Nowadays we still hear: “just let me be for a moment.” But the reason “because I am on my period” is still often left unspoken. Menstruation often brings hormonal and psychological complaints, and these vary for everyone. In some cases, these symptoms can be severe and require treatment. However, even milder symptoms make many women and girls feel the need to withdraw sometimes. The real first day of your period, the day when you are actually bleeding (not just a few drops), marks the first day of your new menstrual cycle. Each cycle lasts an average of 28 days, but this varies from person to person (usually between 23 and 31 days). The cycle is also metaphorically represented in seasons, and menstruation is – not surprisingly, I think – referred to as winter. Your body is working hard to expel the unfertilized egg along with the uterine lining, and this process requires energy. That’s why you like to grab a blanket or a bottle with hot water and need more rest. The hormone estrogen has decreased, which can make you feel less cheerful or sometimes more connected to your body, inwardly focused. IT’S 2021, AND IT’S STILL TABOO TO SAY “I’M ON MY PERIOD.” Among friends, it is discussed, but the saying “don’t complain, and carry on” is still being used. This has been rooted in to different generations and has been passed down by your mother, grandmother, etc. You might find yourself making vague excuses to your employer when you should feel fully accepted to take a sick day when your menstrual symptoms are so severe that you can’t work. Fortunately, more and more employers are becoming open to this. However, there needs to be more education and awareness for employers. Research has shown that if a woman takes a day to rest during a severe menstruation, her menstrual period becomes slightly shorter. What needs to happen to break the taboo around menstruation? We, as women, need to take up this challenge ourselves. Talk about it if you’re experiencing difficulties. It’s a fact that almost half of our population experiences this monthly. Research has been done on how long a woman is menstruating in her entire life. This amounts to about 2500 days, which equalizes to almost 7 YEARS! We need to dare to talk about it more openly, but there are also Gynecologists working on creating a platform. Here, new research will be published (a lot of research still needs to be done), information will be shared, and stories by and for women will be featured. We will, of course, keep you updated. A website where all the latest information about menstruation is published is Period!. If you experience heavy bleeding during your period, be sure to check out the site Bloedserieus, an initiative from the government to address Heavy Menstrual Bleeding properly. The intention is also to inform women (and their partners) who suffer from this condition. Are you looking for comfortable menstrual products that you can also use during heavy flow days? Then take a look at our panties with different absorbency levels: heavy, heavy-overnight, or super+.