Hi! My name is Erin Moynihan, and I’m a proud menstruator! I’m from Seattle, Washington and just graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Social Work. I’m passionate about mental health advocacy, accessibility, writing, and books (especially Harry Potter). And of course, periods. I’m working as a Digital Content Intern for PERIOD and am beyond thrilled to share my story and experiences with people.
Why do you care about periods?
I care about periods because menstruation plays such a large role in my life, yet there are so few spaces that encourage people to talk about something that happens every month for half the population. Growing up, I always experienced terrible PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), and whenever I expressed how terrible I felt, it was usually laughed off. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been told, “You’re just PMSing, get over it.” Just a year ago, I was diagnosed with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and suddenly, everything made so much more sense. Not very many people know that PMDD exists! People don’t like to talk about it because people don’t like to talk about periods, despite them being a natural part of life. I’m here to talk about it! I care about periods because I care about my health and the health of other menstruators.
When was the moment you realized you were interested in becoming a part of the menstrual movement?
I’ve always loved talking about periods – in high school, I was the member of the friend group who would unabashedly talk about her period and was often told I was “over-sharing.” I don’t want to shy away from the topic. I decided I wanted to become a part of Menstrual Movement when I discovered PERIOD on Instagram – I loved their content and merchandise and am passionate about making the work they do to provide period products to homeless and low-income people. Period products are expensive – it’s not just pads and tampons, it’s also the pairs of underwear you go through each month, the medication for pain, the heating pad for cramps, the food cravings, and much more. I’ve always been privileged enough to be able to afford period products. I want to live in a world in which period products are accessible for everyone, no matter of race, gender, income, sexuality, etc. Period products aren’t a luxury, they’re a necessity.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time working with PERIOD, The Menstrual Movement?
During my time working with PERIOD, I hope to be able to be a part of this conversation and share my experiences as a menstruator with both PMDD and vaginismus. I want to create educational videos and articles and connect with people who are passionate about menstruating. I want to create the resources that I never had when I first began menstruating and didn’t understand all the changes my body was undergoing. I’m am thrilled to be a part of the team and share my experiences with the world – I’ve found that there is so much power in sharing experiences of hardship, pain, and growth. It’s empowering.