Things You Should Learn About Periods in School | The Hormone Diaries Ep. 20 | Hannah Witton | AD

Things You Should Learn About Periods in School | The Hormone Diaries Ep. 20 | Hannah Witton | AD


– [Hannah Witton] Um, um, um, um, um, um. (claps) That’s a bum. Is there and ready to go. (upbeat music) Hey everyone, welcome to episode
20 of The Hormone Diaries. We’ve done 20 episodes! (cheers) (laughs) If you’ve been here from the start, wow, thank you so much, if you
are new to this channel, to this series, hello,
welcome, I’m Hannah, this is The Hormone Diaries, where we talk about periods and contraception and all of that good stuff, or bad stuff depending on your experiences. This episode is sponsored
by Always as part of their End Period Poverty campaign which I am so proud to be supporting, and now Tampax are actually partnering with Always to help
donate even more product to students in need. On International Women’s
Day, I went to a school in Nottingham with Always,
more on that later, and based on the questions
that I got from students whilst I was there, and
also my own experiences, I’ve come up with a list of ten things that we should all learn
about periods in school. Number one, this isn’t really a thing that you should learn but more of how you should learn it, and I believe that all students, no
matter what your gender, should learn about periods. I do think that there
are some value in having some spaces, or some classes, that are just for people who do have periods, so that you can talk about certain things, but I don’t think that the people who don’t have periods should
be excluded completely, because then you’ve just got
this imbalance of knowledge and imbalance of experience
and it’s just not going to help people be able to empathise and support and really
just like understand what is going on with their peers, their friends, et cetera. So I do think it’s really important that everyone learns the same stuff. So everyone is like on the same page. Number two, we should be taught that periods can be irregular, especially at the beginning, so
especially during that time when you’re at school, your period may be all over the place. Usually it does settle down, but also we should be taught about
why our period might continue to be irregular and the things that can affect your menstrual cycle. I actually did a whole
video on reasons why you might miss your period
other than being pregnant, and I think explaining
a lot of those things when you’re in school,
would be really useful. Things like stress, things
like overexercising, things like chronic illness,
excessive weight gain or weight loss in a short period of time, all of these things can have an impact on your menstrual cycle. But it does not mean you’re pregnant, but still take a pregnancy
test, just in case. Number three, we should be taught about period poverty in school. And that is exactly what
I was going to Nottingham with Always to do, and
I’ve got a bunch of clips to show you from that day. It is International Womens Day, and I’m in Nottingham and
I’ve come to a school here, the Carlton Academy, and
I’m here with Always, and we’re gonna talk
about End Period Poverty, and periods, and just have a chat with some of the school girls here. And I’m really excited! We’ve arrived at the school
and part of the donation drive is that Always are donating the pads and Tampax are donating
tampons to the Red Box project. And look at this! We’ve got a massive red
box to collect donations. Look at this! So many! I can hear them all. Teenagers, teenagers! Hey everyone, can you all hear me okay? Yes, good, okay, so yeah I’m Hannah, and I make YouTube videos
and I talk a lot about sex and relationships and bodies and so that’s kind of brought
me to a lot of the work that I do with Always. 91 percent of girls have
been asked by friends for a pad or a tampon, and 32 percent of girls effected by period poverty tend to perform low average in class. Over half of women admitted
that they were less confident and happy as an adult due
to period poverty at school. So it can have like lasting effects on young girls if they
experience period poverty in school for whatever reason. How do you think we can
normalise periods for boys? I think, like, unashamed
of you talk about it in front of them. I, this took a lot of me,
but I do remember one point having a conversation with a friend, someone mentioned something about periods, and then a guy friend who
we were with just went ew, gross, and I remember, I mean,
I don’t condone shouting, but I yelled at him, I
like, was yelling at him like how dare you, you don’t
have to experience this, and you’re here saying ew gross, don’t you think that,
like, that contributes to us internalising the grossness of it? Anyway, so, maybe shout at them, but maybe don’t do that. (laughs) This is something that
the school gives to girls if they know that they do miss school because of their periods
and they don’t have the means to get central products. So there’s like a whole
little kit of tampons and pads and stuff in there
from Always and Tampax. And it’s just a little survival kit. I realised in that footage I’m wearing the exact same top, it has
been washed since then. (laughs) Thousands of girls miss school because they can’t afford sanitary protection and this can have a detrimental effect on their lives as adults in
terms of their mental health, and their relationships,
and their confidence. So far Always has donated 14 million pads to students in the UK, and now, Tampax are getting involved
and partnering with Always on this mission to end period poverty and are also going to
be donating products. There are also ways that you
can help to end period poverty. So for every pack of Always
Ultra, Always Platinum, Tampax Pearl and Compact Pearl
purchased in Boots stores, one product will be donated
to the Red Box project. Also, if you head over to my Instagram, you’ll see this photo
which was me in the school, on International Women’s
Day, with the red box from the Red Box project with
all of that donated product in it, if you go and like that picture or comment on that picture,
for every engagement one product will also be
donated to the Red Box project. So, this is easy, all it
takes is a little double tap, and a little comment, and
you’ve donated some products. And moving on to number four. We should be taught about
