I’m Kate and I recently joined The Dot this semester as one of the co-chairs of Advocacy and Internal Development. With Valentine’s Day just having passed, I have been thinking about things in my life that I love or have an appreciation for, and honestly, my period was not one of them. I thought about whether this was because of personal experience, social construction surrounding menstruation, or simply finding it to be an inconvenience, and I realized it was all three. Periods are often a private topic and carry a lot of social stigma for people menstruate and even those who do not. For as long as I can remember, I absolutely dreaded my periods because of all the changes that occurred in my body; I felt so bloated, my acne flared up, and I ate more sweets in one sitting than I care to admit. Although many menstruators experience similar symptoms, collectively known as PMS, we are taught to loathe them with the beginning of a monthly cycle. Advances in technology and the menstrual product field contribute to this idea by constantly marketing new gadgets meant to soothe side effects one may experience during their period. This month, however, I decided to take a more positive approach to my period and show it a little more love. As a science major, I decided to start off with the biological fact that menstrual cycles, although they can be irregular, physically show signs of a hormonally functioning body. Hormones make up a majority of bodily systems, so without them, it would be challenging for bodies to fulfill daily needs and maintain homeostasis. During high school, I began experiences issues with my period due to over-exercising and undereating. While I always despised “that time of the month,” knowing I was skipping periods due to self-induced stress on my body made me feel disappointed in myself. I was embarrassed that I could not even take care of my body enough so that it could perform its regular functions. Eventually, I gained my regularity back and realized my monthly period was something I took for granted. The second point I want to touch on is the empowerment periods can instill in menstruators. For decades, and even today, periods have been a source of shame, but that is beginning to change with movements that want to reverse this narrative. People are becoming much more public about their experiences with menstruation and the rights they have as menstruators. Organizations, such as The Dot, are on the rise at university and high school campuses to try and fix disparities among different populations of menstruators. These collaborative efforts work to destigmatize this natural wonder of the body and create new belief constructs for future generations of menstruators. Reflecting on these two points, I definitely want to continue showing my period some more love and especially appreciate how it keeps me healthy and gives me something to be proud of. Now, I completely understand if you still dread the cramps and headaches that come with "that time of the month," but if you do menstruate, I encourage you to try and acknowledge what can love about your period and maybe start to change your perspective on what your period means to you.