How can I educate my friends and family about menstrual health conditions?

It really does depend on the individual relationships that you have with those people. Being a menstrual wellbeing coach, I talk to everyone and anyone about menstrual health. So some tips I picked up along the way are be really open if you're comfortable to talk about how menstrual health conditions affect you personally, that will really help people kind of understand what's going on, what things are, what could be happening for somebody. Being patient is definitely a key one here.

We've had to learn how to overcome these conditions more or less overnight if we wanted to keep moving forward with our lives. But it can take a lot longer for somebody else to come to terms with.

If it's a family member, what's happening with you, it could be quite upsetting for them. So an element of patience on your part is really key and be ready to answer the same question over and over again. I think that's pretty self explanatory. Somebody will ask you the same question five times. Don't get frustrated, just kind of answer the question as best you can.

If there is a topic that is particularly sensitive for you, do let that person know that actually, set that boundary. Actually, I don't want to answer questions about this particular topic with you. Can I direct you to a resource instead? Is absolutely fine.

On that note, offer resources, charity website for the NHS website or blogs of people that you trust would be really helpful for somebody to go away and do their own research. Don't force it. If someone doesn't want to talk about menstrual health, you can't really force them. They're not going to engage in a conversation. If it's a conversation they don't want to be part of.

Don't lecture them, have an open discussion and you can absolutely have some really enjoyable discussions about menstrual health. So sit back, relax and enjoy those conversations.

Katherine Glyde

Menstrual Wellbeing Coach

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