Updated: Nov 14
Being a woman is not easy, we all know that, but when you take into consideration that for almost a week every month our reproductive organs bleed, we have insane headaches, stomachaches and our cramps hurt more than heart attacks. It’s like experiencing insane emotional rollercoasters, it’s really difficult to be a woman. Honestly, there are so many awful things about periods but I think that if I start listing them all now, I won't be done before Christmas 2022.
However, there are definitely some things that need to be discussed about menstruation and the first thing is that it is not discussed enough. Can I just stress that PERIODS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED OF!!! How the hell has society convinced us, and especially men, that women having periods is something unearthly, embarrassing and gross when in reality it is the most natural thing for them to experience!?
Sure, I understand it's blood, but if someone falls down and scrapes their knee I bet that the people around wouldn't say: "Ew, hide it, don't talk about it, act like it doesn't exist!"
I'll just give you people a quick tip and this is especially for the open-minded men who are reading this. When someone you know has their period, don't cringe and run off. Be understanding, be supportive, buy them chocolate because cravings are pretty common. And girls, please don't think that having your period is something you have to hide, I'm not saying start yelling at the top of your lungs "My coochie is leaking blood!" But acknowledging that you have a period won't lead you to receive any judgment. If it does, then don't talk to them again because judging like this is quite stupid and immature.
Now, moving on, I'd like to say a couple things to the girls who are just starting to menstruate: It's really gonna suck! Blood will probably leak through your favourite jeans, your mood swings will be unreal, you might wake up in the middle of the night with a stabbing pain in your stomach and think that this is it...then again, you might not. The important thing to keep in mind is that periods are different for everyone!
Finally, some things that happened to me personally which I wouldn't have minded being warned about beforehand were, for starters, the irregularity of your cycle. One time, I went up to six months. Nothing. But then, as soon as I got it again it lasted two whole weeks! Not only that, but you should expect a slight, sudden increase in weight, you might get bloated, get awful period acne... there are a lot of things that your period affects but also a lot of things that affect your period.
I feel like I have written a pretty terrifying account of what having your period is like, so before I leave you so that you can freely freak out about all of this - I just want to say that it's important to keep your cool and know that at least it won't kill you! Also, you have a great excuse to skip things like class and other activities as well as my personal favourite, saying to those annoying misogynists that anything they can do, you can do while bleeding!
About the author:
My name is Louisa Vichou and I’m a 15 year old aspiring writer who loves painting, pretty much all sports, singing and piano. However, (like all the greats) I have an arch-enemy... maths!
*the artist wants to stay anonymous