Schools to now teach 8-year-olds that ‘boys can have periods too’

Do you remember sex education in school? Do you remember learning about the birds and the bees, and all things natural on God’s green earth?

I certainly do. After all, such teachings can leave a lasting impression upon children, and rightly so. It’s important that we learn what are bodies are capable of, and the processes and changes we can expect to see as we grow older and mature.

Well, schools in Brighton, UK, have made headlines after introducing a gender inclusivity policy when teaching their students about menstruation. Children as young as eight-years-old will now be taught that individuals of any gender can get a period, whilst sanitary waste disposal units will be placed in all washrooms, not just those assigned to girls …

 

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According to reports, recent studies have shown that children are more likely to benefit when the subject of menstruation is tackled from a gender-inclusive point of view. That is to say that those naturally born as girls (and who still have female genitalia) but who identify themselves boys can and will get periods too.

Naturally, the subject has paved the way for quite the debate. Some parents have praised the idea, whilst others fear it could affect their children’s education.

Guidelines

As per Breitbart: “The instructions were included in guidelines published by the local council earlier this month on ‘Taking a Period Positive Approach in Brighton & Hove Schools’, which assert there is “more work to do across all settings to prevent and reduce stigma related to periods and talking about periods.”

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So your period has arrived and you are NOT FEELING IT! What can you do!? (note, mild period pain is common and is relieved by natural/OTC medication and does not prevent you from doing things. If your period pain is extreme, prevents you from doing things and is not easily managed with medicine, you need to see a professional. You may have endometriosis, adenomyosis or an underlying health issue) So why does period pain (dysmenorrhea) happen? It is caused by prostaglandins that are released by your uterine lining. Prostaglandins stimulate the uterine muscles to contract which helps shed the lining in the uterus. Too many prostaglandins cause pain, so the best way of treating the pain is to reduce them. HOW TO REDUCE PROSTAGLANDINS Preventative measures (these can be done all cycle long – you don’t need to do them all!): ✨magnesium glycinate supplement – helps relax your uterus & reduces prostaglandins ✨turmeric powder/capsule- a great anti inflammatory that helps to reduce prostaglandins ✨Zinc supplement – inhibits prostaglandins and inflammation ✨Omega 3s – help to reduce inflammation, try supplementing a vegan source like algal oil (flax, hemp, dark leafy greens are great food sources) ✨Exercise ✨Reduce/eliminate alcohol and inflammatory foods (fried & processed foods, dairy) Acute measures (acute means take when in pain/when needed): ✨Rest with a hot water bottle or heating pad ✨CBD oil – helps relieve pain and relax muscles (does not get you high!!) ✨Freshly grated ginger (or capsules) – take a few days before and during your period to help relieve cramps ✨Cramp bark tincture – relieves cramps ✨magnesium glycinate – can be taken acutely to help relieve cramping and pain ✨Ibuprofen – blocks prostaglandins Reducing and managing stress, getting enough restful sleep and eating well are your best friends when it comes to alleviating period issues, adding a few of these remedies into your routine may help eliminate period pain altogether. Pick a few things to try and always listen to your body! ? IMAGE BY AMY GUIP www.amyguip.com

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Countdown to Christmas: 8 days to go ?⁣ ⁣ #Repost @theredboxprojectuk⁣ ・・・⁣ ❤️ Our coordinators work incredibly hard to make sure that their local schools are equipped with the correct period products to help students manage their periods at school. All schools we work with have been so supportive and grateful.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Our aim is to quietly ensure no young person misses a day of school because they have their period.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ So we want to take this time to say thank you to all the schools who have helped us to reach out to thousands of young people – your kindness is really truly appreciated. ❤⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ You are fabulous and we wish you a fantastic, festive break! ⁣⁣⁣ ????⁣⁣

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Brighton & Hove City Council looked to clarify some of the guidelines, stating: “By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them. We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognizes the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary.”

In terms of opposition to the idea, there are those who believe teaching eight-year-olds about the concept of transgender boys having periods is the wrong way to go.

What do you think of the concept? Should children be taught such at an early age? Or is it political-correctness gone too far? Let us know in the comments box below.

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