My blog is a bit of a strange place, Tina from Girls Gospel was tweeting me about one of my first posts last week.
Honestly so embarrassing.
However, it also got me thinking, how both what I talk about and my outlook on my blog has changed.
Yes, it is still my safe space.
That said when I first started my blog I was never going to talk about my health.
These days, however, I find it therapeutic to speak about it. To share those trials and tribulations with others, without dwelling on them and perhaps helping others with those words.
The change in attitude isn't just towards my health though.
Menstruation is Here to Stay.
One post I did many years ago as well (2012 I just looked), was about tampons and your period.
Even now all these years later, I remember feeling awkward at the idea of talking about menstruation.
Something every woman goes through. Something so many of us has to deal with.
Yet in some ways, it is still a taboo.
It is a natural process our bodies go through, yet we seem to find talking about it wrong.
Periods in my Pre-Teens & Teens
I started my periods in primary school, I was an early bloomer as people often like to say.
Of course, this made me a brunt of jokes. My peers were still quite childlike, or just starting to change while there was not getting away from the fact I was already 5ft 5 and had big boobs.
To make it worse, my periods were a nightmare.
Physically painful and mentally exhausting, they were very heavy. In fact, I have been on the pill since quite young due to how they mess with me.
On top of the symptoms, periods gave me. I also found it hard to feel like I was safe from leakage or even odours, the feeling that everyone knew it was your time of the month was horrid.
However, thankfully things are changing.
Companies realise that teens need to feel safe and secure when having their periods. They have been there, felt the embarrassment and are making changes for the better.
So things like a leakproof boyshort are becoming more common. Helping young girls be more comfortable and not worry about leaks, odour or moisture. Amazing!
So while my tween/teen years when it came to periods were a nightmare, hopefully for coming generations things will be easier and that time of the month will be a less taboo thing to talk about.
How did you deal with your periods in your younger years, did you feel it is still a taboo subject in some ways?