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Let’s Talk About: Periods!

I still don’t understand why we are in 2018 and the word ‘period’ still makes people cringe! Surely we have gotten over the fact that periods exist and every woman (well most) bleed every month.

It got me thinking the other day at work when I told somebody that I had come on my period and I didn’t have anything with me and asked if they had a spare tampon or pad. They actually shushed me and told me to keep my voice down because there was a man in the room and I actually felt embarrassed. I wasn’t embarrassed because I had come on my period but more so that I, a 24 year old woman, was being shushed by another adult. There was at least another four women stood around so I decided to make a point and show that I am not not embarrassed about being on my period and quite loudly said ‘has anybody got a pad or tampon or not?’ Most of the women in the room stared at me in shock and it wasn’t until the male in the room turned round and said ‘I know where there are some spare one upstairs if you want to come with me?’

It was then that I realised that it was the older women at work who were embarrassed over periods and the men really didn’t care.

Unfortunately this isn’t always the case, there have been many times that I have gone onto twitter and a girl has tweeted about being on their period or just generally talking about periods and many lads have replied to them moaning or telling them they are ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’. It seems like us girls are being made to feel like periods are something to be ashamed of and are a secret thing that happens to our bodies and should not be spoken about.

I believe that we should be able to speak freely about periods as it will help those younger generations who are entering that stage and allow them to see that it nothing that they should be embarrassed about. Also, if we have people speaking openly about periods it will give these young girls a chance to read more about what they are experiencing and also give them people who are they can talk to about what they are going through and show them that it is nothing they should be keeping a secret.  

If talking about periods makes a male feel uncomfortable then I say tough! We are already uncomfortable enough with bleeding, cramps and any other hormonal thing that decides to happen that month. So, I believe that if they really do feel uncomfortable just by hearing the word period then they need to realise that this is what women go through all of the time!  

The hardest part is, it is very difficult for girls to hide the fact that they are actually on their period. This tends to be because of hormonal mood swings, cramps, breakouts ect. This is a another reason why we should allow girls to be. open about what they experiencing and show them that it is normal to be going through what they are going through and every other female tends to go through exactly the same, unless they are extremely lucky and have easy periods.  

So why can’t we all just embrace being women and appreciating the amazing things our bodies do?  

Why do we have to hide the fact that we experience periods every month?  

And lastly, why should we have to whisper the fact that we have come on our period so that we do not make anybody feel uncomfortable or embarrassed?

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23 Comments

  • Reply ruthinrevolt

    I completely agree. Periods are miserable enough, we should be allowed to whinge about them without getting a lecture!

    August 24, 2018 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Steph Hannam

    I agree with every point you made, it’s like women are made to feel bad about being on their period. There is so much stigma that comes with periods and a lot of men do understand then so immediately make us feel uncomfortable about talking about them. Such a great blog post x

    Steph
    http://www.stephhannam.com

    August 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Abbey

    It’s terrible the way people act about periods! Hopefully one day, it can become a mature conversation! It’s not as if we all choose to have it!

    Abbey | https://www.diaryofafibrogirl.com

    August 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    What a great post! We should be able to talk openly and confidently about our periods! It isn’t something we should feel embarrassed about at all!☺️

    Brooke x
    http://www.brooke-pearson.co.uk

    August 24, 2018 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Bruna

    I completely with everything you said. people sometimes treat periods like a disease that should never be talked about, when in fact is something normal. great blog post that I’m sure so many of us can relate to

    August 24, 2018 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply C H R I S T Y

    I totally agree with you Abigail!!!!! All of the shunning and making it same like so much of a secret is actually doing more harm than good because every day there is a little girl experiencing her period, having cramps, mood swings and all the other symptoms and changes that apply. This here need to be talked about so that those young girls and even WOMEN can learn to be comfortable in their body and love their body regardless of their monthly changes! What’s there to be ashamed about or hushed on?!?!?!?

    I love this post!!! 💚💚💚😊

    August 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply thesundaydiarys

    Preach it girl! People really need to get over the whole taboo around periods, it’s a natural occurrence and I don’t get why people are so disgusted by it. Love this post!

