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Breaking the Period Stigma

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Leigh was ecstatic when she started her period. She had heard about it from her mom and had been waiting for this moment for what felt like forever. But she noticed that her friends weren't as excited as she was. In fact, they seemed embarrassed to talk about periods, and some even acted like they didn't exist.


Leigh couldn't understand why periods were such a taboo topic. She knew they were a natural part of life, just like breathing or eating. So, she decided to take action and break the period stigma.


Leigh started by talking to her friends one-on-one. She told them about her experience with her first period and how it wasn't as scary as she thought it would be. She also shared some tips for menstrual hygiene, like using pads or tampons and changing them regularly.


At first, her friends were hesitant to talk about it. But Leigh kept the conversation going and made them feel comfortable. She also invited them to her SisterFriend Club at school, where they could talk about periods in a safe and supportive environment.


The SisterFriend Club was a hit! Leigh and her friends discussed everything from menstrual hygiene to period cramps to the emotional rollercoaster that comes with hormones. They even came up with a plan to break the period stigma at their school.


The plan was simple but effective. They would create posters and hang them up in the bathroom stalls, reminding girls to change their pads or tampons regularly. They would also host a product drive to collect menstrual products for girls in need.


Leigh and her friends worked hard on their plan, and it paid off. Girls started talking openly about periods, and the stigma slowly started to disappear. Even the boys at school started to understand and support the cause.


Leigh was proud of what she had accomplished. She had not only broken the period stigma but had also helped other girls feel more comfortable with their bodies. And she did it all by starting a club and having open and honest conversations.


Leigh's story shows that it's important to break the period stigma and talk openly about menstruation. It's a natural part of life, and there's nothing to be ashamed of. By starting a conversation and creating a safe space, we can help other girls feel confident and empowered.



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