9 reasons we don't talk about periods and why we should.

I am a 21-year-old female. I've been having periods for 9 years now and will continue having them for another 25 odd years.

Periods happen to every woman, so why do we feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about them?

The same reason we don't talk about many female issues - fear of feminism, thinking its gross, unnecessary, 'that doesn't happen in 2018'. Well, it does.

We are not equal.

1) 'She's moody because she's on her period..'

This is something that most women will hear multiple times in their life. It is true that emotions and hormones are heightened during menstruation but we are still people. Could there be any possibility that you actually just upset this person? That they are reacting perfectly normally to what you just did or said? I'm pretty sure it would be normal if it was a man reacting the same way. Just have a google. You'll find many articles telling you how to 'deal' with your girlfriend, sister, female coworker while they're on their period. Do we need to be 'dealt' with? Could you just be nicer maybe? But of course, that blames someone else, someone who's not female and someone who never gets a period.


This is spoken about a lot, and shouldn't need explaining. Tampons and ALL sanitary products are essential to a women's life. They cannot be compared to 'luxury' items. They cannot be compared to hygiene products such as razors. They are essential.

3: Ew blood.

A lot of people are still majorly grossed out by periods and blood in general. A lot of these people being women too. Periods are something that happen and unless you wanna have a baby now, you're stuck with them. They're normal, very normal. And shouldn't be considered gross or disgusting, by anyone.

At this point, I know that some people will see this as just another radical feminist writing. That's exactly what this is. Menstruation is not radical, its life.

4) It's just not something that should be publicly spoken about...

It's private. I understand some women may not want to discuss periods on the train with strangers. We should at least be able to talk about them to our family, friends, teachers, medical professionals and anyone that you wanted to. I don't see a reason why we shouldn't talk about periods, apart from very old patriarchal ideas that women shouldn't speak up for themselves. And I will add that, we never ignore male health.. we always speak about that.

So why should we?

If the reasons above don't convince you that it is utterly stupid to not talk about mensuration then maybe these will help.


Honestly, they are. They are a bodily function that happens to all women. That's all they are and all they should be seen to be.

6) So