The First Step to Combat Period Shaming Starts with Mom


With the many articles of period shaming and how to become brave and bold when discussing menstruation and blood, I approached a potentially embarrassing situation in an entirely different way than I would have a year ago. My daughter bled through her pajama pants, sheets and mattress when her period arrived, unexpectedly, during a sleepover with friends at my house. My daughter has a complex personality and although she is outgoing, when it comes to bodily functions, she is extremely timid.

I could barely hear her calling me from the bathroom, but as her voice got louder, I got out of bed to see what she wanted. When I cracked the bathroom door, I saw she had a box of Organyc pads in her hand, and she explained the situation in a desperate tone of voice, trying not to awaken the other girls. As we went into her room, we realized that the other girls were in fact, awake and staring at the pool of blood on her bed, looking rather terrified themselves.

I said, “Morning, girls.” I grabbed the sheets and said, “Let’s go learn how to wash blood out of sheets, because I guarantee you, this will happen to each of you at least four times in your lives and each situation will be just as embarrassing as this one. However, if you learn how to take out the stain as quickly as possible, you will definitely be able to save the sheets and mattress.” The girls looked terrified, but they followed my lead. My daughter was a mix between curious and mortified with a touch of someone suck me into the floor so I can disappear forever.

Periods happen, girls bleed. Do we really have to hide the blood and die from embarrassment when our own bodily functions occur?

No.

It happens to you, it happens to me, and it’s natural.

Therefore, I took the girls downstairs to the laundry room and explained different options for removing period stains:

Fresh blood is very easy to remove from clothes, as long as you act very quickly. Put on a pair of latex gloves, and rinse the blood stained area with plenty of cold water. The following are four options for the most stubborn stains:

  1. Marseille soap in a cream: spread it on a sponge, and let it soak for a few seconds. It is very important that the water temperature is very low: heat generally tends to penetrate the blood deep into the fabric.
  2. White vinegar: first wet the stained garment with cold water and then place it in a basin where white vinegar is poured. Leave it to soak for about half an hour. Then, rub the fabric on itself to try and dissolve the stain. Finally, rinse it with cold water, wash it as usual, and then dry it in the open air.
  3. Water-based solution and bicarbonate: Let the garment soak in this mix, and then rub the stain for it to come off.
  4. Dishwashing detergents: can be a viable alternative to try to eliminate blood from the fabrics.

The important thing is to intervene in a timely manner to prevent the stain from penetrating too deeply in the fibers.

After the lesson in blood stain removal, and the color started to return to my daughter’s face as she observed the stains disappear and her friends actually interested in the little life lesson, I asked who wanted pancakes for breakfast. All four girls raised their hands, so I told them to go clean up the bedroom and breakfast would be served in about half an hour.

During breakfast the topic of discussion turned to the most embarrassing period moments, and I watched as four girls laughed and bonded over girl things. The first step to banishing period shaming is to make sure our own daughters are not ashamed.

We also discussed which brand of pads and tampons they use. When I asked them if they actually read the ingredients in those products, and they said no – I pulled out the box of Organyc pads and explained that choosing a period care product made from 100% pure organic cotton is the best solution to care for our most intimate parts. As I flipped the last pancakes I told them to make sure they seriously study the products that come into contact with their bodies.

Women must feel safe and secure when purchasing feminine care products that come into direct contact with their most intimate body parts.

We are extremely proud that the following Organyc products have all earned Made Safe™ Certification: Moderate Flow Pads, Organyc Heavy Flow Pads, Organyc Panty Liners (Folded), and Organyc Panty Liners (Flat Packed)! We are currently working diligently to ensure that all of our products earn this fundamental certification.This certification signifies that they are literally made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, or ecosystems. It’s the first nontoxic certification to apply to products we use every day.

For the first time, you can find things that are safe to use on your body, with your families, and in your homes. Certified products are examined by scientists to ensure they’re made without known behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, flame retardants, GMOs, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high-risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.

Organyc® products protect and respect sensitive skin

In a large scale gynecological study, feminine care products like Organyc containing pure cotton solved skin irritation with a 90% success rate within 90 days.

It is estimated 60% of women believe they suffer from sensitive skin and many do, indeed, experience itching and irritation.  Cotton is soft, gentle and naturally breathable. Skin does not react with cotton. 100% pure organic cotton (the purest type) hypoallergenic products are highly recommended for women who suffer from recurring yeast infections.

If you would like to try a sample to experience first hand Organyc’s 100% genuine, organic cotton, click here for details.

Further Reading:

Proven Fact: Using 100% Cotton Pads Will Reduce Vaginal Irritation and Discomfort

Have the Period Talk with your Son, Not Just your Daughter

2018: 7 Reasons to Go Organic

 

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About Organyc sensitive skin feminine care products.  Organyc feminine care products are made of 100% organic cotton inside and out are the only brand which provides complete protection for you and your sensitive skin. They have unsurpassed absorbency and leak protection and are cotton-soft and gentle.  Conceived in Milan, Italy, they are now available at leading stores and ecommerce retailers throughout the U.S.  To order a sample (tampons, liners or pads) or learn more call 1-844-ORGANYC (1-844-674-2692 or click here.


EVVITA Study based on a test of 306 women with discomfort and irritation or itching in the vulvo-vaginal area. 70% regularly suffered from these symptoms.  50% of women in the study described the symptoms as ‘unbearable’ or ‘very annoying’.
The study was conducted by three leading French gynecologists in Paris with the support of the Board of Experts.  105 gynaecologists across France participated in recruitment.

 


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