Updated: Jun 26
The Taboo of Periods
I recently posted a video on social media; it shows a drawing of the female
reproductive system covered in blood and a hand wiping it away (like the one below).
People commented that it was gross, some wanted to lick it and others told me to
stop. I don't think I fully grasped how controversial it could be.
I live in a world dominated by my reproductive system; it dictates what I can and can't do every single day. I forget that this isn’t a normal way to live. Endometriosis has taken over my life, just as it has for so many others living with the disease. I had to stop working, I lost a relationship, and my social life has shrunk dramatically because of this horrible affliction. I don’t want your sympathy. I want you to listen.
We all know about the taboo that surrounds periods. From hiding tampons in your sleeve to having partners refuse sex because you are bleeding. It is something that people who bleed experience daily.
It is time for this to stop.
The idea that periods are shameful, is one of the reasons that so many endo sufferers are unable to get the right treatment. It has led to a lack of research for genealogical conditions and for people to be dismissed when they ask for help. Sympathy and understanding are key to helping people live with endometriosis and other genealogical conditions but for that to happen we need to be able to talk about periods honestly and openly.
I’m not saying you need to post photos of your bloody pants all over the internet (although I am one hundred percent behind you if you do). I am just asking that you are open to conversations about your periods, and if you are someone that doesn’t bleed, ask questions. Be curious. Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.
Understanding our bodies is always a good thing.
At the time of writing this my little video has nearly 500 likes. If that doesn’t show how much these conversations are needed, then I don’t know what will.
Helen can be found over on @thisisnottheendo