I don’t understand why something that is so natural, is so gross to some people. Women get periods. That’s what it is. Once a month for 3-7 days (on average) a woman bleeds. She has to shed all the nonsense from the last 28 days. It’s the body’s way of saying “you didn’t have a child this month, so I’m going to cause you pain for a few days”. The problem isn’t the period itself, most of us are used to it by now. The issue is the way people act about periods, because men are uncomfortable. We sugar coat how we even address it because the word makes them cringe. Periods are difficult, uncomfortable, a week of feeling like the most garbage person ever. That has to stop, we cannot continue to shield men from shit we have no control over. Much like a pregnancy, the week of a woman’s period should be to wine and dine her at home with her favorite foods and a warm compress and if she’s feeling extra wavy, some weed or Tylenol for the pain. It is the year 2022 and periods are more taboo than they were back in the day. While having her body shed from the inside out, a woman is still expected to do everything as if nothing is going on. This post is more for the men than it is for the women but I hope the ladies at least laugh with me. Here’s 5 ways to stop being such a little bitch when she’s the one on her period.
Call It What It Is– it’s a period. A menstrual cycle. It’s not a red devil, red dot, moon days, aunt flow, shark week. No she’s not on “her thing”. It’s a period. Don’t make it weird when it’s not. The only reason women have been using period euphemisms is because men can’t handle the word period. It’s not a gross word, it’s not yucky. She is on her period. Why do we have to continue to do weird shit so you won’t feel uncomfortable. I’m not saying shout it from the rooftops because some women don’t like everybody knowing, but at the very least, call it what it is and stop acting like a 5 year old.
Stop Blaming Everything On It– she’s not being a bitch because she’s on her period. She’s being a bitch because she’s asked you 3 days in a row to empty the dishwasher. She’s uncomfortable and you are being annoying. Nobody wants to be bothered while they are bleeding. Not all her mood swings are because she’s on her period. It’s not funny. We don’t need to constantly be reminded that our body is doing things beyond our control. The jokes aren’t funny.
Spoil Her– Don’t think that pregnancy is the only time you should be taking care of her. Get her what she’s craving, rub her feet, watch rom-coms with her. Periods hurt. They are really uncomfortable. You feel gross, your face looks crazy and you just want your partner to make you feel like you’re not as slimey and yucky as a demagorgon. Put her favorite tshirt (that is probably yours) in the dryer and add her favorite blanket too. Set her up with snacks and a movie once she’s out of the shower. She’s not going to look her best, trust me, nobody wants to look pretty when you’re one cramp away from death. Get her what she wants and shut up.
Sex (TMI sorry)– Okay so period sex is complicated. Some women like it, some love it, some don’t want anything near them. Alot of women get really horny during their periods.This is a tricky one but if she doesn’t want to, don’t insist. I know it doesn’t feel differently for a man but for a woman it does. This one isn’t up to the men. Let her decide. If you are one of those men that is grossed out by it. Don’t make HER feel like she’s the gross one. You can say that you want her to just let her body relax and she should take time to just chill. For the love of god don’t say it’s because you think periods and blood are yucky.
Understanding what comes before and after- Periods aren’t a one week thing. I mean the bleeding is, but there’s so much more complicated shit that happens during the month. The week before her period is probably a lot worse than the week of. The PMS week is so shitty. You get insane cravings, you get phantom cramps, you are so bloated you swear you gained 20lbs over night. you’re moody as hell. You spend the week in constant panic of “am I pregnant or is my period coming” That’s a tough week for her too as her body is preparing to rip itself to fucking shreds. The days that follow are weird too. You’re okay for a few days and then you start ovulating. Some women get ovulation cramps. If you’re trying to have a baby those are the best days, but if you’re trying to hit raw, maybe stay away from her for a few days. Menstrual cycles are rough just be mindful of what her weeks are like.
It’s just a fucking period. Stop making it so weird. And women, please, stop talking about it like it’s the Illuminati when you’re around men. If they are uncomfortable that is their problem. Call it what it is and treat it as what it is. Women are phenomenal. We are strong powerful creatures more complex than even we know. But we are strong. We create children, we can bleed for 7 days and not die. We have boobs! So at the very least, men should stop making us feel so disgusting for something we cannot stop. Trust me, no woman wants a period. It isn’t our favorite time of the month either, but it happens. We can’t stop it. We just have to deal with it. Stop acting like we do when we’re the ones shedding, don’t make it about you.