Recommended ReadsDecember 7th, 2021

Menstrual cycles are relevant to our productivity; we should be able to talk about them

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Leah Pedroza, Community Experience Manager

I grew up in a generation of blue-blooded women.

Yep, according to lab-coat-wearing hand models in tampon commercials, we all bleed blue. The fact that we bleed is apparently so awful to think about that they changed the colour of blood.

It seems like a silly little thing, but it’s not. It’s the learned shame that many women associate with their cycle. The shame that cutesy tiptoe nicknames like “Aunt Flo” or “that time of the month ;) ;)” were born from.

It’s taken me a long time to talk openly about my period with men who aren’t my partner, let alone colleagues. Which is wild because it runs the game for me, and being able to communicate why on some days I need space and other days I have space to give just makes life a hell of a lot easier for everyone. And of course the stage I am at in my cycle affects the work I do – and it’s not always a negative impact. In the week after my period I am ON!

The 5-part podcast series Period Queen is a really insightful look at the stages of a menstrual cycle and the ways we can harness each phase for our productivity.

Blue-blooded royal or not, can I get a yas queen?


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