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10 Powerful Stories from our #OnMyPeriod Campaign
Neddy (she/her)
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6.18.2021

"#Onmyperiod" is our evergreen campaign! We wanted to start a movement where anyone who menstruates is empowered to keep riding their ambition while menstruating, and where people can honestly share their menstrual experiences. Even though periods can feel like an isolated or individual experience, by collecting these stories we have found that periods are a lot more shared than we thought. Let's talk periods, let's tell stories!!

Have your own "#Onmyperiod" tale? Post it on your Instagram and tag us @itsaugust #onmyperiod or DM it to us!

"I bled through my jeans and took my final exam #onmyperiod" @baddiemelo (she/her)⠀⠀

"My name is Melody! I am a University Student in Toronto, Ontario, Studying for my Bachelors of Social Work #onmyperiod! Driving 1 hour to my Exam unexpectedly, I parked, looked down, and oops! There was blood leaking through my pants! Choice was simple, go to my exam with this spot, or go home with a zero and change? I WALKED RIGHT INTO MY FINAL EXAM!!! Red spot & all! I passed with flying colors, I am not ashamed!"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

"I resisted sharing this #onmyperiod" @nadyaeddy (she/her)

"Being the Content Director here at August, I knew this was the type of picture we were looking for, so i took this shot. I went to drop it into our archive but when I was about to hit upload, I paused.

For the first time since I started posting on this page, I was forced to grapple with my own internalized period stigma--was I comfortable with posting an image of something I have spent my entire life feeling was so deeply personal and taboo for the world to see?

After looking inwards, I realized that fighting to end period stigma is a lot easier to do when you're amplifying other menstruators' images and stories. So here is me, sharing all of my bloody realness in hopes that I can inspire you to trust me with your period story."

“I dance naked in my room with a bottle of Aleve next to me #onmyperiod” @rugratsinparis (Gender fluid)

"My name is Grey..., I’m a 23 year old queer AfroIndigenous artist and vigilante, I’m mostly known for my work in curation, casting, and creative direction. I stand for those who are no longer standing and stories that have changed and shaped me for the better.

My period has sadly been a heavy experience that through the years I’ve grown more accepting with. I still have an aversion to getting a period, but I’m learning to not let my body and the way it works be the source of too much pain for me. Periods exist temporarily, like everything else in my life and I’m okay with that being how I interpret them.

I think the dehumanizing responses to periods as a whole being dominant in culture and tolerated is a stigma in my eyes and needs to be remedied.”

“My left boob expands to 2x it’s regular size #onmyperiod” @nadyaokamoto (she/her)

“Im not sure why this is! It's been like this for as long as I can remember--who can relate to this one?”

“I have mood swings both off, and #onmyperiod” @neroliharper (she/her)

“My BPD and ADHD symptoms worsen when I’m #onmyperiod. Sometimes, it’s hard to decipher which disability is being triggered. For the most part, I live and breathe mood swings.

On top of the mood disorder symptoms and my undiagnosed learning disorder, my PMS was something to dread. When the pain and blood was gone, the mood swings were still present. Part of me always felt like an imposter, suppressing myself to appear ‘normal’. My diagnosis of BPD and ADHD, finally helped me explain why I acted and thought differently than others. It helped me better myself and happily live my life with these disabilities, instead of blaming my mood swings on my period, I knew there was work to be done on myself.

I’m more than my mood disorder – I’m a dancer. I was 14 in a dance rehearsal when I sneezed, and got my first period. My leotard and tights were stained and dripping with blood. I was too scared to tell my male dance instructor, so I lied, said I was getting over a cold. I wore my coveralls the rest of the rehearsal.”

“I love myself freely and intentionally #onmyperiod" @thehealthyhollows (she/her)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

"I’m Lauren! My mission is simple: sharing the evolution of my wellness journey while exploring self-love, body positivity, and the power of self-awareness, manifestation, and believing in your own endless opportunities to grow.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The societal stigma I wish to break is being afraid of talking about our experiences and symptoms with periods. I believe this only puts another layer of separation over normalcy. We go to the doctor when we are sick, so we should also be able to talk about the power of mental health, especially when it comes to women’s health."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

"I have a photoshoot in my big undies to feel empowered #onmyperiod" @xelliesweetx (she/her)

"I get body confidence issues #onmyperiod" so I took some pictures in my big undies during my menstrual cycle to feel empowered and beautiful like we all are at all times.⁣" @xelliesweetx (she/her) ⁣ "I saw this campaign from August, and I was so excited because it is all about reimagining periods, this needs to be seen as normal because too often we feel shame for something that is uncontrollable. We shouldn’t have to feel ashamed to get a tampon/pad out of our bags to take to the toilet. We shouldn’t feel ashamed if we have to leave somewhere because of a period issue. We don’t choose to bleed every month, we have too and we can’t be ashamed about what is natural."

"I’m not a woman when I’m #onmyperiod" @theeczepanski (they/them) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

"My relationship with my period has always been confusing. I was told for years that my period was something that made me beautiful and strong. That it was something to be observed with reverence. I got my period when I was 16 years old and I felt anything but normal when it came. With few educational resources in a cis-normative world, my period made me feel isolated and alone; like I was the exception to some rule in a game I didn’t sign up to play. My period ran circles around me, rulebook in hand, until I fell to the bathroom floor wondering why I was so bad at being a “girl”. When I realised I was nonbinary, a weight lifted from my shoulders. My period became a health issue instead of something I must learn to love and embrace while I endured. I felt myself seperate from the expectations of the world. Stepping outside the stigma has set me free."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

"I get emotional #onmyperiod" @rubyy_moon (she/her)

"Something that is joked about a lot are feelings x periods. Emotions are no joke though. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I recently listened to a podcast by Brené Brown who had 2 researchers on explaining that Emotions are like a tunnel. There are 3 ways to process an emotion. 1) You turn back and go the way you came in, so, not really making it through at all; 2) You get stuck or lost in the middle and experience emotional burnout; and 3) You face the emotional tunnel head on and even if it is slow and scary, you make it out the other side. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being #onmyperiod heightens my emotions. Something I've been trying to work on is recognizing when my body is telling me to CHILL OUT and noticing before I face burnout. Honouring your emotions is a lifelong journey but as a menstruator, it's kind of nice knowing I get a chance to practice once a month."

"I rest #onmyperiod” @avasbody (she/her)

"society is so focused on productivity. how much can you can get done in 2 hours, they ask? well, during my period, i slow down. this is the time our bodies may be freaking out a bit. that’s why taking time to yourself, relaxing, and checking on your well being is so important.

Here are some things i like to do when i’m on my period:

  • eat chocolate (i ALWAYS crave it when im on my period!)
  • take a hot shower
  • lie in bed and watch a good tv show
  • meditate
  • journal
  • talk out my feelings with a loved one
  • drink lots of water

this won’t make your period any easier physically, but it may help your mind relax. on your next period, try slowing down instead of forcing yourself to maintain your productivity level. see how rested you feel when your period is over"

-- @avasbody is a fat, body positive account looking to dismantle diet culture, talk about mental health, and work on establishing a better relationship between our bodies, food, and self worth

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