While being an absolutely natural and normal process, there's still a lot of shame and embarrassment around menstruation. People shy away from the topic, it is not to be talked about in public. Well, I disagree wholeheartedly. Because not only is it not gross or weird to talk about periods, it is necessary. The more we talk about it, exchange our knowledge on something, the better we understand it. Periods are no exception, and there's a lot of things we should know about them, regardless of our gender.
First of all, not everyone experiences periods the same way. It's something quite unique actually, and it can change too. I used to have a very regular cycle, and hardly ever any symptoms when the time came around. Unfortunately that has changed since - this Sunday, after a very long nervous wait for my period, I spent the day coiled up in bed with a hot-water bottle, cramping really hard, feeling bloated, tired, headaches on top, craving sweets and wanting to bawl my eyes out nonstop. I used to think these things were kind of a myth before, but as a matter of fact I never really talked to others about how they experience their periods. Period symptoms can also be muscle aches, back pain, diarrhea or constipation, skin breakouts, tender breasts, sleep issues, ...Fun eh? Some have longer cycles, some shorter, some have heavy flow, some just a trickle. Maybe this month it might different than the next for one individual. Point is, don't underestimate what a person on their period is going through. If they can't do anything apart from lying in bed, trust me - it really is all they're capable of. Also keep in mind when talking about periods: Whether or not a person menstruates does not tell you anything about their gender. 💅🏻 #letstalkaboutbloodbaby