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Welcome to Periodical Diary

Over the coming months we will be blogging, tweeting and facebooking about the menstrual cycle, sharing first experiences and providing healthy tips, facts and uploading our knowledge.

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Kaye & Liz x

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November’s Donation Drive

Due to the amazing response to the last donation drive in July. We are pleased to announce we will be back at 160 Tooley Street, Southwark, London on November 22nd between 10am – 4pm.

All sanitary products welcome….. plus hand gels, feminine wipes and nappy sacks.

Come, donate and meet the Periodical Diary team.

If you are unable to come on the day, you can still donate via our GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/promoting-period-empowerment

#TalkingPeriods in schools: Are we having the right conversations?

We are so pleased to be part of TOTM’S #talking periods campaign which aims to dismantle the taboos associated with periods. 
Check out our blog contribution don’t forget to like, share and comment below: 

How are we talking about periods to the younger generation? This is an important topic. What young people learn about periods in school, can affect how they manage their periods as they grow up.

We spoke to Elizabeth Folarin, co-founder of Periodical Diary to find out more about periods in education. Periodical Diary run interactive workshops in primary and secondary schools.

Are young people getting enough information?

Elizabeth is an expert in this area and here she tells us all about how schools are managing ‘the period talk’ and where there’s room for improvement…

“I remember my first ‘period talk’ in school. ‘The egg is not fertilised by sperm the lining comes away and your period will begin’ said the super-hot science supply teacher.

I was 13 and couldn’t stop cringing, I literally wanted the ground to swallow me up! The rest of the science lesson became very factual and well, ‘sciencey’. I didn’t know what the teacher was talking about but apparently what he described was going on in my body at that very moment……

You can read the rest of the submission and browse TOTM’s 100% Organic Cotton sanitary products here.
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Building Our Brand

We have been extraordinary busy in the month of September!

Going into the final quarter of the 2017 we wanted to really push Periodical Diary to reach new heights and platforms to highlight an array of matters relating to Periods.

We were therefore ecstatic to learn that Dawn Butler MP of Brent and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, is pledging that the next Labour Government will provide free sanitary products in schools and food banks. Dawn is working with Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour MSP for Central Scotland. Monica is currently running a consultation on period poverty for a Scottish Bill that will make sanitary wear free for all. We have taken part in the consultation and urge all interested parties to do so as the consultation ends on 8th December 2017.

Period Poverty is an inequality that we believe should be eradicated.

It is fantastic that the issue of period poverty has become a key issue on the political stage, the need for such items is why we are campaigning to use the current ‘tampon tax’ to subside sanitary wear for young people – please lend us your support and sign our petition.

We are also tackling period poverty via the donation arm of our initiative, which allows us to engage with young people and families who require such items. We have built a great relationship with a London based Children’s charity, where we were able to tap into a network of schools who expressed a need for sanitary items. Using the donations we received in our summer drive, we have delivered over 1200 sanitary items or Periodical Diary Packs (PDP) (as we like to call them!) to a slew of schools in London. We are continuing to build this network and will be delivering to more schools shortly. Additionally, we have expanded our reach to a social care team that work with no recourse to public funds families such as Asylum seekers and refugees.

For those who still wish to donate we will be holding another drive later in the year till then you can support us here.

Aside from campaigning and donations we also love supporting women and organisations who are in our line of work. As CLUE (great period tracking app) Ambassadors we were excited to be invited to their first ever event held at Facebook, London. Not only was it a great networking opportunity we were able to further strengthen our knowledge on menstruation which will go into enhancing our workshops that we deliver in schools.

Moreover, we have been involved in TOTM’s (cool period subscription service) #talkingperiods campaign which aims to encourage conversation on all aspects of the menstrual cycle.

To round off this amazing month we spent an afternoon at Buzzfeed’s UK office discussing our initiative. This meeting also led us to reflect on how far we have come… thanks to support of the all our readers, followers and members of the public!!

We are fully committed to building our platform of providing period related information, support and Periodical Diary Packs.

We are looking to collaborate with brands and initiatives that fit our ethos so please feel free to get in Contact!

Many Thanks

Elizabeth and Kaye x

Periodical Diary Team

 

 

 

Parent Talk Series: Table Talk

This week’s edition to Parent Talk is from Cut who pride themselves on being the Greatest Storytelling company ever!

Talking periods is awkward and at times pretty funny for some of the families featured in this clip. However, it stresses how important these conversations are.

The video also highlighted to us, at Periodical Diary, that it is not just about having the one ‘talk’ but a series of little talks. This is turn creates an open and continuous dialogue for both parent and child regarding all things menstruation, leaving less room for uncomfortable conversations.

Parents and carers can you identify yourself in any of these parents?  We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

Liked this? Then check out the other entries in this series:

Parent Talk Series: Preparation is Key

Parent Talk Series: Motherhood

Parent Talk Series: Celebrate and Party!

We are lobbying Parliament please sign our Government Petition.

You can further support us here!

 

 

Parent Talk Series: Celebrate and Party!

