My Mighty Periods

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Recently, a male friend asked me “What’s it like to have a period?” I replied him “Bloody hell.” He laughed, but persisted by musing over the fact that we’ve all been taught about female menstrual cycles in Biology class, but other than that, girls are left to get on with it. All my friend knew was that when his girlfriend was ‘on’, it was his duty to turn up at her house with plenty of ice creams and candies. The pain that many of us feel whilst on our periods is difficult to explain to someone that doesn’t have a womb, or hasn’t begun their periods; certainly, even my own Mum’s explanation to me about a “heavy, draggy down pain” couldn’t quite prepare me for menstrual cramps.

And so, when my male friend asked me about my own experiences with menstruation, a question I hadn’t expected was “How do you cope, with so much blood?” That “so much blood” I thought. This question really got me thinking: how do we get used to menstruating? I realized that after 2 decades, I just get on with it. It’s something I expect, in fact, if it didn’t appear each month I’d get a bit concerned. Quite a lot concerned, actually. I’ve both giggled and sympathized with friends about the inconvenience, the months where it stops and starts, the months when a random, breathtakingly painful cramp hits you, the months when you begin craving food you’ve never even tasted.

Now however, I’ve realized, it’s not something to be ashamed of. Despite Instagram and Facebook’s recent censoring of photographs containing menstrual blood, the backlash against this has empowered me to celebrate my period. I see it as part of becoming a woman. I recognized, when a friend was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries (and so cannot have periods,) how sacred they can be. Many many women suffer hugely with them, having all sorts of injections and procedures to cease them completely, which is entirely understandable.

I’ve come to see menstruation for what it is: a representation of my ability to carry a fertilized egg, my future child. One day it will open the door to motherhood, which I personally, see as one thing. A blessing.

And so, the next time I’m asked “What’s it like to have a period?” I think I shall answer with:

“It’s a blessing in disguise and I am HAPPY TO BLEED”

And it will not stop me from finishing the tubs of Baskin Robbins.

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4 thoughts on “My Mighty Periods

  1. O this one was interesting! There were times when I was naive and used to do things that I was told. But not anymore. I do everything that I do on a normal day. Including my prayers. God is the one who made this, and imagine if a girl wouldn’t have this or wouldn’t bleed in time, it would be something she’d worry about all her life! This is the most healthy sign for any girl, then why to shy away from it, right?

    Glad to know we think alike 🙂

    Cheers
    Geets

  2. I really liked the article. There is so much stigma that is created around having periods. Making it as huge as celebration of the girl child like a bride in Assam, where she is locked away for a week or as subtle as that shopkeeper giving you the sanitary pad in a black plastic bag. Why should anyone be ashamed for this? We did nothing wrong by bleeding. God, created us like this.

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