When it comes to your daughters, you know what they like to eat, what their favorite color is, etc, but have you any idea what brand of pads they prefer to use, most probably not, right? Get in on the "bloody conversation," says actor Michael Sheen who himself is a father to a teenage daughter in a campaign by HeyGirlsUK. With #Pads4Dads, Dads all over the world need to educate themselves about periods, pads, tampons and everything in between to destigmatize menstruation and it all starts at home first.
Dads fear periods because they don't know much about it
Hey Girls, a UK-based social enterprise aims to eliminate period poverty in the UK and the rest of the world, however, when it comes to dads, there is little to no information out there to assist them, even when they want to support their daughters. While there are many dads who are very uncomfortable to hear, talk or bring up the period conversation, much of the fear stems from not knowing much about it. Daughters must get support from both parents, not just their mothers because oftentimes periods are not only painful and uncomfortable but can stop many girls and women from living a fuller life. The point is that though dads may not be experts in periods, they still can help, from knowing what to do when it comes to that time of the month. From knowing what helps to alleviate cramps to knowing which pads or tampons they prefer, to cooking up their favorite meal to just cheer up their daughter.
Daughters need their dads as much as their moms during their periods
Here in India, in spite of films like 'Padman' and 'Period. End of Sentence', making waves across the country and the world; periods have always been a complex topic in the Indian context. However, there are some Indian dads who are making sure that their daughters never feel ignore by them when it comes to the menstrual cycle. "She would get bad cramps during her periods. One such day, when her board exams were on... I could see she was in immense pain... I went up to her with a hot water bottle," said one dad. Daughters need their dads as much as their moms during their periods and if dads can help them get through the days of pain, discomfort and emotional upheavals, it is just an extra feather in their cap. Doing this will also help the other males at home like male siblings, for example, who must also be sensitized. End the stigma, bring about a change, but it starts at home first.
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