    Tish | http://www.thesundaydiary.co.uk

    August 24, 2018 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Miss Blogs-A-Bit

    Totally agree with this post! It’s ridiculous that you were shushed at work. I was in the loo at my local gym last week and whilst in the cubicle, I heard a young girl talking to her friend. She was asking if her friend had a pad or tampon as she’d just come on. (There’s no facility to buy them in the toilets). Her friend didn’t have any and she said she felt all embarrassed and would have to go home and miss the class she was booked onto. Her friend suggested asking any women coming in/out of the loos and she was all “no way, I’m not doing that, I feel ashamed”. I really felt for her as she was only about 14 or 15. I left my cubicle and just handed her a pad. She looked so relieved but it angered me that she felt so embarrassed. Like, what had made her feel that way? We really need attitudes to change around this subject!

    August 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply abigailcrochets

      I hate that it seems to be such a big secret especially when it is something that everybody goes through!

      August 24, 2018 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Haleemah Al-Sadiya

    I agree with you. I talk bout my period with guys and not giving a f. Nice post dear
    Plus wah theme are you using?

    August 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply abigailcrochets

      It’s called Fashionista, it is one I purchased x

      August 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Laura Jukonyte

    I agree that there’s a lot of unnecessary disgust when it comes to periods. They are just a natural thing. I guess I’m lucky to have a guy in my life who’s cool with chatting with periods!! Take care. Laura / https://laustworld.blogspot.com/

    August 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Bexa

    I totally agree periods should be talked about! It’s really eye opening that the only person that was any use in helping you find a tampon or pad was actually a man. Wow. It’s not our fault we have periods (we certainly didn’t ask for them!) so we should not have to feel ashamed or silenced. Like you say, physically we are uncomfortable enough without having to keep it all secretive. This is a great post, thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    August 24, 2018 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply thoughtsfromjasmine

    Okay firstly, I LOVE your blog and am sad I haven’t really checked it out sooner, you write the kind of posts I love most (Do you have a wordpress follow button? I couldn’t find one). I feel exactly the same, in fact, most of the time I forget that periods are a “taboo” subject because they seem extremely normal to me. If people want to fear them then that’s their perogative but it makes absolutely no sense nowadays!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

    August 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply abigailcrochets

      Thank you! I either have a button at the bottom of the page or you can follow using the subscription on the right hand side (: xx

      August 25, 2018 at 8:40 am
  • Reply glowsteady

    I am more than comfortable talking about my period! I actually have a whole series talking about periods if you’re interested! Major kudos to the guy in your office who helped you out when the women wouldn’t. They should be ashamed of themselves x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    August 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply milestonetravelsllc

    Where I work there is only one guy in in the department and he really gets an education. The other 8 ladies range from 22 – 67 and we talk about everything, I am grateful that he is not embarrassed and actually is ok speaking on women’s subjects.

    August 25, 2018 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Nancy

    I know, right?! How come women’s health is still making people cringe, even though we’re built by nature to have periods? I think if a male feels uncomfortable when we talk about periods, they need to reevaluate themselves because who else did they come out of? Let’s all embrace nature – periods included! At the same time, MAJOR KUDOS to the male who helped you out. I try to keep some spare with me in case other ladies need one.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    August 25, 2018 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Ciara Louise

    Oh my God! This is so relatable! Loved this blog Abigail!🍃🌈♥️
    Ciara Louise
    ‪https://yoursincerelyblog.weebly.com/blog#‬

    August 25, 2018 at 8:07 am
  • Reply sophhearts

    I love this post and couldn’t agree with you more, no one should be made to feel judged or embarrassed full stop let alone about something that happens regularly to half of the population and that they can’t help!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    August 25, 2018 at 8:40 am
  • Reply jennyinneverland

    I’ve always had a really open dialogue with my Mum about periods – I remember when I sorta first got mine, I asked her ALL the questions (in Sainsbury’s car park, I remember vividly) about them so I’ve always been dead open about periods and just don’t understand why it’s taboo because almost half of the population have them it’s not like its a secret haha! xxx

    August 25, 2018 at 9:39 am
  • Reply jamnesreen

    I agree with you! This is a natural occurrence which we should not be ashamed of.

    August 25, 2018 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Opposite Tourists

    Other women shouldn’t make women feel embarrassed about their period. Its the most nature thing in the world (besides childbirth which a lot cringe at as well)! It angers me that in the 21st century we can’t talk about periods openly and freely with each other.

    Rio | http://www.OppositeTourists.com

    August 25, 2018 at 11:43 am
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