Hey Girl, let’s talk about periods!

We all know they’re a normal part of life, but sometimes it can be challenging to explain what it feels like to someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves.

But fear not!  We can do difficult things. So let’s dive in and explore some ways to help your significant other and others in your life who don’t menstruate can understand what you’re going through during your period.

First, it’s important to remember that every person’s experience with their period is different. Some people may experience cramps, headaches, bloating, or fatigue. Others may have irregular cycles or heavy bleeding. By sharing your own personal experience, you’re helping your partner understand what you’re going through on a deeper level.

One way to explain your period is by using metaphors or similes. For example, you might say that it feels like a storm brewing inside of you, or like a tsunami of emotions crashing down. Maybe you feel like a werewolf during the full moon – wild, untamed, and unpredictable. These comparisons can help your partner visualize what it feels like and empathize with what you’re going through.

Another way to help your partner understand is by sharing stories or anecdotes. Maybe you had to leave work early because of cramps, or you had to cancel plans with friends because you weren’t feeling well. By sharing these experiences, you’re helping to demystify a topic that can be confusing and uncomfortable, and thereby making it less taboo to talk about!

Additionally, asking your partner rhetorical questions can be a powerful tool to encourage empathy and understanding. You might ask how they would feel if they had to bleed for several days each month, or how they would cope with feeling bloated or irritable. By putting them in your shoes, you’re helping them to see things from a different perspective and understand what you go through.

It’s important to remember that periods aren’t just physical – they can also have an emotional impact. You might feel irritable, moody, or anxious during your period. You might feel like you want to curl up in a ball and hide from the world. By explaining these emotional changes to your partner, you’re helping them understand that it’s not just about the physical symptoms.

Finally, it’s essential to communicate openly and honestly with your partner. Don’t be afraid to ask for support or help when you need it. If you’re feeling particularly emotional or sensitive, let your partner know so they can offer a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on. By being vulnerable and honest with your partner, you’re fostering a deeper connection and understanding.

In conclusion, explaining your period to your significant other can feel challenging, but it’s important to have open and honest communication about it. By using metaphors, sharing stories, asking rhetorical questions, and being vulnerable, you can help your partner understand what you’re going through on a deeper level. And with love and understanding, we can tackle anything that life throws our way.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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