International Women's Day: Periods.

In light of International Women's Day, let's talk periods.


Uncomfortable? Good.

Talking about menstrual health has always been somewhat taboo. And while we've progressed quite fairly as a society (i.e. menstrual cups and emojis), some of us are still stuck when it comes to the mental illnesses and implications that come alongside a menstrual cycle.



Premenstrual Syndrome & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Ever heard someone go, "Ugh, are you on your period?" 

Saying things like, They're acting off because they're just on their period! or Why're you eating so much? On your period or something? can be – for a lack of better word – hurtful.


If you didn't already know, periods are hard work.

Aside from the buffet of blood and gunk, 1 in 20 individuals suffer from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – it is an endocrine disorder that affects both physical and mental health. It’s a serious and severe disorder, one that is similar to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). 

Making snide comments and using inappropriate language to mock – while unintentionally – someone going through a rough enough time isn't the kindness that's called of us as beings. 

Not only does a disorder like PMDD mess up hormones, its side effects include mental illnesses like depression and suicide ideation


As a community, normalising conversation about PMS and PMDD can encourage others to accept and understand their feelings. We shouldn't shun the topic away as if ignoring it will have it disappear – as a community, we make the difference together.

These two disorders are a few of many that not only take a physical toll on women but are detrimental to the mental health of these individuals as well. It is crucial that we identify these effects and treat the disorders with a sort of respect, understanding the severity of the mental illnesses that come around with them.



Grace and kindness goes a long way – we'll never know what another is facing and we can never walk a mile in their shoes, no matter how hard we try to empathise. Instead of simply trying to understand, actions taken in benevolence and encouragement is one we should take. 
Tell me how you're celebrating International Women's Day in the comments or send your story in – tell us about your struggles, your adversities, a life lesson. We want to hear it.

Til' next time.

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