Periods. A conversation topic that too many of us have avoided or been embarrassed by. But why?
The answer is simple: we don't understand them.
In everyday society, our periods get hidden too often and reproductive health is ignored in fear of awkwardness. But in writing this book, we didn't care about awkward. We care about keeping you healthy and empowered.
For menstruators, we touch upon it all: What are your "private parts"? Why do you bleed for a week every month? What does caring for your sexual health look like? If you have concerns, who can you turn to for professional help?
If you're a nonmenstruator, don't put this book down yet! We believe your role is just as important –– we cannot destigmatize menstruation without your help! You can learn how to best support menstruators and not silence their realities. How might you be contributing to the taboo, even if you aren't aware of it? And why do menstruators bleed, anyways?
Let's dive right in and answer these questions that you've had for too long. Let's educate and empower you to start conversation about menstruation, and to change the taboo for future generations.
Let's Talk Periods.
Note: This guidebook is meant to be children-friendly, with many visuals, diagrams, and schematics included throughout. That being said, it is also written to be just as informative to any older age group as well.
This book was authored by Lauren Kim, Jessie Liu, Dorina Kodreanu, Brynn Jacobs, Michelle Koh as well as other current students at Harvard University who worked with the Massachusetts Menstrual Equity Coalition. To reach out with inquiries you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at mmmcoalition.com.
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