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Over 70 percent of young Australian girls would rather fail a class subject than have their peers know they have their period. This is outrageous.
Its time we eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding a natural bodily function that over half the world's population experience at some point in their lifetime.
In this special episode of the Dispensary Discussion, we welcome out first ever guest, Allie Xu, to discuss this worrying statistic, and to help us promote the #periodpride movement, which aims to normalize the conversation around women's menstrual cycles.
Allie is an accredited consultant pharmacist and certified holistic health and life coach at The Chinese Medicine Pharmacist, founder of the Global Pharmacy Entrepreneur Network, and winner of this years health promotion Hack-A-Thon at the University of Queensland. Her project aims to raise awareness of the Australian-based charity, Share The Dignity, that provides education and period products to women that are homeless, at-risk, and those experience domestic violence. Their ambition is to reduce the shame and stigma surrounding menstruation. Allie explains what we can do to support this amazing cause, as well as why education surrounding this issue is paramount.
Over the course of time, cultures around the world have treated menstruation very uniquely. We discuss what was the normal practice for that time and place, as well as trying to understand the reasoning behind these practices.
Most importantly, we explain what is normal. Too many women are unaware of what is classed as normal regarding menstruation, and are too embarrassed to talk about it with their peers.
Lets remove this social stigma and start the conversation to help normalize menstruation.
Episode written and recorded by Dale Richardson and Tracy Devlin
Special Guest Allie Xu
Music by Shades of Grey