Ooh, I do like a bit of alliteration 😉
So…lots of you health-conscious, social-media connected ladies will have seen this blog post about a mouldy tampon, right? I saw it, shared by Feminine Wear on a well known social media site, and decided to post it to my wall. This is the conversation that ensued (no names):
D: havent used them since a teenager ,a doctor once told me if all women could see what he saw in examinations,e.g mouldy remnants left behind internally,women would never use them.
Me: OK, I’m convinced!!
J: Viv you need a moon cup.
Me: Think you’re right J – I do have washable pads but supplemented with tampons on heavy days cos not been brave enough for mooncup lol. This might be the motivation I need tho!
P: That is truly shocking. Kotex attitude stinks! How can they even pretend that selling a mouldy tampon presents no risk? Gross!
T: Too much information thanks Viv!
P: Women have become too afraid to talk about their own bodies. Why? I don’t think this is too much information at all. Thanks for posting x
T: I think the male friends of Viv may disagree with you!
D: they should man up then
Me: What she says 😉
So, who is right? Is sharing such things in a place where male friends might potentially read them in bad taste, insensitive, “too much information”? As you can see I sided with a friend who considers that such a man should “man up”. To me, this is an important health and social issue and I don’t think it should be swept under the carpet. And if that means sharing information about my personal choice of menstrual solution then so be it. Men are also fathers, husbands, healthcare professionals…I hope they wouldn’t be embarrassed or ashamed or shocked to read about – SHOCK HORROR! – menstrual pads! And maybe they might talk to the women in their lives about what products they use, and what health risks these might potentially involve. And that’s where I stand.
On the subject of menstruation, my lovely friend Motherfunker of Feet on the ground and head in the clouds blog recently gave me the gift of Lucy H Pearce’s book “Moon Time”
I haven’t had chance to properly read it yet, but it seems to be a really positive book, with lots of idea for women to get in touch with their bodies and their menstrual cycles. I will try and do a proper review when I’ve read it, but figured that this was a good time to mention it!