PMS coping mechanisms, and we should also be
taught about the difference between PMS and PMDD. So PMS is Pre Menstrual Syndrome, and PMDD is Pre Menstrual
Dysphoric Disorder. And it affects a smaller portion of people who have periods, but it’s basically like PMS but more extreme, more severe, can get in the way of daily life, daily activities, and can
have a really negative impact on your mental health. Any kind of pain or distress
due to your menstrual cycle should be taken seriously, and not just shrugged off as normal. Number five, we should
be taught about things such as PCOS and endometriosis. So PCOS stands for
Polycistic Ovary Syndrome and basically your ovaries
don’t release as many eggs and you might have higher
levels of testosterone and so you might have less periods, more painful periods, you might experience some things related to testosterone such as facial hair growth
or difficulty losing weight, and endometriosis can cause really heavy or painful periods, it’s
where the uterus lining grows in places other than the uterus so such as in the fallopian tubes and it’s really a serious
medical condition, and not a lot of people know about it, and experience really horrible periods for many years without a diagnosis. So I think those things
need to be taught about in schools without it
being like fear mongering but definitely just make
students aware of these things. Number six, we should be taught about the different options that are out there for period products. So you’ve got your pads, your tampons, you’ve also got menstrual cups, you’ve got period underwear,
you’ve got cloth pads, there are loads of
different options out there and also, just to make it known that a lot of people use different products during different parts of their periods. So you might use tampons
for the first few days then you might use pads
for the last few days, you might use pads at
night but menstrual cup during the day, it’s kinda like makeup. You don’t just use like
one brand of makeup on your whole face, you like, take, you just use, you use different products for different things that you need. Number seven, speaking of products, we should be told where we can
get period products for free, so which teacher, which office, is it the school nurse, or does your school
have a red box as well? We want to end period
poverty and to make sure that no more students are missing school because they can’t afford
sanitary protection. And so it’s really
important to inform students of where they can get
that product for free. Especially if it’s in the school. I’m pretty sure when I was in school, it was always the school nurse that had free sanitary
protection and also condoms. (laughs) Number eight, we should be taught that you can still have
sex on your period, and you can still get pregnant. It is a very common myth
that you can’t get pregnant if you have sex on your period and that is just not true. There is still a chance that
you can have sex on your period because sperm can live up in uterus for up to seven days, so if you’re having sex towards the end of your period, and then you ovulate a week later (claps) that sperm is there and ready to go. (laughs) And also just normalising period sex, and normalising periods in general. Like it’s not gross, it’s not weird, you’re not dirty, like
period is just period, and it’s fine, and it’s just
a normal bodily process, and there is nothing
disgusting or gross about it. And, like please, if you think that just, move along don’t tell me. Number nine, we should be
taught about contraception and how about that may impact your cycle. Obviously different forms of contraception will have different effects
on different people. There is no one size fits
all when it comes to it, absolutely not, unfortunately. But I think it’s really important to make us aware of the fact that, contraception can affect your cycle, and maybe if you have a really bad period and you really hate your PMS and you know, you’re having
a really bad time with that, then maybe that is a liberating thing to know that you can have some
level of control over that with contraception. Obviously that’s not
the case for everyone, some people feel more in control of their body and in
control of their period off contraception, but it should at least be presented as an option. And finally, number ten, track your cycle. This isn’t something that
I was taught in school, but none of these fancy
apps and stuff existed then, I did not get my first smartphone until I was 20 years old, and
now there are six year olds with iPads, and I feel old. (laughs) But what I used to do was in like, my school calender like notebook, where I, where I would write like what
homework was due and stuff, I would like circle a day
that I was due, I think? And I would star the day
that I came on my period. But that was like the
most tracking that I did. But I think it’s also really important to track things like your PMS symptoms. So like when do you break out in acne, when do you like feel a bit off, or when do you get cramps,
when do your boobs ache, and things like that. Knowledge is power and
it’s really important to know your cycle inside and out, like oh I, you know, get cramps
two days before I come on, or my boobs ache exactly 30 minutes before I start my period like, I don’t know if you can predict your cycle to that specific but, the
more you know your body, the more you can feel in control of what is happening,
or at least, you know, if you do need help, you
do need to go to a doctor for whatever reason, you
know what your symptoms are and you can tell them what
is going on with your body. So those are my ten things
that you should learn about periods in school,
if you have any other ideas of things that you wanted to learn about periods in school,
or you wished you’d learn about periods in school,
please do leave them in the comments, thank
you so much to Always for sponsoring this
video, and doing the work that you do with the End
Period Poverty campaign. And I, again, I’m really proud to be supporting this campaign. Make sure you go to my Instagram and like and comment on that picture so that more products can get donated. Please give this video a
thumbs up if you enjoyed it, and make sure you subscribe
’cause I put out new videos every week, and I’ll
see you in the next one. Bye! (upbeat music)

