If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know we are big advocates for shunning period shame and losing the taboo. It’s no secret that periods are unfortunately a social stigma globally.
The Period Taboo:
Each day we read stories about individuals made to feel ashamed for having periods. We hear about the embarrassment some individuals feel when on their period. We witness negativity towards individuals who experience common things such as period leakage. And we hear about women choosing to hide their tampons up their sleeves when in public environments. Periods are natural and they are normal. So why does shame surround them?
Why we Should Stop the Silence:
It’s so important for women to discuss menstruation. It’s crucial for our self-esteem and to also protect the younger generation from anxiety about getting their period. The silence surrounding periods also means we just ‘deal with periods’. Many women suffer with period related discomfort and symptoms in silence. Women can also ignore potential health warnings, which can be detrimental to their health. This can be a health disorder such as Endometriosis, or a life-threatening disease such as Ovarian Cancer.
We want to encourage open, honest conversations about periods. No-one should feel embarrassed to chat with doctors/friends/relatives etc about their period. We are all in this together and we can learn from each other.
We’ve decided to meet conversation with action and launch a #TalkingPeriods campaign. We’ve paired with a range of real-life bloggers who share our passion for losing the taboo. Together we will be ‘’normalising’ period talk by discussing all things period-related. Funny period stories, worst ever periods, period hacks and loads more. Everything will be honest, open and transparent.
This campaign is so important to us. We encourage you all to get involved using the hashtag #TalkingPeriods. If you join in the campaign then you could also win* a 6-month TOTM subscription plus one of our popular cosmetic mirrors! Simply share your story or thoughts on the taboo, and remember to use the hashtag #TalkingPeriods. Let’s discuss periods and make menstruation mainstream. And in the words of Saloni, “If you try to hush-hush us, we’ll only scream louder”.
*To enter the competition we’re asking for users to share a period related tip or story on either Twitter (tweet) or Instagram (post) using the hashtag #TalkingPeriods. All uses of the hashtag will be monitored and logged by TOTM to enter users into a competition. Comments and replies using the hashtag will not be counted as an entry. The winner will receive a 6-month subscription to TOTM (6 cycles, maximum of 3 products p/cycle) plus a single ‘Be Kinder To Your Vagina’ cosmetic mirror. The competition closes at midnight on 22nd October 2017. The winner will be selected at random and announced on social media. TOTM will attempt to contact the winner directly. The winner will need to respond to provide product needs and address details. All products must be claimed by 31st December 2018. TOTM has the right to withdraw this competition and any further promotions at any time and without permission or notice.