It might be the season of witches and werewolves, but your period is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about. Tavia’s menstrual product subscription service will make sure you’re ready to get your spook on this Halloween season.
But, for many young women across the world, periods are the source of very real fear and confusion.
Even in developed countries, many girls aren’t given the kind of period education they need before their bodies take that first step toward womanhood.
In many of the communities we help, lack of period education is compounded by social stigma and inadequate access to feminine hygiene.
Part of Tavia’s mission is to help as many girls as we can. It’s not just about making sure girls can stay in school, though that’s our main goal. We also want to make sure girls and women, the world over, have access to the information and care they need to make periods something to take pride in.
It’s time to take the spook out of menstruation.
Here’s what you can do.
No More Hiding in The Dark
One of the biggest things anyone can do to help take the fear out of menstruation is to educate yourself, and other girls and women, about your body’s cycle.
The only thing that’s really frightening about menstruation is the number of menstruation myths people still believe.
Knowledge is power. Let’s get powerful!
Ready to Learn More?
If you’ve taken a sexual education course while you were in school, chances are your teacher told you that menstruation works on a 28-day cycle and that your period can last 3-7 days of that cycle.
That’s a pretty good average, but the truth is that everyone who has a period has a slightly different cycle.
One great way to learn more about your period is to keep track of your cycle on a calendar. After a couple of months not only will you know when you need to put new feminine hygiene products in your purse, you'll likely notice other important parts of your cycle.
Of course, there's a lot of information available about menstruation. Books, articles, studies, and blogs have all been written on the subject. But nothing is as powerful as your lived experience.
Check-in with your body, see how it feels at different points in your cycle. Use the books to learn more about the process, and your own cycle to learn about yourself.
Another important step you can take, if you have daughters or nieces, is to have a period talk. Especially if they haven’t had their first period yet, your experience is the best thing they have to help prepare.
If you aren't ready to have that conversation or don't know how there are a lot of period-books out there that you can use to get started.
Use What You Know – It’s Powerful
Have tips and tricks you like to use to make your periods easier? Favorite hygiene products? Raspberry tea and dark chocolate? Pass on that information.
Don't be afraid to talk to other people too. Talk with your friends, see if they have period-management strategies or rituals. Whoever you’re talking with, ask if they have questions, or ask questions yourself.
Talk to your sons, your husbands. Menstruation isn’t just a woman’s issue, it’s part of the human condition and there’s no reason people without periods shouldn’t learn about them too.
With your help, Tavia is working to reduce period stigma in the Western world, and for the communities, we help in East Africa. But, together, we can do so much more.
Halloween is best with a little spook, but periods aren’t. Let’s get rid of the fear, and learn to celebrate ourselves, our bodies, and yes, our periods.
Will This Really Help?
Doing this really will help girls everywhere. Learning to have this conversation and bringing periods out into the open, makes it possible to identify stigma and accessibility problems, and do more.
Tavia’s school sponsorship program is a step in the right direction, but we also need to spark more conversations, more ideas, more solutions. Help us take the myth out of menstruation.
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