Going back to when I was 14 years old, I remember going to the movies with a few of my friends, both male and female, to see the infamous movie, “MEAN GIRLS.” I was sitting next to my friend Steven and remember him saying, “That girl has major PMS,” after Regina let Gretchen know that she was NOT allowed to have hoop earrings. At that moment, I realized that Steven and many other young girls and boys had a negative stigma regarding PMS.
What made me think of this story was a recent encounter I had with a group of 14-year-old girls at a Middle School assembly. One of the girls started to ask questions about using a tampon and the application process. Before I was even able to answer one of her girlfriends said, “I saw a young girl talking about tampons and her period on my favorite reality show.“ (I won’t provide the show name.)
Then another one of the young girls said, “I am not sure I want to talk about tampons with my father because the dad on the reality show wasn’t happy that his daughter was talking about tampons and periods.”
This started a great conversation amongst the girls and me. We talked about sanitary hygiene products including tampons, pads, and liners. We also talked about the positives to sharing period stories with friends, family, and even your father.
This situation was a first for me. I had never experienced a group of young girls talking about a reality show and comparing it to their own life on such an intimate level. These girls really listened to this show and absorbed what was said wholeheartedly. Social spaces – whether it be online, social media, television, and magazines – can portray menstruation in a way that’s unrealistic, gross and embarrassing.
It is so important to seek out the right information before you believe the first thing that you hear regarding your period and every other social issue. It is so important to ask your parents questions and feel comfortable talking about your period with people that you love and trust.
never tried one but i would take advice from some one that has the same flow, and some one i trust. eg. mom,older sister, older girlfriend." - nessi89
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