Men ... don't be embarrassed to talk about periods
Women tend to speak about periods in hushed tones whenever men are around. So we were delighted to hear from Sam (a male) at Zero Waste Perth that he'd written a blog about our #TrialPeriod campaign.
Working in a predominantly female environment, occasionally the office chatter strays into stereotypical gender-based topics. However, with the recent launch of the #Trialperiod campaign there has been much discussion around reusable sanitary products and working on a consumer behaviour change campaign here in Perth, I was keen to find out more.
Taking away the taboo
As the only male member of our team, whenever this discussion has been raised in my proximity there is often a comment made on the assumption that it’s embarrassing for me to be hearing anything around the subject of periods. But why should I be embarrassed, or anyone else for that matter?
Periods, time of the month, menstruation or whatever you call it is a perfectly natural process of which, biological reasons dictate only one gender is affected. However, just because males don’t experience this doesn’t mean we should be avoiding these conversations. I completely understand that talking about one’s own experience can be a personal matter but, in general there should be no taboo attached to this discussion and it’s up to us all to ensure that any preconceptions are dispelled.
Which one for you?
There are three options currently being promoted by the #Trialperiod campaign specifically; reusable pads; menstrual cup; and period pants. Each of these options are currently sold by the Scottish based social enterprise Hey Girls but alternative options can be found online from a wide variety of merchants so by all means shop away and find what works for you!
My partner is trialling the reusable pad option currently sold by Hey Girls which, are made from a blend of water tight fabric and absorbent bamboo fibre layers, providing both comfort and security. These are sold in packs of either five day pads or five slightly wider and more padded night pads. At first glance the price may appear steep (£32.50 for the day pads or £37.50 for the night pads) however, they should last for around five years which according to my admittedly rusty maths skills, works out at either 55p or 63p a month. It’s also worth noting that for this price you are also donating one pack to help tackle period poverty so not only are you getting a really functional product, you’re also supporting a very worthwhile cause.
After use they are fully machine washable so they can be mixed in with your regular washing cycles without any requirement for special treatment. Once washed, the pads dry nice and quickly and fold away nicely into the spotty bag provided for their next use. The pads should last for up to five years and
So far it’s been a thumbs up from us both. From a purely practical aspect, the pads are comfy and much more absorbent than the disposable pads she had been using up till this point (medium absorbency for info). As for myself, having just completed the first wash cycle I can confirm they washed brilliantly in with my typical laundry load and they were dry in next to no time at all! Perhaps the only criticism we’ve found so far is that the pads themselves are a tad bulky although they are by no means restrictive.
So why not have your own #Trialperiod and give reusable sanitary products a go? You’ll be reducing what you need to throw away and might find yourself a better option in doing so.