100 comments

  1. Thanks for watching! Did you learn any of these things in school? What else would you have liked to learn?

  2. Got my period when I was thirteen and it started while I was in church😂 I started getting severe pain and my periods were lasting for about 28 days, sometimes more. My average cycle was 63 days. I would bleed non stop every other month and it was absolutely awful. I’m almost sixteen now, have been diagnosed with PCOS, and I’m sure I have endometriosis. I am often left paralysed by severe dysmenorrhea even when I’m not on my period which is insane. I’m on the combined pill and take pain medicine for pain and blood thinning. If anyone else goes through this, you’re not alone❤️❤️ Hannah, I love what you’re doing and it’s incredible to have a role model who straight up teaches what others don’t. Thankyou!!

  3. When I was in year 7-10 our school nurse had pads in her office, but you had to pay 10p for one when you needed it. I’m now in year 11 and thank god we have the red box project. Notices for the red box project are in all of the girls toilets and girls can now get the NECESSARY items for free. Yay😁

  4. I can’t remember if I was taught about menstrual cups in school but they were definitely seen as some ridiculous hippy thing that no one actually used. Now I wouldn’t go back to using anything else!

  5. It's a nice top. Suits you very well. Also, nice vid. I think it's great and necessary that we are trying to get better information out there for the teens.
    And what a good initiative to get them to not skip school ❤

  6. make sure you get tested for different blood disorders before trying some contraception options, i can’t use most bc of my blood disorder and i don’t want any young people dying bc they didn’t know!

  7. A really good (and free!) period tracking app is Clue, it offers the option to track different symptoms like cramps, pain, bloating, cravings etc and you can record a lot of other info if you want as well. My favorite feature is that it sends me a notification when my period is about to start so I'm not caught off guard. It's also gender-neutral, and doesn't use female coded designs or colors, like others that are really pink and flowery that can make some people uncomfortable. I'd really recommend checking it out!

  8. I wish I would have learned about UTIs and yeast infections and the symptoms to look for and how they are pretty normal and can be easily treated. Also that antibiotics can interfere with contraception and the morning after pill doesn't work for some people over a certain weight (I think it's 150 lbs/68 kg, but I'm not a hundred percent sure on that)

  9. I had irregular periods for 8 years as I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Its seems to be more regular now that I'm on meds.

  10. Recently got diagnosed with Endometriosis after months of pain even between periods. So yeah, stuff like this should definitley be taught in school because I would've freaked out if my sister didn't have the same and could tell me stuff about it.

  11. Another thing that should be taught is that the pill isn't just for contraception but also for managing pain, acne, etc. I feel like a lot of girls get shamed for taking the pill because people think they have sex even though that might not be true.

