Woah, now if you’ve only started reading my blog in the past 6 months or so, you’re probably going to be a bit surprised at this post. However, if you’ve been hanging around for a little while now, then this post will come at no surprise – I think us girls need to talk about our female health more than we do! From periods, to smears to keeping healthy, it’s a topic which just doesn’t get mentioned enough and it is finally time to get comfortable. So grab a cuppa on this cold Monday morning, and let’s have a little chat around what that actually means.
One of my first posts on this blog was a slightly less well articulated article called ‘why don’t more women talk about periods‘, and I’ve pondered this topic a few times since then, why don’t we feel comfortable discussing something which happens to pretty much 50% of the population? And I’ve come to the conclusion that it is simply because it isn’t out there enough. We don’t mention it enough, we don’t blog about it enough and due to that, it can make us feel that little squidgy, awkward feeling in our tummies when it gets mentioned.
However, now that I have a little bit more of a readership than that first post, I think it’s time for a bit of a revolution! Canesten* got in touch with me recently, and they really reminded me of what I was trying to get at in those initial thoughts when I entered the blogging world. It’s time to talk about it more, it’s time for us to not feel a little awkward discussing which tampon is best (hey I’ve reviewed a whole lot of them if you need some inspiration), or encouraging others to be in control of our bodies. I believe that only with the knowledge of our bodies and what is best for it, then we will fully thrive. We fine tune our diets, our skin care and our make up based on the collective knowledge and views of the population, why can’t we do the same with this?
So this is my pact to you guys, my monthlies posts have fallen by the wayside, but I think it’s time to bring them back. It’s time to try and bring these issues and knowledge back into the mainstream and start just chatting more. The amount of female bloggers we have out there, surely we have a whole lot of experience to fall back on.
I also know that after having a couple of health scares, and coming up to turning 25 next year, reading posts on feminine health have really helped. Not only in making me feel less terrified about anything I may be coming up against, but in reminding me that it’s not just me that this is happening to!
So please, let me know in the comments what you think about this, why do you think we can be so awkward talking about a topic which affects all of us? What are your best tips for not feeling embarrassed about discussing your intimate health? I’m very keen to hear what you think! Plus, to help the conversation get started, Canestan are offering a £50 John Lewis Voucher to one of the commenters below, just enter through the rafflecopter!
*This post was written in collaboration with Canesten and the #GetComfortable campaign, but of course, all views are my own as I have been harping on about it for long enough!
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