4 Reasons Why Men need to read Manstruation
Manstruation is a guide for men and those who do not bleed, or those who want an easy refresher on what menstruation is and how it impact’s a menstruator’s body. This is a free e-book you can download, and our launch team is open right now for those interested in joining. Menstruation impacts how people feel and their moods, and if they are tracking, it can affect how they organize their work schedule and life tasks. Understanding the four phases of a menstrual cycle makes you a more conscientious and kind person, which is why every man should read Manstruation.
Knowing the four phases allows people to support their partners
It’s one thing to know your partner, or your loved one is on their period, and it’s another to understand what is happening and how that is impacting their bodies. Perhaps when planning ahead, you grab more freezer meal items, or you look at the schedule together and plan gatherings on a week where they won’t just be about to get their period. Looking at what will help the flow of your house and your relationship can build more ease into your life.
Understanding menstruation helps to end period stigma
Media, conversations, tampon tax, legislation, and even how sex ed conveys periods in schools can all stigmatize menstruation. Many of those who bleed feel embarrassed about their periods; whether because they don’t understand what’s happening, don’t have access to the needed products like pads or tampons, or feel weird sharing personal information. Men can play a crucial role in breaking down these stigmas by understanding and normalizing menstruation.
One story is of a man “Dave the Period Fairy” on a hike with friends. He realized a friend didn’t have any tampons but just got her period. He quietly handed her a pack of tampons and pads he kept on him just in case because it was normal. She was grateful and shared it online. Having this casual acceptance goes a long way.
Being period literate helps to reduce harmful legislation
You may not be actively creating or writing legislation, but knowledge is power. When you know the details of what menstruation involves and how it impacts those who bleed; you’ll be able to spot and call out harmful laws. Recent laws shoot down free menstrual products for those in prisons, or schools who don’t have actual sex ed and informative classes.
Striking down Roe V. Wade has paved the way for birth control to also come under review, as well as abortion pills. When you understand that many women don’t realize they’re pregnant till 6-8 weeks, you can understand why these bills are so harmful (besides the obvious encroachment on personal medical information).
We need parents to have honest conversations to raise a new informed generation
Some women were raised with either a mom or aunt they could trust or relied on their friends to give them information. Many others were not and were left scrambling to figure out if they were dying or what was happening to them when they got their first period. If you don’t bleed but are knowledgable, you can be a source of helpful insight and resources for your child. You are creating a safe space for them to thrive, feel seen, and ask questions. If you start the conversation you’ll reduce the chances they’ll get misinformation somewhere else. You’ll also create a higher likelihood of their friends having solid information about periods, menstruation cycles, and how hormones impact people.
For these reasons and more, pick up Manstruation today! Right now, you can sign up for our Book Launch Team here and receive a FREE copy of the book. In exchange we ask you to download it on Amazon, leaving a review, and sharing about the book on your Social Media!
Are you new to learning about your cycle as well and tracking? Check out this blog about tracking your period with our app and a planner!