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A Shared Passion to Eliminate Period Stigma

Posted by Shaunna Kelly on 20 March 2023
A Shared Passion to Eliminate Period Stigma

Periods don’t have to be an uncomfortable topic.  Hi, I’m Shaunna (She/her), new to The Period Purse (TPP).  One of the amazing things that brought me to TPP is the desire to eliminate the stigma associated with periods.    

The topic of periods can often be uncomfortable for menstruators, especially for those who experience extremely painful periods. It becomes more awkward because the pain is difficult to hide and may be debilitating at times which creates anxiety.  Some common worries are: Where will I be when it comes? Will I be in a safe space? Will I have the resources that I need? Will I have to use a sick day again this month?  Increased education for all people can help eliminate the uncertainty that many people experiencing periods face each month.  

My hope is that by contributing in a positive way to TPP, we can continue to eliminate that stigma together, creating a better understanding of what our bodies are going through in those times of need.  Menstruation is a natural process and sometimes requires accommodation from others.  When those accommodations are delivered void of judgment, it makes the process easier.  

We each experience periods differently and it may vary from month to month.  A better understanding that we are not all uniform in our experience helps improve accommodation.

Author:Shaunna Kelly

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