  12. In my public school (US) we still had to pay for pads from the school nurse. I always thought that was so wrong.

  13. I go to school in France and we never had any education on periods whatsoever. When I was maybe 11, an English friend of mine who was a few years older gave me a book about puberty and becoming a teenager, so that's where I got my period knowledge from. I also talked to my mum and friends (I got mine at 13 and was pretty well prepared thanks to that book).
    When I was 15, we had one afternoon of "sex education" where we talked about relationships between a man and a women (no mention of periods). When I was 17 in biology we studied menstrual cycles and hormones and contraception (from a scientific point of view).
    My periods have always been heavy and painful, but a few months ago they became so bad I've been missing a week of school at a time. I've seen two GPs and two gynecologists, had three ultrasounds and an MRI, and I still don't know what's happening to me. I've got a "harmless" cyst (according to the doctors) but I've had a sharp stabbing pain in my lower abdomen for three months now. All the doctors just told me it was normal and prescribed me multiple anti-inflammatory meds and the pill (to rest my ovaries). It's not normal to suddenly have excruciating pain for no apparent reason.

  14. I wouldn't straight up say that Periods aren't gross. That seems like nonsense. It's like saying peeing or pooping isn't gross. All bodily functions are gross to some extent! But yeah, as a guy who knows little about that stuff from any of my real female friends, I agree with the message of normalising it

  15. When I started Bullet Journaling I researched trackers on Instagram and Pinterest. Period trackers seem to be most common, or next most after basic calendars. The most common name given to them looks to be Shark Week. "Murder scene in my pants " seems to be quite common as well. The illustrations many women use can get quite gory.

    I guess if you have to have them then you can always try to inject some fun.

  16. Hi Hannah i love your work.
    You are so confident…. And keeping up with you made me self-sufficient about my sexual health. I have started using menstrual cups watching your videos thanks to you i am being confident about the whole menstrual cycle thing because in India it is still a taboo.
    Thanks to you for reducing my carbon footprints 😊😊😊
    I have noticed some PMDD symptoms with my behavior around my periods… N like you said I'm gonna keep note about that.

  17. Can we talk about how weird it is that PMS is a "syndrome"? Like half the world population experiences this, why do we talk about it like it's a disorder?

  18. This is completely off topic, but, your short hair looks so good in this video. I’d love to see a video about how you styled it and the kind of products you used.

  19. I go to a Catholic school (😑) so anything we learnt about periods was from the religion teachers and we were told not to use tampons? This is why your videos are so valuable for students who really don't learn about it in school so thank you!

  20. hi, this is gonna be "one of those comments", but I just wanted you to know how thankfull I am for your videos. I'm only 15 years old, but my relationship with sex and intimacy is already a bit fucked. I were somewhat sexually abused when i was a kid, I'm on the ace spectrum, though I don't know to what "degree" yet, and I'm queer/figuring everything out. So, I'm not the most comfortable with the idea of sex, and though i still have a whole youth and life to "bloom" or heal or whatever, I still find it so unbelievable comforting to just, play your videos in the background, like a podcast, while doing something else, and just listen. Cuz you talk about sex in such an open way, and you are so confident in what you say, that you allow it to be just a talk, just a conversation. And since i started watching your videos, I've become so much more comfortable with sex in general. I still don't think I'll just throw myself out there (that might just be a I'm-only-15-year-old-teen-thing, but hey, still :)), and I still identify myself with the ace community, but you've helped me heal my relationship to sex, which were shattered as a kid. And there's a whole lot more I would like to say and tell you, but it just boils down to thank you. so much, you help so many people daily, and you've helped me. I hope you don't stop making videos any time soon 🙂 you're amazing

  21. We got taught the basic biology of periods at school but that was about it. I didn't get taught anything about period pain and was just told that ibuprofen and paracetamol would solve it (didn't touch it). I only realised I could get medication to help when my friend went on mefenamic acid, I am now on tranexamic acid and my periods are so much better! 100% everyone needs to be taught this stuff in school. I also didn't learn anything about period poverty, but now a decade on, my final year Journalism project is all about period poverty and I've been talking to so many wonderful campaigners and companies who are doing great things to solve this problem, it should definitely be something that you learn about from a younger age.

