Talking about periods is essential because it is a natural and normal part of a woman’s reproductive health. Yet, the stigma surrounding menstruation has made it a taboo topic for far too long. This lack of conversation has led to a lack of understanding, education, and support for those who experience it. By opening up the conversation about periods, we can reduce the stigma and improve access to menstrual products and healthcare. It also allows individuals to feel empowered and informed about their bodies, leading to better health outcomes and a more inclusive and accepting society.

Talking about menstruation is important for several reasons:

  1. It normalizes a natural bodily function: Menstruation is a natural process that half the population experiences, yet it is still often considered a taboo topic. Talking about it helps to normalize it and reduce stigma and shame.
  2. It promotes understanding and empathy: When people are educated about menstruation, they are better able to understand and empathize with those who experience it. This can lead to greater support and solidarity among individuals, as well as better policies and practices related to menstruation.
  3. It can help break down gender stereotypes: Menstruation is often associated with femininity and reinforces gender stereotypes. By openly discussing menstruation, we can challenge these stereotypes and promote more inclusive and diverse understandings of gender.
  4. It can help reduce menstrual inequality: In many parts of the world, menstruation is still stigmatized and access to menstrual products and resources is limited. By talking about menstruation and advocating for menstrual equity, we can help reduce these disparities and promote greater health and well-being for all individuals who experience menstruation.
  5. It can improve health outcomes: Talking about menstruation can lead to better education and awareness around menstrual health, which can improve health outcomes and reduce the risk of menstrual-related health issues.

You can try to help define menstruation to non-menstruators.

Menstruation is a natural biological process that occurs in the reproductive system, typically on a monthly basis. It involves the shedding of the lining of the uterus, which results in the release of blood and other materials from the body through the vagina. Menstruation is a key part of the menstrual cycle, which is controlled by hormones and helps prepare the body for pregnancy.  It is a part of the female or menstruators experience and is something that everyone should know happens in the health of half of the population.

It’s time to start opening up the conversation on female and menstruator’s bodies and allow better understanding of biological systems.

In summary, talking about menstruation is important for promoting understanding, breaking down stereotypes, reducing inequalities, improving health outcomes, and normalizing a natural bodily function. By openly discussing menstruation, we can help create a more inclusive and equitable world for all individuals who experience it.

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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