Both of my girls have had uncomfortable experiences in school where they have been questioned, reprimanded or faced punishment from both male and female teachers as a result of managing their periods.
Far too many male teachers are embarrassed by the topic and we have found that many female teachers show a level of compassion based only on their own experiences.
Considering that in most schools - half of the cohort is female - we believe that it is time for the 'taboo' around periods to be lifted - particularly in places of education.
We would like to see all teachers:
- being trained on, not just the mechanics of the menstrual cycle, but also the physical impact and the practical implications.
- having an understanding and respect for individual differences; knowing that different children experience the menstrual cycle differently with repect to length, heaviness of the bleed and pain.
- to know and understand the impact that starting a period has on a young girl for the first time.
We would like to see the steps that schools take written into government and school policy.