  22. You could also get pregnant on day 1 of your period because you can have a period (withdrawal bleed) when you haven't actually ovulated, so ovulation can potentially happen during this withdrawal bleed or very close to it. However if you KNOW you have ovulated in your previous cycle you actually can't get pregnant at the start of your period so there is some truth to that so actually you CAN'T get pregnant on a true period but most people don't know whether they are ovulating or not. I only found this out recently after learning FAM which has been really interesting!

  23. Thank you so much for mentioning PMDD; I was so suicidal every month that I even ended up in the mental ward for a weekend. Learning that PMDD was a thing and that I could take my BC continually and skip every period probably saved my life. Recently I had a friend with similar issues and she only realized she had PMDD because I had been posting about it. I've got another friend now that I believe has it as well. People just don't know about it, and you can't fix what you don't realize exists. We need to be talking about it more!

  24. I completely agree with all of these points. I’d never heard of PCOS or endometriosis until my 20s, I was made fun of for using pads rather than tampons (seriously), and when we were taught about contraception we were never ever told about the possible side effects, only that stopping pregnancy was the only thing to worry about. Period education really needs to become more inclusive, more approachable, and more normal!

  25. Which sea sucks at by the way I mean so what it's episode 20 please people help me boycott her trust me when I tell you this this is a mean person yes she looks innocent yes she talks innocent she is a mean deviant person at heart for the love of God

  26. would you ever talk about how periods can impact mental illness? I have anxiety and when im on my period, the lack of control of my symptoms (pain, digestive issues, all the things) would cause me to have severe panic attacks. can the crazy hormones during that time impact anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses that way? and if so what the hell do I do lmao.

  27. I've always suffered with horrendous periods (since the ripe old age of 10, yay), and I was always made to believe it was normal to be throwing up and taking strong painkillers and feeling like an army of rapid hamsters are eating away at my insides. During one particularly bad period at the age of 13, I was told (by a female teacher) that I was "going to have this for the next 40 years so deal with it". Yeah, turns out I have endometriosis, and if it wasn't for the misinformation about horrendous periods being normal I would have found out well before the age of 22 -_-. So thank you Hannah for bringing awareness to periods and shedding some light (or blood) on the subject. Just by posting this video you could be giving people who have periods the tools to improve the quality of their lives (as well restoring some of my faith in humanity 🙂 ).

  28. It would definitely help me a lot if I knew more about irregular periods and what is the reason for them. I never had regular periods and they put me on pill etc. So I thought that there's sth wrong with me… That I will not have kids. And other dreadful thoughts a 20 yo person can have…
    Eventually, I got pregnant. Though did not realize until 15 weeks or so.

  29. I wish I (and my class mates) had been taught that periods start at many different times for different people and that that's ok. I started my period when i was 9/10 and spent so long being really embarrassed and ashamed because no-one at school had explained it to us yet (my mum did) so others in my year would laugh at me and say it was disgusting when i was changing for p.e. and they'd see spotting through my knickers or notice i was wearing a pad 🙈

  30. I wonder if any companies like diva cup or moon cup could get involved in the campaign to end period poverty? It would be fab to see more girls that maybe won't have the money ever to have a longer term solution!
    Edit: Also, the ONLY gross thing about periods is period pain!

  31. in grade school sex ed (i'm a guy) all they told us was "women have a period once a month." that's it; they didn't even explain it

  32. My university has recently started to provide free tampons, pads and panty liners in every women's toilet and I think that's such a great thing. Since I don´t use tampons anymore I regularly stock up the empty baskets with a few tampons (I still have left quite a lot) and it is obvious that it helps a lot of people cause they are always at least half empty when I go in there.

  33. This is a great video! I have loved the hormone diaries series so much. I've had problems with my period since I got it. When I was younger, I would have heavy periods, sometimes lasting for up to 30 days and this only stopped when I went on birth control. In the past couple of years, I have had lots of problems. Every time I get my period something awful happens. Sometimes I get terrible back pains to the point where I can't do anything except lay on the floor, a couple times I have randomly gotten a cold, once I got diarrhea, but usually on the first day I get my period I have terrible cramping to the point where I cannot stand up, can't feel my legs, and usually vomit. I went to see a doctor, and I asked him if I had endemitreosis and he told me that I probably do but that there is no way to know for sure without doing surgery, and doing surgery won't fix the problem long-term and it is somewhat risky. He told me that my options are basically to take a bunch of Advil every time I get my period or go on birth control. I've been doing the Advil since I would rather not be on birth control, but I feel like it's not that effective and I don't like the idea of masking the symptoms when I could have a really serious underlying problem. Do you have any advice for how I should go about this?

