Previous to six months ago, thinking about my period outside of the misery it brought me and the basic things I needed to do for care wasn’t much of an occurrence. I only talked about it with other people who shared the same monthly experience in private. Following the stigma pounded into my brain by my traditional environment, that little voice would silently remind me, “Don’t talk about this openly, especially not around certain people.” It’s gross, right? People are uncomfortable because it is gross.Read More
When selecting your alternative menstrual product, especially your period panties, put -real thought- into it. Buying into a gimmick and catchy branding is really tempting, but will your body appreciate it? Research the materials that are potentially going onto or into your body. Look into the history of the company compared to the history of the movement. "Innovation" is a hot word right now; new to market may not mean new to the world nor imply particularly effective.Read More
Maybe around a year or more ago, a person in a private Facebook group I'm a member of made a post about switching over to cloth menstruation pads. I thought it was very interesting, but definitely not for me. I have OCD, one aspect of it being contamination issues. I often think even my own body is unclean and disgusting, and I thought I would have a hard time with the experience.
There were two aspects that changed my mind about this. One was a slow progression, and the other hit me very quickly. The first hurt me, but ultimately led to empowerment. Someone I knew once had issues relating to physical aspects of my body and menstruation, and it made me feel very badly about myself. Being the type of person I am, I would do things to try and "improve" myself for the person out of shame or hide myself completely because I felt even more disgusting than I did previously, and after realizing how wrong this felt, I slowly started making choices that felt right for me. What I didn't yet have was an actual product that made me feel more comfortable with the process physically, or something that helped me talk more openly about periods. I wasn't quite there.Read More