Girls Would Rather Be Bullied Than Speak To Parents About Periods

On top of that, 43% believe that periods are an “off-limit” topic for discussion and 87% said they have gone to great lengths to “hide” their periods.

“Historically women’s health and women’s issues have been hidden or traditionally not spoken about,” explained Dr Radha Modgil, GP.

“Things are improving in this regard but it does seem like not talking about periods is still an issue that we need to break.”

Less than a third of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their dads.

Another recent study by girls’ rights charity

Parents are being encouraged to speak honestly and openly about periods with their children, to help prevent girls thinking it’s a “taboo” topic.

A study by Bodyform, shared exclusively with HuffPost UK, revealed 52% of the 1,000 girls surveyed would rather get bullied at school than discuss periods with their parents.

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On top of that, 43% believe that periods are an “off-limit” topic for discussion and 87% said they have gone to great lengths to “hide” their periods.

“Historically women’s health and women’s issues have been hidden or traditionally not spoken about,” explained Dr Radha Modgil, GP.

“Things are improving in this regard but it does seem like not talking about periods is still an issue that we need to break.”

Less than a third of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their dads.

Another recent study by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK also found nearly half (48%) of girls aged 14-21 in the UK are embarrassed by their periods.

The survey of 1,000 girls found less than a third (29%) of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their dads.

So why is discussing periods such a taboo for young people?

Modgil believes it’s because people do not talk openly about the topic, which leads to a lack of understanding and means myths circulating about periods are never set straight.

On top of that, parents may be avoiding bringing up the topic with their children because, as Nadia Mendoza from The Self-Esteem Team, puts it: Periods aren’t pretty.

‘Periods are a bit gross’

“It’s no wonder it’s not an easy topic to talk about — periods are a bit gross,” she said.

“They are unpredictable, leak through underwear, pass in clots, can be any and every shade of black-red to brown, cause chronic cramps, affect mood, and leave you wandering around with something that resembles an adult nappy or a piece of string dangling between your legs. They ain’t pretty.”

But Mendoza said parents need to know it’s okay to bring this topic up with their children, adding: “What isn’t okay, is the fact periods are entrenched in shame.”

Plan International UK is now calling for the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum to incorporate lessons that teach girls and boys, together, about the physical, personal and

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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