The new ghd pink collection donates to the Irish Cancer Society
The new ghd pink collection donates to the Irish Cancer Society

Holly O'Neill

7 homes for sale in Ireland that are RIGHT on the water
7 homes for sale in Ireland that are RIGHT on the water

Lauren Heskin

Ask The Expert: Surrogacy in Ireland – legally, what do I need to know?
Ask The Expert: Surrogacy in Ireland – legally, what do I need to know?

Karen Tobin

‘When your business is in design, good camera quality is essential’: Siobhan Lam on running interiors business April and the Bear
‘When your business is in design, good camera quality is essential’: Siobhan Lam on running...

Lauren Heskin

‘Comparing women and men’s sport goes against the spirit of, well, sport’
‘Comparing women and men’s sport goes against the spirit of, well, sport’

Edaein OConnell

6 steps to improve your gut health, according to a gastroenterologist
6 steps to improve your gut health, according to a gastroenterologist

IMAGE

Tokyo controversies: It’s 2021, why can’t the Olympics get it right?
Tokyo controversies: It’s 2021, why can’t the Olympics get it right?

Sarah Finnan

Tokyo 2020: When the Irish Olympic team are competing and how to watch them
Tokyo 2020: When the Irish Olympic team are competing and how to watch them

Sarah Finnan

‘Love Island’ is finally love islanding and last night’s episode was full of drama
‘Love Island’ is finally love islanding and last night’s episode was full of drama

Sarah Finnan

Glossier Solar Paint is your cheat for natural sun-kissed skin
Glossier Solar Paint is your cheat for natural sun-kissed skin

Holly O'Neill

Image / Self / Health & Wellness
Sponsored

WATCH: Irish Natalya O’Flaherty’s powerful poem on period comfort and breaking the taboo

Sponsored By

by Shayna Sappington
15th Jul 2021
Sponsored By

Gillian Hyland

The Irish spoken word poet and Tampax have teamed up to release a moving video, calling for change to how we approach period conversations and comfort

 Irish spoken word poet Natalya O’Flaherty has never shied away from an issue she’s felt passionate about, often championing more freedoms for young people in Ireland and pushing for progress, which is why her new campaign with Tampax makes perfect sense.

According to a new Tampax study, almost a quarter of young people aged 18-34 in Ireland claim that they feel embarrassed discussing their period. In addition, 62% of those surveyed find that their period is a barrier to feeling comfortable and hinders their confidence.

Aiming to dispel period shame by opening up a dialogue surrounding period health and promote period comfort, the new campaign focuses on breaking the taboo around periods. Only then can we feel comfortable not only talking about this but also accessing the information we need to feel physically comfortable during our period as well.

Breaking the taboo

You may recognise Natalya O’Flaherty from her appearance on The Late Late Show – where she has performed several pieces, including ‘Not Like Other Girls’. Now, she’s a famous face in the world of spoken poetry and has graced stages like The National Concert Hall, Electric Picnic and many more.

Commissioned by Tampax to create a new poem, she takes us on a personal journey following discomfort in her own life, from pre-performance jitters to settling in on stage to speak her truth. Her message is poignant – everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own skin, understand what our bodies experience and not be ashamed or afraid to talk about it with others. 

It’s time to break the taboo and begin normalising the conversation around periods.

Watch the full video below: 

#TimeToTampax

As part of this taboo-breaking campaign with Tampax, Natalya hopes her words will start a conversation and a drive for education on period comfort, especially inspiring young people in Ireland.

“As the younger generations of Ireland become increasingly progressive, I think there is still a chasm that exists when it comes to inspiring and empowering them,” she said.

“Letting young people my age know that comfort and confidence should never have to be compromised because of something as simple and uncontrollable as biology is a powerful message.

“The video touches not only on the physical discomfort that people who menstruate have to go through but also the emotional discomfort that too often manifests as embarrassment and shame. That narrative needs to and will change.”


For more information on menstrual health and products, visit Tampax’s Tampons Truths to get the facts. 

Also Read

SELF
Schedule some self-care: 5 surprising signs you’re stressed

The pressure to always put your best foot forward can bring on a great deal of stress. And because stress...

By Jennifer McShane

baby essentials
PARENTHOOD, SHOPPING
Prepping for the arrival of a little one? Here’s what you need

Here’s where to find all your baby essentials and extras online.With the endless amount of baby products available, it can...

By Shayna Sappington

tapping
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Tapping: the wellness trend that will help you ease post-lockdown anxiety

This quick seven-minute tapping routine is a great way to destress and help you ease any post-lockdown anxieties that may...

By Sarah Finnan

REAL-LIFE STORIES, PARENTHOOD
Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams describe their daughter’s birth in – their car

Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario and Suits star Patrick J. Adams just welcomed their second child together, and apparently,...

By Jennifer McShane

movement therapy
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Movement therapy became a thing in lockdown, here’s why it’s worth holding on to post-Covid

We ask physiotherapist and founder of Freedom Physio Christine Gioia about the latest lockdown trend – movement therapy – and...

By Shayna Sappington

daily practice
ADVICE, HEALTH & WELLNESS
The importance of introducing a daily practice into your routine

A daily practice is any activity “that becomes part of your regular routine and encourages you to pause, to go inward and slow down”.

By Niamh Ennis

Whether you label it the ‘mask of masculinity,’ ‘toxic masculinity,’ or ‘the man box,’ the traditional conception of manhood still holds sway
premium HEALTH & WELLNESS
‘The only thing I was thinking was ‘don’t cry, that’s what women do’: What does ‘masculinity’ mean today?

Modern young men are navigating a new form of masculinity in the wake of their former heroes’ demise, but is 'toxic masculinity' still the root cause of our brothers, fathers and friends’ downfalls?

By Kate Demolder