Let's face it: There may be habits, behaviors, and mindsets regarding your period that you have forgotten after more than two years of staying at home. But now that you are going out more to make bigger moves toward your passions and dreams, you have to be ready physically, mentally, and emotionally to deal with your red days.
These are some of the insights that reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu and Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Bea Gomez shared during the recent #BeNextPeriodReady event, organized by Modess.
ICYDK, Harnaaz is a staunch advocate of menstrual equity, which calls for period products to be affordable, accessible, and safe for all. Bea, who uses her platform to empower the youth, also lent her voice to help educate and equip teen girls to #BeNextPeriodReady in the new normal.
All of this was so timely, too, since Menstrual Hygiene Day will be celebrated on May 28!
Top 6 things we learned about how to #BeNextPeriodReady from these queens:
1. Talk freely about your period
Fun fact: Harnaaz was raised by an OB-GYN mom. This helped her realize that to become period-ready physically, mentally, and emotionally, you must unlearn that your period is a taboo topic and normalize talking freely about it. After all, periods are normal and nothing to be ashamed of.
2. Track your period
Bea’s period coincided with all her pageant days in Miss U. But because she tracks her period, she was prepared and managed her symptoms easily. Not only was she ready with the essentials like her pads, but she also made sure to prepare for mood changes and other symptoms by adjusting her exercise routine and eating healthy.
3. Educate yourself and others about periods
Harnaaz emphasized the importance of proper education on menstruation — and that’s for all genders! She explained that by educating everyone, we can stop the stigma and move toward a period-friendly society, which, TBH, can benefit society as a whole.
4. Empower yourself through a shift in mindset
You know how we sometimes think of our periods as bothersome? Well, Bea decided to do the opposite when she got hers during the Miss U pageant events. To feel more confident and empowered during her red days at Miss U, Bea changed her mindset about her period and viewed it as her “good luck charm.”
5. Prepare a period kit
Finally, keep a period kit handy during the week of your period. The queens shared that your kit should include the essentials, like pads, wipes, and medicines for period pains. Having all of these on hand means you won’t be limited by your period as you continue to create bigger moves this year. At the #BeNextPeriodReady event, guests received period kits that also included portable bidets!
6. Choose a fast-absorbing pad
This is vital especially now that you're going out of the house. A trusted feminine pad like Modess, which offers fast absorption and leakage protection, can help you be more period-ready as you move forward and upward in the new normal world.
#BeNextPeriodReady is an event organized by Modess in collaboration with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization and the ABS-CBN Foundation. Held on April 26, its mission is to educate and equip teen girls and women about their periods as they go back to school or go out to work, to normalize conversations about periods, and to promote menstrual equity by appealing to those concerned to consider feminine pads as essentials.
Follow these beauty queens’ tips so you, too, can #BeNextPeriodReady. Watch this special FB Live and learn more about the event and menstrual health and hygiene.
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