Should you be ashamed of your period?

Doit-on avoir honte de ses règles ?

Céline is 18 years old and a student at a communication and advertising school in Paris.

Céline is also one of our customers, and not only!

Today, Céline tells us about her complexes, her journey as a woman and her sometimes difficult relationship with menstruation while explaining what Elia lingerie menstrual panties have changed for her . But she also gives us her little life lesson.

Why take part in the Elia shoot?

"What pushed me to pose in Elia lingerie was that I was subscribed to the Instagram account. So I saw that the casting was proposed and I really left with the idea of "why not", I have absolutely nothing to lose. On the one hand, it was a bit of a challenge because I'm extremely shy and self-conscious. And it's really quite complicated for me to pose in front of a camera, and on top of that in panties. So it was really a big experience for me and I don't regret it at all. »

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What is your relationship with your period?

"I have often, especially at the beginning of my period, completely dissociated myself from my period. That is to say, when I had my period, I actually experienced it quite badly. It's not that I hated myself but for me it was really dirty, I had to hide it, I was living it quite badly anyway. And in fact I realized that it was mainly due to the fact that I was completely in the dark. I had no idea what was going on, I didn't really know why I had them. I had my first period when I was 14 years old.

I had them in college so it was okay because I had my friends with me, they reassured me enough. I know that my mom, apart from giving me sanitary protection, that's it, it was limited to that.

It took me about 2 years before I already accepted myself when I had my period and on top of that I really understood what it was, why did I have them?

To be able to talk about it freely, not necessarily to hide. I was in ignorance and the more I listened to others, the more I wanted to help others so that they wouldn't be in the same situation as me. »

Do you have pain during your period?

"I've always had fairly heavy periods. It's never been painful until now: it's been about a year, a year and a half that the first few days have been almost unbearable.

I know that on the first day I often can't get out of bed because I really don't feel well at all. And by the way, I also had small problems with it in the sense that in fact I wasn't believed.

When I said I'm in pain because of my period, I was told "but I stopped a lot, you force it". So I was experiencing it even worse because I had the impression on the one hand that I wasn't understood, on the other hand that I was saying to myself "if it's actually just me, it's just in my head".

This pain is legitimate, I don't invent it and I don't do it because I want to stay in bed for a day. »

Do you know where these pains come from?

"I just know that when you have periods sometimes it hurts, I don't know exactly the precise cause. In fact, it wasn't a pain that was so strong that I really told me that I had to go to the doctor. And since I also knew that if I talked about it with my mom for example, "I really don't feel well, can we see a doctor?", she wasn't necessarily going to take me seriously because she has never had painful periods.

So for her in fact if she didn't have them, well it will be the same thing for me. With my father we never talked about it.

On the other hand, my parents' astonishment is the only one who believes me when I tell him that I am in pain because of my period, which will really leave me alone for the day. It was still a rather unexpected support, but really it felt good. »

You told us that you had complexes, can you tell us about them?

"I'm really self-conscious about my body in general, so I imagine like almost all teenagers. In my stomach where I didn't feel fat but here I have little discomforts, little complexes. The fact that I saw myself in photos, that I saw myself in panties, suddenly with my belly exposed, not hidden as I usually do, was also a way for me to give myself an image of "I'm still pretty".

There's no point in me hiding because I don't really have much to hide, and that's it, I'm also very good in front of a camera.

When I left I really said to myself "what did I just do? Will I really accept to see myself in photos? That other people can see me like this? And in fact, the more I thought about it, the more I said to myself: well, it's done, I'm not going to back down now.

I had a really good time. At no time did I really feel bad about myself or that.

Finally in front of the camera I felt really good. So yes today now I feel much better. Even in front of a camera it feels much better so I'm very glad I did it.

What do your scars represent?

"Actually, I have two. So I have one right in the middle of my chest and I have one in my back. I was born with a heart defect.

Since I was one year old I've had these two scars, so I have no memory of that, I grew up with them. I know that it happened to me when I was little to look in the mirror and say to myself "oh it's true, I have a scar", I actually forgot about them, it was really an integral part of me. I'm a big self-conscious, but it's never been a complex.

Whether people ask me questions or make the remark "oh you have scars", I never really experienced it badly or experienced it as if I had to hide it because in fact for me yes it made me different but in a good way. »


What do you think of Elia menstrual panties?

"I'm super happy. First of all, it helps me a lot at night, I mainly wear them at night, and it helps me because I don't have to wake up stressed, either during the night or in the morning, telling myself that I stained my sheets or something happened, or that's it. At least I know that I can sleep peacefully.

I find them super comforting, I don't know how to explain, but I know that when I really put them on I feel good, I feel protected. I know I'm going to be able to sleep and I'm going to be able to feel really good. I find them super comfortable and I've never had a problem with leaks so that's great! »

A little word for the end?

"For me, you have to be informed because the more you are in the dark, the less you know about it, the more you ask yourself questions that will not be answered, and the more prejudices you have, and that's how it continues."

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