Why You Need to Talk to Your Son about Periods
Here at Azah we often stress the importance of getting rid of the taboo of talking about periods. Instead, we intend to get women to start open, honest, and informative conversations about menstruation with their peers, elders, and most importantly- their daughters. Today we ask you- should the conversation about periods stay restricted to just women?
After all, nearly half the population of Earth experiences or will experience menstruation. Shouldn’t the other half then be included in this conversation?
The answer is- Yes, absolutely!
It is essential to include our sons in educating them about periods- more, if not equally as our daughters! Keeping them away will only aid in increasing the misinformation, ignorance, or stigma around this topic. To truly #BreakTheShush around periods means everyone participating in normalizing them!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your sons and explaining to them what menstruation and sanitary products are:Use Simple Language
Try to explain the process of menstruation in simple terms and don’t over-complicate it! Make sure they understand the general anatomy and timeline of a menstrual cycle.Alleviate their Fears
On hearing that women bleed every month, they might be scared or shocked! Explain to them that periods aren’t scary- they’re completely natural and normal to experience.Explain other Symptoms
It would be beneficial if you explain to them the other emotional and physical symptoms that accompany menstruation. Try telling them that women often feel tired or grumpy at that time of the month and its because of hormone fluctuations.Normalize Sanitary Products
Give them a brief overview of what pads, tampons, and menstrual cups are so that they understand their use. In the future, they might even have to buy them for someone, so they should know what they are!#BreakTheShush!
Tell them that the women around them, and soon their peers will or do experience periods. They need to know that this is a normal biological process. Further, they should be empathetic and conscious of what their friends and family are going through.
It is important to remember that our children are on their way to becoming future change-makers. Our sons and daughters may go on to become future leaders, managers, governors and take important decisions that impact society. It is thus essential that they are well aware of the biological and social aspects of menstruation that affects so many spheres of life- personal and social. Raising empathetic, informed, and open-minded children is the only way to step closer to a more period-positive and inclusive world!