I had my first panic attack in 2008. I remember thinking I was going to die right then and there. But I didn’t die, instead, I ended up at urgent care where an over-worked PA shoved a prescription for Xanax in my face and sent me on my way. I relied solely on medication to control my anxiety for a little under two years.
Menstrual stigma can have a wide range of effects on young girls and women and can even influence how we care for our bodies and the products we choose to use. As a young girl I remember learning about the two ways to capture my blood flow: pads or tampons.