Why I can’t say the word ‘period’ out loud

I can hardly remember an instance where I haven’t hidden my discomfort about my ‘period’ in front of my dad or other male members of my family.

Yes, we are in 2020! But I am still working towards not feeling awkward about something so normal. I mean as teenageres, we’ve all been told “this is a ladies problem, keep it to yourself.”

And so as 28th May is Menstrual Hygiene Day, I just thought that well, there is a basic issue that I’ve dealt with all my life.

The P word has always had a coded language of its own and I wonder just why?