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No More Bloody Secrets

(NMBS) 2020

We wanted to end this year on a high note and what better way to do so than to spill some

'bloody secrets' !

We believe that Period talk will be the pivotal method to rid the world of menstrual stigma.

In order to push this movement forward we will be conducting quarterly interview series where we encourage men and women to have open and honest conversations about periods.

Our NMBS 2020 Campaign video was released during the last week of December.

 

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Help A Girl Out NPO Canada

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No More Bloody Secrets

(NMBS) 2019

Help A Girl Out launched the "No More Bloody Secrets" campaign in April 2019.  

 

Our directors, volunteers and their networks flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds with positive arguments surrounding menstruation, in an effort to remove the shame and stigma from the conversation.

Menstruators shared funny, embarrassing and heartfelt stories of their experiences periods and gender based inequality.

My Period Story

Let's Talk & Fight the stigma - Do it for the next generation.

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

I was born in a country where I was not educated about periods and neither was my mother. She couldn’t afford period products so we used cloths.

Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

We should end period poverty in Canada because it is expensive and it’s something you can’t control.

Women who use medication for their period (cramps or headaches) should not need to pay for the medication.

 

Do you have any uterine illnesses that you’d like to share your experience with others who may not know about it

 

I have no uterine illnesses, just really bad cramps during periods.

— Anonymous

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

Yes, I have experienced period poverty in Uganda and in Canada 


Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

 Because it is unhealthy and hygienically it is not safe. 

Do you have a period story you would like to share? 

Yes, back in Uganda. Back then one of my family members would sit on a heap of sand (soil) during their menstrual cycle so that the blood could drip into the sand. Family members would bring you things while you would have to stay sitting on the sand until your period finishes. However, in the night you would use a cloth so you could sleep.  

— Anonymous

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

Fortunately, I have never been through that in my life but I know so many histories of people, that have been living in period poverty, where there’s nothing to eat, for them and for their children, they can’t pay their rents and they have to live in the streets.

On the other hand, the government doesn’t help, so they have to survive for themselves and not every story has a good ending.


Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

First of all we should get [to know] the people and ask what are their needs, and maybe change our tax system (in Canada it works pretty good but not in Latin American for example). Some systems don’t work for period poverty, so maybe we should analyze and work in the field and then we can find some real answers.


— Anonymous

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

I have never experienced period poverty, I have always had access to items that I have needed.

 

Do you have any uterine illnesses that you’d like to share your experience with others 

 I suffer from endometriosis where I have bad cramps and
heavy flows, that sometimes prevents me from going to work and as a child it would prevent me from
going to school. This would cause me anxiety and I would have fear of people knowing that I was on my
period.

Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

I believe that in Canada they should end period poverty.

By ending period poverty it would help females that are less fortunate stop reusing the same
pad or tampon for an extended period of time which could cause health concerns.

— Anonymous

Do you have a period story you’d like to share?

I suffered from severe cramps from the time mine started around 11 yrs. I had to stop [attending] school on the first and last day of my menstruation each month because that is when I had the most crippling pains.

I noticed it ran in my family with all the women having bad cramping issues, heavy bleeding some were diagnosed with endometriosis and irregular periods.

 

I started the birth control to regulate my period and help with the cramping. I was on them for ten years and came off two years ago. Since then I have still been regular and few months I have brutal pains but never as bad as what it previously was.

— Anonymous

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

I have not experienced period poverty personally but I know people who have.

Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

Many women cannot afford sanitary pads/tampons, I think feminine hygiene and feminine care products should be free for every woman. 

I strongly support the idea of easy access to feminine care products.

 

We as women can not do without them or we face the embarrassing consequences of not wearing them, unlike other things we have choices, periods are biological, we can’t control it and it doesn’t matter rich or poor as long as your a woman, we go through it monthly and some of us religiously. 

Period poverty is tied to financial stress so making it accessible means relieving so many women from such stress.
 

— Anonymous

Have you ever experienced period poverty?

