Each week, we will be asking people who get their periods to talk about their relationship with their menstrual cycle. Feel free to get in touch with us via email in order to submit your own Period Piece. Thank you to all menstruators who choose to share their stories. By doing so, you are helping to break the taboo and normalise the topic of menstruation. I don’t really remember the specifics of when I got my first period. Other than the fact I was around 12 years of age, I don’t remember exactly where I was, if I experienced menstrual cramps, or whether I was suffering from PMS. As I’ve gotten older and more accustomed to my menstrual cycle: undoubtedly, I will get...
Society makes it taboo to talk about periods. Especially for men. My dad probably didn’t know how much that would make me feel embarrassed and how it perpetuated the fossilized belief that our periods are something we should hide. Not only men do it, women do it too, and I often catch even myself cringing inside when the subject is brought up around men.
I was 13 when I realized that I had bigger concerns than heavy periods. I was in class when I felt a sharp pain in my pelvic area and doubled over in pain. Within an hour, my mom had picked me up and we were in the emergency room. An ultrasound and a few questions led to the conclusion that I had an ovarian cyst rupture, and I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
I now use a menstrual cup that allows me to see at a naked eye the characteristics of my menses. Why would you want to do that? Simple: by observing the blood every month (color and volume), it reveals secrets about my body, including how healthy I am. I now control my fertility by reading the subtle changes in my body (this is called the symptothermal method).
Ask yourself:Are my periods too heavy and painful?Do I have acne due to a hormonal condition? Do I have frequent mood swings/depression?Do I frequently and easily gain weight?If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, I feel your pain, because your pain is also mine.