Women Are Live-Tweeting Their Periods, And It's Absolutely Amazing

by Gillian Fuller

Last fall, female Twitter users began sharing period-related stories on the social media site with hashtag #LiveTweetYourPeriod.

The hashtag, which emerged in November, encourages women to speak openly and honestly about their menstrual cycles, often through hilarious, relatable anecdotes detailing the struggles of womanhood.

Last week, Jenna Wortham praised the social media movement in a piece for The New York Times Magazine.

She believes the hashtag, while often humorous and lighthearted, has the potential to eliminate some of the social stigma associated with menstruation and female reproductive health.

She wrote:

On the surface, [the hashtag] seems like little more than communal commiseration, but to me, it felt like something bigger: a micro protest against a modern paradox. Social media is saturated with images of hypersexualized women, but these are rarely considered as scandalous as content that dares to reveal how a woman's body actually functions.

Wortham's piece sparked a resurgence in the hashtag's popularity among Twitter users.

It's not surprising: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports two-thirds of women have some sort of pain during their periods and up to 85 percent experience uncomfortable premenstrual symptoms.

It's no wonder we need to vent.

Check out some of the best posts below.

Women from all walks of life are hopping on the #LiveTweetYourPeriod bandwagon.

Sweatpants are all that fits me right now... #LiveTweetYourPeriod — Raleigh! (@RaleighOnTheAir) June 22, 2015

The shared stories of struggle are spot-on (pun totally intended).

how do I uninstall my period if I have decided I do not want children thank you #livetweetyourperiod — Jung Geld Niki (@_msthirdward) June 18, 2015

Some ladies are offering advice for how to cope....

#livetweetyourperiod Creepy men will leave you alone if you tell them your vagina is bleeding. — Angela Marie (@_une_femme_) June 13, 2015

...while others offer confirmation you're not the only one to have that problem.

That moment when you stand up and there's a rush of blood and you hope & pray it didn't stain your pants. #livetweetyourperiod — DALAYYYY (@TheToast2015) June 12, 2015

Some have taken the 'tag a little too literally.

#LiveTweetYourPeriod — Nicola. (@NicolaSillyBum) May 23, 2015

But, who cares when we feel like this?

Ceremony in a hour and a half. I've just got my period. #MarryingOffMother #LiveTweetYourPeriod — E (@VexSlain) June 20, 2015

Or this:

Day One: Anything you are thinking of doing, just don't. #LiveTweetYourPeriod — E (@VexSlain) May 20, 2015

Or this:

I feel like a house. I got on these too tight ripped jeans and I look like a marshmallow tied up in rubber bands. #livetweetyourperiod — Tracy LaFway Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) May 16, 2015

Our individual struggles may vary...

I honestly feel like I'm dying.. Do chickens feel this when they lay eggs?... #livetweetyourperiod — Hazel Eyes (@Blondiemocha) April 28, 2015

...but we're all thinking the same thing.

#livetweetyourperiod for three days each month this is ALL I can be — CAMKIE (@EmotionBrown) May 16, 2015

Citations: Women Share Their Menstruation Woes With LiveTweetYourPeriod Hilarity Ensues (Huffington Post), Our Bodies Our Feeds (New York Times Magazine)