  34. I would love if always could get a menstrual cup maker on board for their campaign! They don't work for everyone, but it would be a much more permanent solution than pads for those who can use it! Plus I've found that I feel less grossed out with my period since I've been using it because it feels so natural.
    Agree 100% with all of these points! I thought the pill was just for preventing pregnancy but going on it changed my life because it got my PMS under control so that I could be diagnosed with the mental illness PMS was masking and get treatment!

  35. I always assumed period poverty was just about those living in '3rd world' countries and how they deal with their periods. But realising people in places like england or america or other 'developed' countries are missing school because they cant affort sanitary products. That was an eye opener.

  36. Only things about sex or anything along the lines has all been through you an life experiences schools don’t teach anything useful they’d be better off showing your videos

  37. What about the fact that a uterus is only the size of a small defalted balloon?! I saw the diagrams in school and believed for 10 years of periods that it was at least the size of my thum and pointer finger making a triangle. But NO, the whole thing is absolutely tiny!

  38. Tracking my cycle was life-changing 🙌 would definitely have appreciated being taught to do this in school rather than having loads of angst about why I was feeling so hormonal nowhere near my period. It wasn’t until my mid20s that I discovered I had more PMS type symptoms a week or 2 after my period rather than just before because of where my hormones and stuff were up to in my cycle. Would have saved me a lot of worrying about what was wrong with my mental health if I’d been aware of those fluctuations earlier rather than later.

  39. It would be cool if you would try charthing your cycles for a while and make an episode about it! 🙂 This is teenage book by the author of another book called Taking Charge of your Fertility, available for 2 weeks loan. Fertility Awareness is something I discovered about a year ago and it has helped understand my cycles and fertility. Finally, at age of 24 I know exactly when my period will come, no matter cycle length. Sensiplan and Sympto-thermal methods are the two most famous and include charthing basal body temperature and cervical fluid. https://openlibrary.org/works/OL2908482W/Cycle_savvy

  40. It is sad that it must to be taught in school, every kid should know it from home. Basics even before they start school.

  41. Speaking of things that (should) have been taught in school… I was lucky enough to attend a school that, while they did separate the classes for into binary genders for the comfort/freedom of discussion, we still learned everything from both sides of the spectrum. Now, as a father of a preteen young lady, I often watch your videos to "brush up" and… well… basically not seem ignorant when/if she comes to me with a question. I want her to feel she can come to me to discuss anything and everything without fear of judgement or negativity. But, I'm also not naive enough to believe that she WILL come to me with everything/anything. I am, after all, 'the dad'. There's always going to be things she feels more comfortable discussing with her mom, female friends or other female family members, who would obviously have more first hand knowledge. And, that's fantastic! I want her to have that support system and feel safe in it. But, I also worry about the "friends" part of that support system, and where they are getting their facts. Are they legit? Are they supportive? Are they narrow in scope, or is she getting all the facts she needs? I also realize that, as with many her age and older, cell phones/tablets are making info (good and bad) more readily accessible. So, I was thinking it would be a great idea to ask you for a consolidated, up-to-date video discussing "top 5/8/10/whatever #" apps that could help anyone just entering puberty… favorite period tracking apps, Q&A apps, or (especially if the list of apps is a short one) even eBooks that might have great info for a pubescent child. Thoughts?

  42. So glad my mum was amazing around periods, she would check my pad when I first started getting periods so she could make sure it was all normal and I knew when to change it, she explained about endometriosis as it runs in the family, I tend to get clots and terrible pain and mum was so open to discuss blood colour, clot size etc and even though I was embarrassed initially I'm so grateful now as at 26 I'll discuss periods with anyone including my boyfriend 😂

  43. I've heard from friends that they learned that the period comes once a month. No one ever said that it would stay for several days. This is not lying or misinformation, but it's unclear information. Even things like that are important to tell the students.

  44. I would've wanted to learn that the symptoms can change over time, not only because the period may become more stable over time, but sometimes it just changes. For example I had no cramps at all when I was 15, but some years later I started to get cramps. Another example is that I had my period for 7 days for some years, but nowadays it's most often 5 days.

