AND THEY ALL SMILED

Lizzie Yaks
Posted May 29, 2019 from Nigeria

#MHDay2019#ItsTimeForAction

Growing up and passing through very heavy menstruation that I had to add up my pocket money to buy pad had always made me imagine what women and girls go through during their menstrual periods. I remember it all started few days to my resuming back to school and I couldn’t say a word to anyone except my friend who said I should go and buy a pad, which I did. The pad got finished within two days because I was bleeding profusely, with no one knowing what I was going through, I had to run to the school gate immediately I was dropped at school to buy more pad from a nearby chemist. This went on and once is my period time, to avoid embarrassment; I must double the pad, carry my cardigan and two extra pads and a pant to class. I usually get sick, and can’t concentrate in class. I saw it as normal and suffered for years in my ignorance, this is what drew my passion towards my daughters, that I took my time and taught them menstruation, why a girl/woman most go through it and how to package themselves and to hygienically take proper care of their bodies. When my eldest daughter started, she told me immediately and I was so proud and happy that she could confidently tell me. This led me to do more for teenage girls during this #MHDay2019#ItsTimeForAction; I was able to reach out to sixty girls in a secondary school with sanitary towels, taught them the menstrual bracelet and how to count the bracelet to know the date of their next menses. This brought smiles on their faces and they confidently shared their experiences. This led me to discover that more than half of them don’t have access to sanitary towels; they make use of rags during their menstrual period and this can lead to getting infected.  My next line of action is to teach them how to make reusable sanitary towels and I need couching and materials to enable me teach them and to reach out to more teenagers.

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 29
May 29

So amazing to read through your story, and thanks for it. As regards the coaching I have a profile link of one our sisters here, she might be of help.
Her company is into reusable pads. Try and reach her

https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/trine-angeline-sig

Have a great day.

Lizzie Yaks
May 29
May 29

Thanks daer Lisbeth for the encouragement. I will contact her with immediate effect. Together we can

Jill Langhus
May 30
May 30

Hi Lizzie,

Thanks for sharing your menstruation story. Great job on empowering your daughters and also all the other girls that you're helping, too. It's great that you're helping to de-stigmatize menstruation as well. Good luck with expanding your training and reach. I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes...

Lizzie Yaks
May 30
May 30

Thanks for the encouragement.

Jill Langhus
May 31
May 31

You're welcome, dear. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend:-)

Lizzie Yaks
May 31
May 31

Thanks Jill. Wish you same

Jill Langhus
May 31
May 31

You're welcome! Thank you:-)

Beth Lacey
May 30
May 30

You are helping so many girls feel better about themselves

Lizzie Yaks
May 30
May 30

Thanks Beth

Hello, Lizzie,

This is the first time I heard of menstrual bracelets, and I'm glad that these made your daughters smiled. You made them view menstruation as something to be celebrated. You are a good mother. May you influence more girls. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Please continue writing.

Lizzie Yaks
May 31
May 31

Thanks Karen. Together we can do more. Enjoy your weekend

You’re welcome, Lizzie. Yes, we can!