The only thing I remember about the period education I received in school is that we talked about giving our jumpers to girls who were having a leak, and then a teacher put a tampon in a clear vase of water.
These are both things I’ve carried into running these programs, they’re memorable and not horrific, but even though I don’t remember anything that ended up being helpful when my own period began, unfortunately this is not everyone’s experience.
In fact, most people I’ve spoken to about this remember their period education in one of three ways:
- Periods were completely brushed over, hardly warranting a mention.
- They left absolutely terrified, completely ashamed and unprepared.
- The vital education was clouded by shame leaving the distinct impression that silence around menstruation was the expectation.
None of these are acceptable.
Neither is separating the cohort by gender, shuffling the girls into another room to whisper about the secret shames of our bodies.Read more