The Power of Intergenerational Conversations in Breaking The Period Taboo

11/09/2020

After years of experiencing debilitating menstrual cramps and countless visits to the doctor's office, one day, my doctor said, "have you ever asked your mother or grandmother what their period experiences were like?" At first I laughed, for those are conversations I assumed were too inappropriate to talk about due to the period taboo that exists my community and many others.

One day, as I was laying in bed suffering from menstrual pain, my grandmother made me some tea and instead of saying "thank you" and closing the door like I usually do, I asked her to sit on my bed. I then proceeded to question what her period experience was like when she was my age. Little did I know this conversation would be so comforting and the steppingstone to understanding, embracing, and loving my flow.