Every month Aunt Flo visits you, you get all these cramps, mood swings, rushing hastily to the washroom and experiencing a Niagra Fall whenever you cough or sneeze. Ahh! It gets difficult sometimes. Menstruation starts in our early teens. On average, it starts when we are 12 and goes till we turn 45 (although it differs for every menstruator).
We get used to this monthly routine and the most shocking and surprising thing is that nobody refers to it with its actual name, menstruation, unless they work in medicine or the health sector.
There are a lot of euphemisms that are used to describe periods. Today, period names are clever, subtle and funnier than ever.
1. Chum: Heard girls saying, “I’ve got my chums”? It is an Indian favourite and commonly used by a lot of aunties. You might have heard this one from your mother or elder sister.
2. Aunt Flo: The tight-lipped English word got really famous in the last few years. Aunt Flo pretends like your much-loved aunt is coming to visit.
3. Time of the Month: The most used word in public and social gatherings and understood by mostly everyone.
4. Code Red: This captures the urgency during the periods. You know, the feeling when you know it has arrived and you check your handbag to realise you haven’t carried an extra pad, so you make a beeline to the bathroom or towards your period sister.
5. Shark Week: The heavy flow days feel scary and girls like to compare it to the blood and gore of being devoured by a shark.
6. Red Rum: Once you’ve seen it, you can never forget the image of the doors opening and hundreds of gallons of blood spilling out.
At Saathi, we create sustainable products in a responsible way. Using environment-friendly products such as menstrual cups and 100% compostable and biodegradable sanitary pads is a good step towards a greener planet.