Despite being a normal bodily function, periods are often treated as something you should be embarrassed about. The stigma around periods can reduce the opportunity for those who menstruate to develop a healthy relationship with menstruation.
Myths and Misconceptions About Periods: Let’s Set the Record Straight
One of the best ways to understand not just your own but others’ experiences with menstruation is through open and honest conversations with people you trust. Unfortunately, because menstruation remains somewhat of a taboo subject, misconceptions can negatively affect how people relate to this natural process.
Numerous myths circulate around periods such as how long should they last and how often should they occur.
Your body undergoing changes as you develop can be a confusing and difficult time and it’s really important that you feel comfortable and feel well-prepared to deal with these changes.
We have created a poster to help bust a few of the most common myths about periods and hopefully answer some of the questions you may have.
Periods: A Shared Experience
How you feel and the things that you go through during your menstrual cycle may feel unique to you, but if you were to discuss it with your friends, family or doctor – you might find that your experiences are not as individual as you may think.
Wateraid estimates that on any given day around 800 million people around the world are menstruating at any given moment in time.
It’s time to embrace the conversation and break the silence. Discussing periods should not be a one-time thing. Just as your body develops and changes, so can your period.
Where to Find Reliable Information About Periods
The NHS offers comprehensive guidance: NHS – Periods.
Childline provides valuable insights: Childline – Periods.
Empowering Women and Girls in Cricket
The recently announced partnership with The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Initial Washroom Hygiene (Initial) is founded on a shared ambition to ensure that menstruation does not hold women and girls back from being involved in sports.
As part of this partnership, Initial is supplying In Cubicle Period Dignity Dispensers to grassroots cricket clubs with girls’ sections. These dispensers will provide free and discreet access to period products, most importantly, at the point of need.
With the support of the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation, a successful pilot programme took place in Derbyshire, and is now being fully rolled out across England and Wales.