The only thing embarrassing about periods is how shy we are when it comes to talking about them.
Whether it’s an awkward toilet shuffle with our disguised sanitary goods in hand, or saccharine-sweet adverts removing any mention of blood, the nation really has a problem with periods.
That’s why period positive charities Bloody Good Period and The Cup Effect are joining forces to host a period party.
While Bloody Good Period raises funds to provide sanitary products for asylum seekers and other women in need due to period poverty, while The Cup Effect provides menstrual cups for women in low-income countries as an accessible, sustainable alternative.
The party will use their expertise to offer guidance on using a menstrual cup, have taboo-busting conversations about the mystery of the vagina, and as the group say, general ‘fannylols’ will be taking place at the end of September.
‘Over the course of an evening, we’ll cover all you need to know about cups, fannies and periods in a small group of awesome, like-minded babes,’ said the two groups, known as CupAware.
And on top of that, the ticket price of £30 will cover the cost for a menstrual cup for an asylum seeker or refugee woman to have a cup and a fitting instruction session free of charge.
‘The price of ticket will cover the cost of an asylum seeker’s ticket. We are going to run a separate event for the women with specialist support and translators,’ said Bloody Good Period founder Gabby Edlin.
‘I just kept on thinking you can’t just hand a menstrual cup to someone and say “have this”. You need community, advice and support on how to do this. The Cup Effect founder showed people in Kenya and Malawi how to use them, so we decided to work together,’ she added.
‘We just want to give everyone a chance to try the cup. If it’s not for you, no judgement.’
Helping each other bust menstruation myths and disadvantaged women at the same time? It’s a win-win. We just hope that there’s more than one period party planned.