EVERYDAY FEMINIST: That time of the month

Posted May 05, 2009 @ 04:50 AM

There are so many periods in a woman’s life. Literally. Menstruation arrives during adolescence and lasts decades, ending with the grand finale called menopause.

The taboo topic of menstruation affects most women throughout most of their lives, yet it is rarely discussed amongst women. Why? Most of us have to deal with it and many are not as informed about the biological processes as we should be… especially when there is opportunity to find humor in such a personal process.

Just today, a female family member explained a temporary mood swing as a byproduct of her period. She said she was flipping through TV channels, came across an old episode of “Little House on the Prairie” and cried her eyes out.

Now that, dear friends, is a great example of how our dispositions are altered pre, post and during our menstruation cycle. Ever notice how similar sounding the words “cycle” and “psycho” are?

A friend reminded me of the pill-free inconsistency of our periods, sneaking up and arriving, ironically, when wearing white slacks at work. Another similar frustrating scenario is the all too familiar “fake-end” of a cycle. Surprise surprise, others may notice its return before you do.

Centuries ago during their cycle, women spent days in a “red” tent during their periods. That must have been an interesting tent to be in, filled with empathy, humor, and possibly a stockpile of chocolate and potato chips?

I do believe that one can be liberated by experiencing our female monthly visits from Auntie Flo with a sense of acceptance, and embrace the unique and complex variations our bodies experience both physically and hormonally.

Dianne McDonald is a working mother who lives in Marshfield with her husband and five kids.

Comment from Leslie

Hormone balancing – using natural progesterone cream, living with your hormone cycle – and charting your menstrual ebbs and flows will take the “psycho” out of cycle.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.