Every year on May 28th, Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated in order to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling menstruating people to reach their full potential. This year, Lunette wanted to focus on the similarities of the challenges menstruators face around the world because no matter what part of the world we come from menstruation is a taboo subject everywhere - we have all faced some shame or embarrassment in one way or another. We were so thrilled to have partnered with Fida International, an organization focusing...
I began my menstrual journey at age 15 with a belted pad and knowledge that a week each month my body would betray me.
I was lost where periods were concerned and embarrassed to ask for help/advice because all my friends started at 12. My periods were so heavy that I wore plastic panties and still leaked often. I remember leaking on my clothing and what I sat on at school, on the bus and at home.
When did you get your first period? Teens with a uterus usually start their first period around the ages of 10-15. Although some young menstruators will be educated on what to expect before and during their period, there are many young teens who won’t.
The shocking truth is that in some countries nearly half of the people getting their period for the first time don’t know what is happening to them. With 60% feeling scared, 58% feeling embarrassed and nearly half saying they didn’t feel confident enough to tell anyone about it.
...because that’s where many of us spend most of our time! Unfortunately, your menstrual cycle doesn’t work around your busy work-life schedule and, depending on your symptoms and job role, this can present obstacles for many of us. Obstacles we need to be talking about.
According to Homelessness Australia who used census data from 2011, approximately 105,000 people, or one in 200 Australians, are homeless. 44 percent of these people are female.
If you do the maths, that’s a lot of people who menstruate sleeping rough tonight who don’t have access to safe, clean menstrual products, bathrooms and other basic needs.
Lunette’s mission this year is all about #PeriodPower! For the past few weeks we’ve been talking a lot about why periods are powerful, how we can start to break the taboos and spreading the word on social media. Which is all well and good but….does anyone else feel a bit disheartened by it all? We believe it’s so important to share the realities of how people’s quality of life can be negatively affected by menstruation all over the world and, crucially, how it doesn’t have to be like that at all! But it can feel a like a big problem....