#mitúVOICE

Latina Writes Letter About Tampons To Her Mom – And It’s Hilarious

Dear Hi Mom,

It’s time for us to talk about something we’re both going to hate. It involves my vagina and a foreign object. I’m sorry, I know this is going to be super awkward for the both of us.

Credit: Live From LA

When I first got my period you gave me “The Period Talk.” Granted, you did an okay job explaining that if I have sex or even think about it, I’d end up pregnant and that this officially made me a señorita – whatever that means. You gave me the proper tool, an ultra maxi pad. But honestly, I’m tired of wearing diapers under my skinny jeans and I don’t want to get started on the overnight extra heavy flow pads that go all the way up to my lower back.

Credit: glee.wikia.com

Insisting that I wear pads is by far the most humiliating thing you could’ve done to me. Every time I go to the restroom to change, everyone knows I’m PMSing because they hear me rip the pad off my underwear. Also, did you forget that I’m sitting on a pillow made up of my own blood for hours at a time? And do you know how hard it is to get rid of a dirty pad when there’s no trash can in the bathroom? It’s the worst.

Credit: American Idol / Fox / AmericanIdol / Tumblr

Later, no thanks to you, I discovered a little something called a tampon. When I asked you about it, you said, “¡NO!” right away “porque ya no vas a ser virgen.”

But mom, I’ve done my research and here are a few facts about tampons you need to know.

1. As romantic as it sounds, tampons do not take your virginity.

2. Although I won’t wear a white skirt or do gymnastics in a tampon, it does hold everything in place.

3. It’s not just my friends that you don’t like that are wearing them. It’s what most women under 41 use.

4. I know you’re afraid it’ll hurt me or get stuck. No mom, when a tampon is inserted correctly, you don’t feel a thing and your cervix is way too small to let a tampon through. I’m safe.

5. No need for you to show me how to use one, we have ton of YouTube videos, which saves us both the weird conversation.

So, it would be great if next time you go to the store, you buy me a box and leave it on my bed. Glad we had the talk. Love you.

For the love of periods, share.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Agencies Are Receiving A Shocking Amount Of Requests For Surrogates Who Won’t Get The COVID Vaccine

Fierce

Agencies Are Receiving A Shocking Amount Of Requests For Surrogates Who Won’t Get The COVID Vaccine

With the availability of coronavirus vaccines growing across the United States, want-to-be parents are searching for surrogates who have yet to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. One of their bigger requests? They also want women who are willing to stay unvaccinated until they carry the parents’ children to term.

Surrogacy agencies are currently working to match vaccine-averse prospective parents with surrogates who are willing to stay unvaccinated. 

According to VICE, “for those with pregnancies already underway, the decision about whether to vaccinate is forcing surrogates and would-be parents into tough conversations. Pregnant people face higher risks of severe illness if they catch COVID-19—which could lead them to give birth too early.”

Recently, an agency based in California called Surrogate First, reported that nearly a quarter of their patrons have requested an unvaccinated surrogate. The report highlights that

“We had intended parents who did not want her [the surrogate] to have the vaccination, were worried about COVID, and they actually paid for her lost wages to not work the last three months” of her pregnancy, Mareko said. “It gave peace of mind to them and it allowed the surrogate not to have any type of financial hardship.”

According to reports, eager parents and surrogates have struggled to be on the same page about vaccines and safety since the pandemic.

“Intended parents already feel a lack of control over this pregnancy since they’re not physically carrying themselves,” Gayle Garrett, Surrogate Solutions’ founder told Vice. “They’re trusting another person to carry this pregnancy, and at the same time, they’re trusting someone else that she will adhere to the [COVID-19] guidelines.”

As of today, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, revealed that over 10,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated in the United States. In early February, Dr. Anthony Fauci underlined that there have been zero “red flags” when it comes to pregnancy and vaccines. Animal testing of mRNA vaccines, such as the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, found zero impact on fertility or pregnancies.

Pfizer recently also announced that they would initiate another round of trials that would include 4,000 pregnant women.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

There’s A New Kit For Your PreTeen’s First Period That Will Make Talking About It Way Less Taboo

Fierce

There’s A New Kit For Your PreTeen’s First Period That Will Make Talking About It Way Less Taboo

Everyone remembers getting their first period. Whether you were at a friend’s sleepover, riding your bike or sitting in math class, it’s a moment straight out of a teen novel that forever alters your life. A reminder of what your body is capable of, it’s a marker of growing up—and if you haven’t been prepared for what’s involved, it can be a daunting experience.

But, thankfully, today there are so many resources out there to help make that experience easier for the teen getting her first period and for the parents who get to explain all these changes.

The new kit for her first period helps teens embrace their periods.

Getting your first period is a milestone in a woman’s life but thanks to our patriarchal society it’s long been considered a taboo. And, as a result, young girls and women are left suffering to figure it out on their own.

Thankfully, there are new companies out there working to make menstrual education the norm and they’re determined to provide knowledge and supplies to teens who are just starting to menstruate – especially if they’re from underrepresented communities. They’re working to set up the next gen of people who menstruate with better access to products and information so they can feel confident while navigating their bodies’ natural changes.

“We’re dedicated to encouraging families to openly communicate about period and puberty education,” Crystal Etienne, founder of Ruby Love, told POPSUGAR. “We launched our bestselling first-period kits that include educational materials that challenge common misconceptions about puberty and equip teens with the tools they need to embrace their periods.”

Products like these are so important since a woman’s period has major impacts on her life.

A lot of people learn about menstruation and proper period care after having their first period, sometimes even years later. This has a huge impact on access to period care products and education and takes its toll on society as a whole.

For instance, in North America, up to 70 per cent of girls and women have missed school or work because of their period, according to research by UNESCO. Then there’s the very serious issue of health effects. At least one study found that Black women are three times more likely to experience more severe period symptoms than white women, thanks to noncancerous growths in the uterus that can cause heavy periods.

“While the first period talk is an important introduction to puberty, the topic still remains taboo in many families,” Crystal explained to POPSUGAR.

“This can especially be true in minority groups who have traditionally been left out of the conversation due to stigmas surrounding the topic. As a mother, I know how important it is to have a menstrual-care option that is safe, easy to use, and helps celebrate a young girl’s growth. Discussing menstruation as a monumental rite of passage and making her first period experience as positive as possible influences how a young girl views menstruation,” she added.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com