Finally, a candid conversation about periods. We get it. Periods are personal. Choosing empowerment over embarrassment, we’re here to give a real-life lesson on menstrual cycles and our bodies. And what better way to do that than from hearing stories about periods from our colleagues, friends and people we have met on this incredible journey. So join us as we talk about- yep, you guessed it - periods. #leaveyourstain
Who are you (we’d love to get to know you!) and what are your preferred pronouns?
Kwe’ (Hello) My Name is Nadia George (she/her), and I am a Mi’kmaw-Canadian Actress & Media Personality based out of Toronto. But my main passion is advocating for the things that have deep meaning for me. In addition to the fore mentioned, being a mom of a 21 year old and in the social services world for over 10 as a therapist has given me a chance to see the world through a different lens. Now my work focuses on uplifting young voices, advocating for changes in the discourse about reproductive health and beauty. My goal is to be a strong presence in addressing stigmas around contemporary Indigenous identity, and advocating for the equity of Indigenous Communities and People.
How did you first learn about periods?
My mom had given me and my sisters a book about the body when were 8 I think, it honestly was a great little book simplified for kids. It had one page explaining periods but I don’t remember really understanding it.
Do you remember your first period conversation? Who was it with and what was that like?
Funny story ... when I was 12 I got what some would consider a “fake period” i remember running home from the park cuz I had to use the bathroom really bad, and discovered blood in my underwear. I wasn’t freaked out, just very curious and showed my mom. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mom so excited (laughs). She explained Moon-time to me and that this is a powerful time for women, then she ran and told the neighbour (laughs) and they held a little party for me. She told me about pads but not tampons. But it was two more years before I got a period again (laughs).
When did you get your first period?
I was 14 when I got my period again. my mom explained it all over, but had to explain tampons due to me being a cheerleader and wearing very tight clothing (laughs).
How was it? What happened?
I just remember feeling confused about the products and scared people would know I was on it. Oh and the cramps ... yuck!
Do you try to take extra care of yourself while on your period? If so, how?
Yes I give myself the rest and rejuvenation my body seeks, it’s a bit harder to do with my career, as time stops for no one ... or as they say “the show must go on”. But I take baths, sleep a little extra and use heating pads when needed. I suffer from Adenomyosis, so my periods are extra heavy and painful. So sometimes I take sick days and just rest my body.
What are your favourite period products?
I love the nixit cup and the foam wash, having a disorder where your uterus swells greatly, it’s nice to have a product that doesn’t put extra pressure in those areas.
Is there anything else about your period experiences you want to share?
In many Native cultural beliefs, Moon-Time is a special time where you are connecting with Mother Earth. We are super powerful, and are not expected to do certain activities such as child care, cooking, cleaning, smudging with male sage etc. The community or your partner takes on these responsibilities while our bodies are in this stage.
Have the last challenging months affected your period and if so, how did you best navigate?
It’s actually made it easier for me, I don’t have to leave the house when on my periods; which means less sick days and medications needed.
So that’s a win for me!