Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day.  It’s a day to talk about the problems women around the world face in dealing with their periods.  There are a lot of girls who miss a lot of school because they lack access to any menstrual supplies for dealing with the situation.

In the U.S., where I live, there’s a lot of women who live in debilitating pain once a month because many doctors don’t take menstrual pain seriously. Personally, I’m angry that birth control was never offered or even discussed as an option for my period pain.  We have the ability to make periods not really a thing but because “Zounds, women having teh sex!” is a topic up for public debate and stigma, it’s not something we do a lot.  In general, actually, we don’t like to discuss menstruation unless we need to dismiss women’s words or actions.

The whole point of Menstrual Hygiene Today is to make every day a good day, even a day spent menstruating.


Featured Image via menstrualhygieneday.org

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Elizabeth is a professional belly dancer, a flaky computer scientist, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She lives in Georgia (the state of the U.S., not the country) but is nonetheless somehow not a combination of stereotypes from Gone with the Wind and Deliverance. Her personal blog is Coffeefied. Operafied. Fluffified. Beglittered.

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