I have never personally experienced period poverty, which I am grateful for but I understand that it is a very real problem for many.

 

Do you have a period story you would like to share? 

A period story I have was about one of my first periods. I was in boarding school and it was a very painful period. The school nurse refused to give me any medication because she believed I was exaggerating my pain and the medication was meant for "more important" things due to a scarcity of medication. I spent most of that day on the floor in my room and did not attend any classes or eat anything because I could barely move. AN availability of period products may have helped me that day. 

Why do you think we should end period poverty in Canada and in other developing countries?

 Women makeup half of the world's population and most women experience their period monthly. To go several months without products to help your period means you focus less on your well being, these women are less productive and there is more stigma around periods. I think period poverty should end because it seems to be a problem that can be easily fixed since governments and period product companies can afford to end it but nothing has been done about it because women are second class citizens in a lot of these countries and so their issues are seen as less important.

New stories are being submitted monthly!

Send us an email;

helpagirloutcharity@gmail.com

to share

your period story!

All entries are anonymous.

— Anonymous

Studying

Periods x Canadian Student

I am a student and a member of a low-income family, I commute and pay for school through OSAP and do not have enough time between my assignments and responsibilities to hold down a part time job. Most days, I have less than $15 in my account.

A majority of the time I struggle to buy sanitary pads. I tend to rely heavily on friends and family but I can't always do that. Before HAGO, I wouldn't even consider asking anyone outside my circle to help me, it was too embarrassing and the term 'period poverty' made me feel small.

I really wish sanitary pads were offered at my school, even if I had to pay 25 cents, I'd take it one pad at a time.

 

There are a few dispensers at my school but they are all empty and broken, I doubt that they'll ever be fixed...

Anonymous

Muslim Women and Periods

Periods x While Muslim

I got my period when I was 11 years old. I was very aware of it since all the other girls in my class had already gotten theirs. I was so happy because I felt like it was a rite of passage to womanhood. 

I have never personally been embarrassed of my period, however these feelings were inflicted/projected on me multiple times growing up.

During the month of Ramadhan when females get their period, they are excused from having to fast because of the already not so pleasant symptoms we experience let alone having to be hungry on top of it.

The older women would shame you when they saw you eating in front of male family members, even your own father and brother. Because apparently them seeing you eating lets them know that you are on your period which is apparently something we are supposed to hide, and be ashamed about. Or rather conceal out of “respect” they would say.

I disagree. As a female, this is something totally out of my control, obviously. 

Anonymous

 Periods and Mental Health

Periods x Missing Class

Back in high school, there was this one time I got my period during a test. My cycle is very irregular so I never know when my period would start so I usually bring products with me in my bag, but that day I didn't...

The exam was like 15 minutes in when there was a gush in my pants, I had the overwhelming feeling that when I got up it was going to be everywhere so I just sat there.

As I slowly worked my way through the exam, all I could focus on was how I was going to get myself out of class and where I was going to get a pad or tampon.

After the exam, I waited until the students behind me left and  dragged myself across the chair to erase the evidence. And when I got up, I lowered my bag over the stain and immediately left school.

The exam was first period, I missed that whole day and fell behind in my science class because a really hard concept was taught that day. If support was offered at school then I would have stayed.

Anonymous

Child Learning Numbers at School

Periods x Unexpected

Back home in Kenya, when I was 15 years old, I had leaked through my white uniform skirt in class. I recall shortly after standing up, my friends urgently signaled to me that there was blood on my skirt.

They then escorted me to the washroom, literally creating a mini circle or 4 girls all through the hallways.

Although it is an embarrassing feeling to have leaked through your skirt, I feel like the additional shame and level of concealing we have to go through is unnecessary, especially in high school where everyone, males included should be well educated on a female’s menstrual cycle and what it entails. 

During the first couple of years of my period, I felt like my period held me back in school. I struggled with extremely bad cramps and I didn’t know about taking medication to relieve the pain. I would miss gym class, debates and computer class just to remain behind and rest my head on the desk as a result of how much pain I was in.

Anonymous

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