I free bled once (for one menstrual cycle) – and honestly, I hope I never have to do it again.
I just want to preface all this by saying that I do fully appreciate that I’m in a privileged position whereby I have access to adequate menstrual hygiene care and that I also have the freedom to choose whether or not to free bleed, as I did this month. Of course, many are not afforded this choice due to their circumstances (whether they be people at risk, or living on the streets, or those who simply cannot afford fem-care products, to those who are impacted by cultural issues that prevents them from having access).
This is what your period would look like if it was a person. What a d*ck. Post continues after video.
This post and experience is not intended to offend or criticise anyone else’s circumstances or choices – it stemmed from a genuine interest and desire to better understand what it might be like for people who free-bleed, whether it be by choice or not and to then share that experience with others who have been wondering about it, too! I’m a firm believer that education and experience sharing empowers us – it allows us to be more empathetic and generally just better humans!
I have to admit, I’ve always thought that free bleeding wouldn’t be very convenient or conducive to my lifestyle, but they say “don’t knock it ‘til you try it” – and so, I didn’t. I was really intrigued by people’s responses and was super curious to give it a go myself. Here’s how my free bleeding period went down…
AKA “the heaviest day of the darn thing”. I was incredibly cautious as to what kind activities I chose to partake in today… I just really didn’t know what to expect. The first few hours of the onset of my period can be heavy and I also experience really bad lower abdominal cramps. Admittedly, I wasn’t excited for whatever was ahead of me.
I wore my favourite light-coloured jeans to work today and a g-string – a little brave perhaps, I know. I didn’t do this on purpose though – I just went about my business as I normally would on any other day (period or not).
As I began my day, thinking about what may lie ahead, I was nervous – but at the same time, I felt liberated. I did feel a sense of empowerment, maybe even a bit of entitlement? Like “look what I can do BECAUSE I CAN and how awesome is it and also I don’t care what anyone else thinks!”