The awesome ladies of Dear Period have contributed to week’s Parent Talk Series. They emphasise the powerful tool that is communication in breaking the perception that Periods are a taboo. They are also pretty cool Period Party Planners!  

I am in my 50’s and still waiting for my “period talk” from my mother…and yes, the anticipation will continue as period talk is still taboo for her generation.  As soon as my daughter arrived into this world something systematically told me that she deserved a “period talk”, and there would be no age restrictions.

By “period talk” in the early years, as in toddler years for my daughter, exposure to the word period and period products were discovered early on for my daughter, M.  You see, toddler M rarely liked to miss a bathroom session which meant broaching the subject matter early on including what was “this stuff Mommy had in her whoo-whoo”.  Early on the biggest hurdle on broaching the subject was the topic of blood and that there was no reason to get a band-aid.  As M got older, her exposure to all things period never ceased including any conversations with my friends.  If you cannot tell yet, M was a five-year old going on twenty-one.

With the large variance in age on when a period can begin, M was empowered with both knowledge and security to discuss the topic from the topic never being taboo in our household.  When M was twelve years old, she received her first period.  To celebrate the occasion, we hosted a Period Party.  We asked that everyone wear red, served red cupcakes, red everything.  We figured why not…let’s embrace this new bloody friend with a large welcome party.  M’s friends (both with their periods and without) had an absolute blast.  Our goal was to make the topic non-taboo, and to hopefully assist any future comrades that would be getting their period shortly.

By all means, our household is not the “norm” for period talk, but discussing and accepting the natural occurrence early on in our house hold made the transition exciting over frightening for M and the parents.  In retrospect, our household would not have changed a thing even with all of the interrupted bathroom visits early on in M’s period career.  Our challenge is now for M to defy the rules for her generation.

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Ever wanted to write to your Period? Ever wanted a response? Dear Period  are your people!

Loved this entry? Check out other entries in this series here and here

You can support our initiative here

Parent Talk Series: Motherhood

Welcome to the second instalment of Parent Talks: This week we have Leah, one half of Motherhood Reconstructed , Leah is a Proofreader, Graphic Designer and mum to a soon to be 11 year old daughter.

Here’s Leah’s experience:

My daughter (by the daily updates she gives me from her class) is a late developer. Is it bad that I’m happy about this? In recent weeks she has despaired over her lack of underarm hair, her lack of boobs and the fact that a girl in her class has started her period. She is 10 😔.

This has ignited a fire in her and prompted her to be uber prepared for her own period. It started with a trip to Boots where we purchased a Lil-Lets starter kit. She has unpacked it and repacked it so many times that if she were caught short in the middle of the night and the electricity had gone she would still know what every item was and how it worked.

She has studied the booklet that came with the pack from front to back and back to front and can recite it in whichever order you prefer. She has created her own version which she has expanded upon after interviewing me extensively and at length about pain, swimming and public toilets.

She has made a vlog offering advice to others, but decided that she would wait until she had actually experienced it before officially becoming the PreTeen Period Guru. My poor Dad has also had to endure conversations, although I’m not sure how much she got out of him 😂

She is on daily mucus watch, as this will symbolise the imminent start of her period. The only thing I can liken it to is a pregnant Lady excitedly waiting for her water to burst. However the pregnant Lady is fully aware that her water bursting also symbolises a good few hours of unthinkable pain and unpleasantness.

I have tried to explain without terrifying her (and to no avail), that although it’s fine for her to be prepared and even a little excited (I guess) she’s actually getting really amped up about an experience that for most isn’t particularly pleasant. Although it signifies that your body is ready to do one of the most amazing things it will ever be able to do, once it starts it won’t stop until like forever! Even if after all the years of cramping and bloating you decide that you don’t want babies it will still continue. She actually wasn’t impressed with that stat.

I’m sure our teachers never made us feel excited about it. I definitely remember being confused and a little embarrassed if I remember correctly. I’m really impressed with her school for the way they have handled it and the way they have got 9 and 10 year olds talking freely about it. They’re definitely helping to develop a generation that won’t be hiding tampons in their sleeves, or that are too embarrassed to go to the bathroom midway through Maths. They were even told that if they need to go to the toilet and are refused for whatever reason they should go anyway. Lol.

I am in absolute awe of how ready she is, of how confidently she is accepting that this change will happen and rather than being afraid or scared of it she is arming herself with the knowledge to deal with it to the best of her (full 10 years of) ability. It definitely won’t come as a shock like it did to me and I really hope she starts it when I’m there, as anyone else will more than likely be traumatised by the amount of information she’ll be willing to share 😂

Is it bad that I hope her late bloom lasts as long as her Dads did? He was unable to grow a full beard until way into his 30’s. I however sprouted a beard in my bloody teens! Can you say trauma?!!! Teenage hormones SUCK! 😂😂

Hope your girls are also stepping into preteen hood, with confidence, support and oodles of information x

Leah

Find out more about Motherhood Reconstructed: Authentic Narratives of Black Motherhoood

www.motherhood-reconstructed.com

Social Media: @motherhood_rx

Read Part One of the Parent Talk Series here

You can support our initiative here