There’s nothing to be ashamed about periods. It’s part of life. Every female (who already hit menstruation of course) has to go through it. So here I am, joining in the Period Party.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF #THEPERIODPARTY
If you have social media, you can be a voice in the union!
- This spontaneous thought, turned small movement, can be a bloody hashtag. Use your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (and other socials you have) to share a period story or message to normalise menstruation and make #ThePeriodParty a reality. Even something as seemingly small as, “I believe supermarkets should distribute free pads to those who need it” carries weight and validity.
- Tag 5-10 friends and strangers (because this is a bonding experience too) to spark the conversation.
- Sign the petition calling for the UK government to allow children in receipt of free school meals to have access to free sanitary products. Consequently, if you live in the UK, contact your MP and/or Damian Hinds about your desire for helping vulnerable British girls as well.
If you’re a blogger of any kind and feel passionate about engaging in menstrual discussions, you have a role in the Party too!
- Write a post and share a story featuring periods. Whether that be your period, your friend’s, something you saw on the news or ways you deal with cramps. Anything is gold (or red) because your words can impact someone else across the seas or down the street. And if you’re sitting there thinking, “crap, I’ve never had a period, though,” you have a voice and a duty too. Talk about the ways men and boys can become more cooperative and understanding. There’s so much we don’t discuss and silence isn’t communicating the messages.
- Use the hashtag #ThePeriodParty on your post and socials so that everyone’s stories and messages are in one place on the Internet.
- Tag 5-10 friends and strangers.
- Finally, sign the petition from above. The UK government already has a list of the individuals from the lowest socio-economic background attending schools so it only seems practical to allow girls, entitled to this right, have access to free sanitary products. Also, if you live in the UK, contact your MP and/or Damian Hinds about why you believe providing aid to these British girls is necessary.
(I didn’t sign the petition and Yashvi didn’t either)
How I Deal with Cramps:
I read Brooke’s post on period hacks and tried the dark chocolate one out. Every time I felt this pain in my lower abdomen (called a cramp) I drag myself over to the fridge and took a bite of dark chocolate. Not only did it taste pretty good (and that’s saying something since I don’t really like chocolate) but my cramp went away after a minute or so.
I’ve only tried it once (okay, twice) but this is something I’m going to remember forever… hopefully XD
Some people try putting some warm stuff on their stomachs, and I also rub a bit of oil (the kind that deals with stomach aches) sometimes. But normally I just let it be.
Anyway, thanks for sharing that tip with us, Brooke! It’s been really useful to me.
I don’t know who to tag since I’m not sure who is comfortable with talking about periods and who’s not, so if YOU would like to join in, then you’re tagged 🙂 Just let me know if you’re participating.
Not so random fact: March is here, guys!! (wow that’s fast) My contest which I’ve kinda hinted about is nearing (near the end of the month hehe) so watch out for it 😉
Are you going to join in? What are some of YOUR period hacks?