Select your country

the #PantyChallenge
Arts & Culture / Eva Caiden

Why Discharge Is Not a Dirty Word

The internet has sparked many crazy trends: planking, Gangnam style, neknominate. But we think the latest is one of the worst. You may have seen the recent craze sweeping the internet called #PantyChallenge. It saw young women and girls sharing photos of their clean underwear, free of any of any signs of discharge. Apparently this is a good thing. *rolls eyes*

#pantychallenge

One worrying example of the #PantyChallenge

 

When we heard about the trend at Pink Parcel, we decided that as a company, we would take a stand against it. Why? Because the body shaming of women for something which is totally natural and beyond our control is not cool and we are calling it out. We want you to call it out too, by highlighting the ridiculousness of the trend and by talking about it with your friends. After all – if we label something our body does as disgusting, we are basically calling our body disgusting. And who wants to feel that way about their body?

Why the #PantyChallenge Is Not OK

Our resident doctor, Dr Yasmin Walters, explains why discharge is a normal part of being a woman. She says, “Discharge has a function, just like everything does in your body. Discharge helps your vagina clean itself and protect itself from infections.”

Think of it as functioning like saliva in your mouth. You wouldn’t be embarrassed about having moisture in your mouth – so why should it be any different when it’s in your vagina?

The amount and type of discharge you experience will be unique to you. What’s ‘normal’ for you is something you will learn over time. Dr Walters advises, “If your discharge ever becomes particularly smelly, itchy or you have any concerns, speak to your GP or sexual health clinic.”

Dr Walters continues, “Discharge isn’t embarrassing. It’s natural. It’s healthy. It’s part of what it is to be biologically female.” Amen to that.

If you haven’t signed up to Pink Parcel yet, it’s time to start enjoying your period! Subscribe here and you’ll have everything you need (and want) sent directly to your door.

Tags:

You might also like...


Arts & Culture

We Talk #PressForProgress For International Women’s Day

Could we be any more excited about International Women’s Day? Dedicating a day to celebrate women and focus on what we’ve achieved...

Arts & Culture

3 Books To Read About Women Who Have Changed Our World

We’re totally behind the powerful phrase “you can’t be, what you can’t see”, because how can women be inspired to do amazing...

Arts & Culture

Women We Love: 3 Super-Inspiring Business Stories

What do you dream of as you slog away at your desk? Is it your short-term goals, like planning your next vacay...

Arts & Culture

3 Books To Read About Essential Self-Care

Self-care is a big-deal buzzword in the world of wellbeing, but what does it *actually* mean? A quick hashtag search on Instagram...

X
chevron-right instagram twitter facebook-f snapchat youtube pintrest Magnifing glass User icon Envelope icon