Maisie Hill | Why We Need To Stop Normalising Period Pain



when my period pain was at its worse it was horrific absolutely horrific painkillers wouldn't touch the surface if I started my period when I was out in public sometimes I just had to lie down on the pavement and I hoped I'd be able to find a way to get home it was really full-on and really debilitating and life limiting as well when I came off the pill in my early 20s I embarked on quite a long journey to deal with that menstrual pain so I tried about you know every therapy under the under the Sun and found the ones that benefited me the most and they sparked my curiosity enough to go and training them myself and I was taught about the seasons of the cycle by a woman called Alexandra Pope who taught me about each phase of the cycle relating to a season of the year so winter spring summer autumn and she taught it to me from a more emotional psychological spiritual understanding of things but it gave me a great framework to apply what I knew about the biological underpinning of the cycle and a great way of understanding the hormonal shifts that happen so really it just gives us an easy way to make sense of the cycle and for menstruate us to be able to communicate their experience so I dealt with my period pain and that's also what made me really passionate about this work because period pain is common but it isn't normal and I think we're socialized more often than not into believing that period pain is is okay and it's acceptable and it isn't so my book period power is essentially a handbook for women and other menstruate errs who want to understand what happens in their bodies every month and also how to harness their hormones and get their cycle working for them understanding the menstrual cycle just makes life so much easier on a very basic level it gives a really fun clastic way of scheduling things into your diary and knowing when to capitalize on particular hormones as they're peaking so for example that might be public speaking or going on a date or knowing when it's a good time to refine the work that you're doing it also has a massive impact if you have particular points in the cycle that you really struggle with and you want to be able to figure out why they're happening or you need data to take to your doctor in order to have an appropriate conversation with them the most common criticism I have of this work is people can't really arrange their lives to suit their hormones and where they're on their cycle so I like to compare that to where the weather and if you know you know when your struggle points and the cycle are it's just like knowing if it's going to rain and you know you've got to wear proper boots and and take an umbrella with you so you know sometimes you're able to cancel your plans but more often than not you've just got to get going but it's having the right tools to make those days easier I think our attitudes around menstruation and people getting their periods it needs to be changed from a very early age you know a lot of beliefs and attitudes have passed down through families and some of them were not even aware that we have but it is I think starting to change just through the conversations that are happening online and with women getting more insistent that these conversations do happen and menstral health is going to be taught from an earlier age here in the UK in schools I think it's helpful for parents to be educating their daughters and their sons as well from quite an early a and it would I think gonna be really helpful if healthcare professionals are more up having the conversation or have more training in particular mental health issues your blood is thought of as something or seen as something that's disgusting and something to be ashamed of and a lot of menstruate errs will have been made to feel ashamed of or embarrassed by their bodies or feel betrayed by their bodies at some point so there's a lot of things that need unpicking in order for people to have a healthier relationship with their bodies and with their periods

One Reply to “Maisie Hill | Why We Need To Stop Normalising Period Pain”

  1. Er period pain is normal. Women have been dealing with it for millenia last time I checked.
    Trust the HuffPo to report on it like its a topic for activism. Fighting 'normalisation' of a bodily function. hahahahahhahaha.

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