  45. I never had any period or sex education at all and now (at 20) I love watching videos like yours to learn about it because I feel so much better knowing what's going on with my body 🙂 I'm sorry if this is a very stupid question but if you start having periods early, like ten, do you reach menopause earlier or not necessarily? Thanks!

  46. Thanks for this video. I agree with everything you said, they need to be taught in school. I had never heard of PMDD or endometriosis until I was diagnosed with both. PMDD in my late teens and endometriosis in my early twenties. I chalked the pain and other issues up as normal. If it hadn't been for mom pushing me to go to the doctor and actually tell them my symptoms I don't know if I would have otherwise learned what was wrong with me.

  47. Is there a reason people donate pads and tampons, which are disposable and will need to be donated again to keep a continuous supply, rather than donating menstrual cups, which last for years? I know cups are more expensive, but are there other reasons I'm not thinking of? Genuinely curious.

  48. I feel so bad for people who didn’t have proper sex Ed. When I was in school they had someone from planned parenthood come speak to us four times plus they took us to a health museum to learn about periods and everything. They would teach the boys and the girls about periods (and everything else) together but then they would separate us so we could ask questions if we needed to. Literally the only thing on this list I didn’t get taught in school was about menstrual cups. I mean, they even taught us how to put condoms on bananas so we knew how to do it properly.

  49. 1. I wish I had known that puberty isn't a perfect timeline of milestones. My period was the last thing that hit me, to the point that I had matured physically in every way but was still without my period.
    2. I wish puberty for females wasn't compared as faster than puberty for males, because I was still growing and changing long after the guys at my school had "become men" (by high school standards). Puberty is a long process for everyone that's just part of growing older. It's not a one-and-done set of points that are never going to change again once you've reached them.
    3. There are so many way to regulate your period! Different types of birth control, hormone blockers and modifiers, various insertables that just make it stop altogether… I was only ever informed of birth control and television had already hammered it into my brain that a girl who has birth control is always presumed to be sexually active, or that ther's no safe place to hide it. It was a pretty common theme for television when I was growing up for someone to eat birth control thinking it was candy, or an animal to get to it, or a sibling to take it as a prank, or someone finds it and assumes things for the sake of drama in the show. It was just never shown in a positive light for young people who only wanted period stabilization.

  50. I remember in my second last year of Primary school they put pics on the board of a naked man and woman and were having a discussion. For some reason (I can't remember) I mentioned periods and the teacher split the class into two and separated the boys from girls in order to talk to us about periods. I definitely agree with you that boys should learn about periods as well and I think that this tactic of separating the class adds to the whole idea of period talk being taboo. If you see this, what is your stance on this? Do you believe that my class should have been split up to talk to the girls separately about periods or not?

  51. In school all I was taught (and boys) was the science behind it but never the ins and outs. All boys knew were ‘they would last 3-5 days’ and the ‘whole cycle lasted 28days’. There must have been so many girls thinking they had something wrong with them

  52. These are really good recommendations! I completely agree with them, especially #2. I remember how scary it was as a teenager having an irregular period. I felt like there was something wrong with my body but as it turns out, I just have a longer cycle than the average. I'm on the pill to regulate it a bit but it still varies from month to month. We need to end period shaming.

  53. I actually learnt everything I know about periods from my mum or the internet and it is really messed up. We should have more period education! Things like cramps, how to use pads, tampons etc. , contraception, irregular periods were never even mentioned!

  54. It's crazy because boys at my school have no clue what pads and tampons are. I told a boy who was kicking a pad along the floor, why are u kicking a pad? And suddenly, even though it was unused, clean, in its packaging and he wasn't even touching it. He looked so disgusted and grossed out.

    I said to him, you know you wouldn't be here if your mum didn't have a period, you know your girlfriend that you've had for at least 6 months? She has periods. She's probably had her period multiple times since being with you. Calm the hick heck down please, we go through pain each month so the human race can survive. Get a grip and start learning about it and stop worrying about natural bodily functions, please and thank u

  55. I was in a student society in uni last year and it was the first year in a while that it was entirely female and we realized the building we were in didn’t have any period products. So naturally we decided to help out others in the building but placing little baskets of period products that were accessible to students. It was really nice to see a bunch of women coming together to support the idea ☺️

  56. my friend went to a doctor about issues with her periods and he patronisingly explained what her cycle was and how it's 28 days long and also told her you cant get pregnant while on your period. A DOCTOR. luckily she knew better but it's so worrying that he's out there telling women and young girls this! (this is in England too). WTF. no wonder teen pregnancy is so high.

