“If men could menstruate … clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much…. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free.
Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of such commercial brands as Paul Newman Tampons, Muhammed Ali’s Rope-a-Dope Pads, John Wayne Maxi Pads, and Joe Namath Jock Shields, ‘For Those Light Bachelor Days.’” -Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine
No one says it better than Gloria Steinem. Why are we uncomfortable discussing certain issues but it seems that no topic is off limits for men? Have you ever wanted to ask an embarrassing question but just could not do it?
Because we women often feel uncomfortable discussing certain “personal” issues, we may never find out if our experiences are not normal in comparison to other women. It’s time to have the discussion about those certain issues that leave us a little uncomfortable.
Gloria Steinem hits the proverbial nail on the head with her reference to menstrual cycles. It’s not exactly typical dinner table conversation, but by not discussing it, millions of unnecessarily women suffer through heavy periods that impact their daily lives. If you knew that you did not have to suffer, wouldn’t you talk with your health care professional about treatment options? Well, heavy monthly bleeding is not normal, and you do not have to suffer.
No, it is not a pleasant topic but it is an important one. Menorrhagia, abnormally heavy monthly bleeding and prolonged menstrual cycles, may be due to abnormal blood clotting or disorders of the endometrial lining and may be associated with abnormally painful or heavy periods (dysmenorrhea). Niether Menorrhagia nor dysmenorrhea are considered “normal” so if you think you have either one it is important to speak with your doctor.
If you have any questions about heavy periods or that time of the month, the Reproductive & Pelvic Health section of HealthyWomen.org is a great resource. Simply go to: http://www.healthywomen.org/healthcenter/reproductive-and-pelvic-health. HealthyWomen.org has some fabulous informative articles for your reference. Check out: The Latest on Lighter Periods, Treatment Options for Heavy Monthly Bleeding and Ask the Expert.
So go on and have that uncomfortable conversation. Make Gloria Steinem proud.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and received a promotional item to facilitate my review.