I am on my Periods

“I am on my Periods, I am bleeding”, how it can be different from breathing or digesting. It’s just another very normal biological phenomenon.

But people are uncomfortable to talk about it; they feel embarrassed even if they talk about it…Another stereotypic impression.

“We are not shy anymore. We are not dealing with any nuclear bombs as Shreya said. We, the girls are likely to bleed for between 2,000 to 3,000-plus days in our lifetimes. So this bloody thing is no more a taboo.”

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The author is a Quality Assurance professional by experience. Part Quantitative data analyst, part consultant for quality and information security practices, part software tester, she is a writer by passion and blogs at http://wordsandnotion.com and http://qualitynotion.com/.

One thought on “I am on my Periods

  1. Sangbad

    March 4, 2017 at 11:53am

    You two are letting me rewrite an essay I had written a few times back…by Monday I hope I’ll post that…

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  2. Mick Canning

    March 4, 2017 at 3:40pm

    As I commented on Shreya’s post, this is entirely due to Patriarchal society, as she says. It is another way for men to try to hang onto their domination of women.

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      Akhila

      March 4, 2017 at 5:28pm

      Could be.. And she is also tuned very much to listen ve in that way.. Hiding under a mask

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      • Mick Canning

        March 4, 2017 at 5:32pm

        Definitely. The test of whether it is anything to do with male-dominated society is: are women ashamed to talk about their periods with other women? If they are not, then it a male issue.

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    Akhila

    March 4, 2017 at 5:30pm

    Ya.. Its not a sin and shouldn’t be a taboo

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  4. gserpent

    March 4, 2017 at 6:39pm

    This is a patriarch thing. Matriarch cultures did not hide this. They saw women as sacred because they were purified with the moon. The American Indian created the purification lodge for men because they could not naturally purify like women. We know it today as the sauna. So you the next time you go in a sauna realize it was a beautiful right. This patriarch world is all about fear, shame and all things natural being taken away.

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      Akhila

      March 5, 2017 at 1:53pm

      Everything is blamed upon patriarchy. Again isn’t another way of emphasizing the men’s world

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      • gserpent

        March 5, 2017 at 5:21pm

        It is a man’s world, but why? You look at nature and everything is balanced. So why do we put up with this masculine imbalance? Its a long story. I go into deep into this in my work. Until the sacred feminine is brought back the world will remain unbalanced.

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  6. Moushmi Radhanpara

    March 5, 2017 at 4:41pm

    It is the society that has ingrained on us that it is a taboo, and we have to ‘extra careful’ on our periods, and our ‘pads/tampons’ shouldn’t be left callously or god forbid be seen by others.
    It is just a normal biological change for women then why cant’ it made normal in the society too. Why such a big fuss?
    It is time we just made less fuss about such petty issues and grow up and accept that getting our period is just ‘normal’.

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      Akhila

      March 6, 2017 at 4:46pm

      Yup, growing up with that mindset is the only way to have a society where periods are not a taboo… at least this thought must be promoted when today’s kids are grown up..

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  7. thewritewomanblog

    March 6, 2017 at 8:58am

    Good morning, Akhi! How are you, my dear?
    A powerful piece, very well expressed.
    I had a friend, whose cousin never did get her menarche, but physically she looked and had attained every other aspect of puberty. Being a strong-willed young woman, she took it in her stride but deep inside she always thought of herself as incomplete.
    The monthly menstrual period, among many other physical attributes and emotional strengths or weaknesses, are simply what make a woman complete and if there one feeling, it is only one to be proud about. However, this mindset is slowly and steadily changing and education is a major catalyst to this change.

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  8. Prajakta

    March 7, 2017 at 2:47pm

    Hear hear! It is long overdue that we embrace our bodies for what they are… and what they do. I am so happy that my workplace has now installed a vending machine for sanitary napkins! We are all shocked, pleasantly so. It is definitely a step forward.

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      Akhila

      March 7, 2017 at 8:11pm

      Wow.. it’s definitely a great move..it’s missing in many a places..

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  10. aishahnaaz

    March 11, 2017 at 2:27pm

    I can’t agree more!! Even when you shop in malls, I see people covering the sanitary pads with other stuff on their cart. Also when billing and packing, they make sure it’s concealed enough not to be seen outside. ! Like we’re actually carrying a bomb!

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  12. tingleurtastebuds

    April 28, 2017 at 3:51am

    I think we Indians like to keep few things secret and we dare not talk about it to children also. Not a right thought. Need to come out of the shell to view world is still revolving.

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      Akhila

      April 28, 2017 at 8:05pm

      True that…live by example.. Start at home itself

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