Have you ever felt weird or embarrassed about having your tampon or pad out in the open? Have you felt like you have to conceal the fact that you’re on your period? Newsflash people: there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. guys often feel weird, uncomfortable, or even clueless about the menstrual cycle, but honestly, a lot of women feel weird about it too. In some cultures, women are even quarantined during their menstrual cycle, cast away from the rest of society because it’s so shameful, only to be let back in once they’re done bleeding. there is a stigma that suggests you can’t talk about your period out loud. You can’t walk to the bathroom with a pad in your hand without it seeming inappropriate. And you can’t ask your friend to borrow a tampon without acting like it’s a drug deal.
As you may or may not know, most (but not all) women get their period. This is due to the shedding of their uterine walls. Each month, as a woman’s cycle begins, estrogen levels begin to rise and the lining of the womb thickens. Her eggs prepare themselves to be fertilized and travel through the fallopian tubes to her uterus. If an egg is not fertilized, it breaks apart, dropping hormone levels and shedding the lining of the uterus. This is what causes monthly bleeding. #Science.
It’s all very natural and a sign that your body is healthy and working how it should. If periods are part of biology and science, something that’s natural and ingrained in most women’s biological makeup, why do some women feel weird or embarrassed about their periods?
I think a lot of the embarrassment or discomfort women feel surrounding their period is that society deems it socially unacceptable to talk about it out loud. Just how it’s not appropriate to say “vagina” or “penis” out lout without a slew of giggles or shocked looks following. Periods, vaginas, penises; these are all parts of the body. They are all natural, therefore we should feel free to talk about them.
I think lack of ease in talking about periods traces back to body insecurity in general. Body shaming is a huge thing in our culture today due to unrealistic ideals of beauty that mass media throws