What is your conversation about menstruation? We recently asked people to contribute their candid thoughts with the purpose of raising awareness and positivity – even if their story isn’t so positive. The idea was to give them room to take it wherever they wanted, to share whatever they liked. The results are letters, all different and unique, all offering us some perspective, some personal reflections and revelations, and in a few cases, some hilarious levity! *The letters series coincides with our current campaign to help us continue to build this site and community. Please view our campaign here – there are some amazing perks!*
Cycledork Letters: #5
by Stacy Gomez
It’s time to CHANGE those negative feelings about your period. Whenever you talk about your menstrual cycle, you only ever talk about how much it makes you break out, the painful cramps you always get, and the amount of money you have to spend on pads and tampons.
It’s time you CHANGE those negative feelings about your period. You always talk about wanting to love your body more and focus on your self-care. Well, being on your period is no exception. It is important to be more in tune with your body and keep track of your menstrual cycle, so that you can find ways to ease those cramps before they start. On the days that you do experience those cramps, you can use that opportunity to treat yourself to a nice warm bath. And how about investing in menstrual cups? They are less wasteful, which aligns with your goal of becoming more sustainable.
It’s time for you to EMBRACE your period. It has been a part of you for last 12 years of your life. I understand that you grew up with little conversation with friends and family about your period. For the first few years you were too embarrassed to ask questions, so you had to figure things out on your own. You’ve shared many firsts together such as not being ashamed of buying your own first box of maxi pads, or having your friend on the phone instructing you on how to use your first tampon, or getting to avoid that 5 mile run during P.E. Your period doesn’t get in the way of you going to school, work, or even enjoying sex with your boyfriend.
It’s time for an HONEST conversation about our period. We must continue to teach and learn from each other. This is a favor to ourselves and for the future generation of women.