  57. I used to use a red pen in the calender of my homework journal before I got a phone! An empty square was predicted date and a coloured in box was days I had it

  58. I go to an all girl's school and by the time we got to the age of 16 people were comfortable enough to just tell out "anyone got a pad" in the locker room, but I'm not sure if that would have happened if we were in a mixed school

  59. A female friend recently told me that period blood smells way worse than regular blood. Is that true?

  60. I love how she says people with periods instead of females. Some trans males have periods if they haven’t had bottom surgery.

  61. #2 is huge! I have an irregular cycle/I dont have a cycle and it freaked me out and confused me so much. And even once my doctor explained it me, no one else gets so I constantly have to explain to people that it's normal.

  62. We should probably also teach about how hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle and how periods can have effects on other medical conditions like migraines, etc. Things people wouldn't necessarily think are connected.

    Also teach about birth controls and how the difference ones effect the menstrual cycle differently. Like what ones do actually stop ovulation.

  63. As far as education goes I don't think it's needed for guys to know the details, it's like learning about the 100% male functions – I honestly don't care that much since I can't relate and I can imagine it's the same for them, know the basics and that's enough, when they're older (and frankly, more mature) their girlfriends can fill them in how their cycle is – if you tell a guy what's "normal" for the average woman he's just going to be confused when it's different with his girl – just like sexual things. For girls, I think there should be an extensive in-depth course that even teaches FAM and doesn't glorify the hormonal contraceptives. I only recently dived into this topic after I was diagnosed with pcos (post pill) and I knew basically nothing before because my cycle was so normal before the pill.
    End period poverty – buy menstrual cups off of aliexpress, it's medical grade silicone so there's no question if they're safe – they are the same cups, just not branded and advertised as the 30-60€ ones.

  64. Are you allowed to talk about or promote period sex? Seeing as the UK government is apparently trying to make it taboo?

  65. We had separate sex Ed during middle school (US grades 6-8) and I think that’s ridiculous. Boys and girls should be aware of the changes going in each other’s bodies. Men need to know about female puberty and women need to about male puberty.
    Love how you shouted at the boy for saying periods are gross!

  66. As you are an historian, I am surprised you have not done a vid about how people coped in centuries past. If you have and I missed it, maybe a follow-up would be good.

  67. A great period tracker app is Clue! Its completely free and its like a calender- you can track flow, mood ect- and set notifications!! I actually started using it bc of a video Dodie did about it! Its usually pretty accurate!!

  68. the idea of putting it off from sure will seems so unlikely however when i was on my d of e i was due my period the day before i went but it just,,,, didnt happen until after because i was absolutely dreading it. my pms went away aswell, so this should definitely be taught in schools

  69. My mum has/had endometriosis since she was 13 and back then they didn't have any evidence on it and no one really believed her and when i started my period and i was complaining all the time and basically confined to my bed because it was so painful we thought i might have had it but luckily I don't and i'm on the pill to stop my periods because they would wipe a week or more of my life away.

  70. The government should offer mensural cups and classes on how to use them to young girls in schools

  71. hannah you literally got me on the dot with 9. im on contraception because my pms mood swings and also pain was too bad so i wish more people knew to take contraception for more than just sex

  72. I learned hardly anything about periods when I was in school, but do remember hating periods so much that I wished I was a boy when I was a teen

  73. Unrelated to the video: I love how the little arrow slowly slides in to click the "subscribe" button, almost seductively. Very on brand 😂💜

  74. I think they should teach these things to the boys too. Sex ed was a joke when I was at school. It was literally a half an hour video that the teacher pressed play on and then left the room while we all sat that there giggling.

  75. Hi Hannah, I’m Britt a 25 yr old gal from Australia 🇦🇺. I found your channel August 2019 & have been binge watching (especially hormone diaries). I also have a stoma, mine is called a MITROFANOFF which I chose to have due to a condition called “neurogenic bladder” caused by Spina Bifida.

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