It's 2017 and we still lower our voices when we tell a fellow menstruating person, "I have my period" when other people are nearby. It's seen by our culture as "private" — something not meant to be spoken about in "polite company" (whatever that actually means). As such, there are still a number of period issues we need to talk about more, because it's past time we normalize menstruation — a process created by nature itself. You can know that our culture still isn't fully comfortable with periods because the conversation continues to make heads turn and elicits strange looks; what's more, those who speak openly about menstruation are viewed as courageous and outspoken. This much is true — but the question is this: Why do we need to be so brave to talk about periods? Should it be easy, ordinary, casual?
Menstruation is a complex discussion, punctuated with many questions, curiosities, and mysteries. Regardless, there is one conclusion in the end that none of us can deny: Periods are normal, and they're never going away. For that reason, isn't it high time we get comfortable and start talking about it more? So much of it remains an enigma, and people who menstruate often endure it in silence. But we'd all benefit from confronting these seven period issues head-on.