The fact of the matter is, periods are still not normalized in society. While we continue to reduce the stigma, there is still a lot of period shame and taboo.
At Aunt Flow, we believe that helping to reduce such stigma starts with talking about periods and taking real, actionable steps to make a change. The talk MUST lead to action, beginning with openly addressing many common misconceptions about periods.
Periods are “gross.”
One of the most dangerous menstruation myths is the idea that periods are “gross” and, consequently, something to be ashamed of. Periods are a normal part of the menstruator’s body. When people think about blood in general, they refer to it as something dirty coming out of your body, like when you get a cut. Menstrual cycles have to go through this process to reproduce. Therefore, it is not “gross” or “unnatural.” It’s time the world understands that periods are NOT gross and are a normal part of life for menstruators! We even wrote a blog on understanding the color of your period blood HERE!
Only women get periods.
This could not be more untrue. Not all women have periods, and not all people with periods are women. Aunt Flow is an all-inclusive brand, meaning we are inclusive to ALL genders, identities and presentations. We took the action to remove “feminine hygiene” from all of our branding and replace it with “period products.” By actively changing our language, we’re creating a gender-inclusive community and promoting period inclusivity.
Menstruators should always know when their period will start
FALSE! Menstrual cycles vary and even with the best tracking apps, a period can start unexpectedly. Especially for new menstruators and perimenopausal folks, menstrual can be even trickier to plan.
Irregular periods indicate poor reproductive health.
Irregular periods are a perfectly normal thing. After the first time you get your period, it can take 6 months to a year for it to become regular. Some menstruators never have a completely regular period, and that is OKAY. There are a LOT of factors that can cause irregular periods and mess with your cycle, including the type of contraception you use, weight gain or loss, stress, anxiety, illness and intense exercise.
You shouldn’t use a tampon until you’re a certain age.
First of all, if you’re old enough to have your period, you’re definitely old enough to use a tampon. With that in mind, though, it can be really scary the first time you use a tampon. Every tampon box should include detailed instructions and warnings about tampon use. If you’re still unsure about it, ask a trusted adult for help.