean that we are the only ones suffering the consequences of them.
I’m sure there are plenty of men out there who have had to do a tampon run to the shops, make a heat pack for a suffering partner or even deal with the hormonal beast she may (apparently) turn into.
Yesterday I received a donation for Share the Dignity. It was brought to me in an opaque bag from a man who had been given the delivery task from his missus. He sheepishly came up and handed me the bag, we had a joke about it and then we moved on.
It got me thinking though. Isn’t it time to remove the awkwardness surrounding the lady period? We don’t have to avoid the topic like we are all at a sleepover and someone did a sneaky fart.
Without the wonders of the female body we wouldn’t be here. A period is part of the wonder.
One of the most common responses to Share the Dignity has been ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe that I have never thought of this issue.’ Maybe the awkwardness is why it has taken until now for everyone to solve the problem.