Periods might be a fact of life for more than 50% of the population, but the sad truth is, plenty of people think that we don’t need to speak about them in public. Like, ever.
But that doesn’t stop those of us who have them from, you know…having them. And also acquiring some pretty specific and useful skills in the process. So today, we celebrate those, give you your virtual merit badges, and say “we see you out there.”
#12. Passing clots like a champ.
Just another day in paradise, right?
#11. Using your pelvic floor muscles to hold in an overflow until you can dash to the bathroom.
This takes some serious skill.
#10. Placing a pantyliner to avoid overflow.
Not too far forward, not too far back…
#9. Perfectly folding a menstrual cup for your specific space.
And also emptying it without a spill.
#8. Doing yoga poses to insert/extract in ridiculously small public bathrooms.
Is there a class for that?
#7. Making a pad out of toilet paper.
Because let’s face it, as in tune with your body as you can be, there’s always that day you forget the extra tampon and need it.
#6. Maintaining a Zen-like calm when your period is late.
This one requires some super chill, y’all.
#5. Finding a tampon with a broken string.
It’s happened to all of us and no, we don’t really want to talk about it.
#4. Being a “period fairy” for others.
You always have an extra stashed somewhere, just in case.
#3. Looking like you’ve got everything together while walking around with a charlie horse in your midsection.
I’d like to see a man successfully execute the same.
#2. You’re an expert at removing blood.
Whether it’s underwear, sheets, jeans…you’ve got this.
#1. Hiding a tampon on the way to the bathroom.
Even though it’s so stupid and WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS?
*pins badge* *beams*