Real Life Experiences of Periods
Being several weeks in to my ‘Normalising Periods’ series it will come as no shock that I believe that, as a society, we need to be more open about them. Around half the population have them every month, yet it’s still a taboo subject. So this week, talking all about her real life experiences of periods, is Sophie from sr-journalism.com.
Sophie is my younger sister and has been a great support for me since I began my blog. I probably wouldn’t be writing this now if it wasn’t for her so over to you, Soph.
Hi everyone, Sophie here from way over there at sr-journalism.com coming to you from Raising a Ragamuffin. Sounds like a news broadcast doesn’t it?
I’m a blogger from beautiful North Wales and I work in digital Marketing where I use my love of writing for the company blog. I am a self-confessed tea lover, (some might call it an obsession).
I was quite excited to be asked to write a guest post for Raising a Ragamuffin. My first one. So do let me know if I’ve done a good job won’t you?
Periods? Well, what can I say? Read on to find out about my experiences as a fairly inexperienced female (plenty of time to learn the ropes though, eh?).
When you think about periods how do you feel?
When I took on the task of writing this blog post, I thought…being honest is my top priority. So when I think about periods I think. Crikey, again? I can’t wait for this week to be over. I suffer horribly with abdominal pain during my episodes of the crimson river, and sometimes it affects me so much that I have to take time out of daily life. It does worry me sometimes, last cycle it was 10 days late. But stress can do that to you, something that also takes a toll on my day to day life. I used to feel really embarrassed talking about periods, but then I think; Actually, every single woman in the world is going through, or will go through exactly the same, so why is it so difficult to talk about.
Do you think it’s something that we need to be more open about?
Most definitely, it’s probably the most natural process in the world. Like I said earlier, every woman will experience it at some point. I still get a bit red faced about it, but it’s something that needs to be talked about, just as much as checking your breasts regularly to make sure everything is ticking over properly.
Young woman need so much support, I mean for some of them, if they haven’t been educated properly could find this really worrying. Womenface so much already, we should definitely encourage them to talk about it more.
Do you feel embarrassed talking about periods and feminine hygiene products?
I used to yes. But not so much now, I suppose being in a relationship for 7 years has helped. Now I just say to him. Right, I need sanitary towels, get your backside down to the shop and fill up my stocks! Even he doesn’t get too embarrassed now. He would rather I bought the products, naturally. But he will on occasion go and get them for me. I remember in high school, we had a P.E lesson and one of the girls just blurted out “Oes gen ti tampon?” or “Do you have a tampon?” and I remember becoming very red faced, and having no idea how to respond. Thinking back, yes or no would probably have done the trick.
Have you always used disposable sanitary products?
Yes, I have always used disposables.
Do you use pads or tampons or both?
I gave tampons a go, couldn’t get along with them. I suffer with health anxiety, and the risk of toxic shock syndrome, as low as it is, scares the living daylights out me. I’m quite happy with my disposables.
Have you always used the same brand? (If not how did you find the one you use now, if yes why)
I have always used always, I don’t care what anyone says, as far as disposables go they are the best. I feel comfortable, and don’t find myself worrying about potential leakages. In the past I have given own brands a go. But I just don’t feel confident that they’ll give me the protection I need.
Do you like/dislike disposable sanitary products and why?
Now, I can’t really comment as I have never used anything else. I can’t imagine they are the best products for the environment. I mean, where do they go? Landfill? In essence they are just like nappies aren’t they? And they take years to reduce.
Did you know that there were alternatives to disposables out there?
Until very recently no. I learned from yourself [Kim from Raising a Ragamuffin] that there were reusable ones out there. I imagine they are far more comfortable to use, I think it would take a while and a fair few visits to the loos to build confidence in using reusable ones. Eventually though, it is something I would try.
Do you like the idea of reusable sanitary products?
When I first found out about them, I was a bit like “Oh, really?” but the more I think about it the more I am warming to the idea. Why spend hundreds of pounds buying disposables when you can spend a little bit more initially and do a better job at looking after your own health? I admit, I have had some irritation from disposables in the past. I can imagine reusable products are quite comfortable really.
Do you think you’d like to try them in future?
The honest answer is yes. I’ll try anything once. I may not find them any good to me, but then again they might be the best things I ever use. For me, comfort is key. If I can feel confident and comfortable then it’s a win win situation!
So there you have it, real life experiences of periods. As you can see from this post it is possible to have a discussion without going into the gory detail, which I think is part of the reason periods are so taboo. And let’s be honest even the gory detail shouldn’t be off limits when we’re dealing with such a normal subject.
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