Woman Shares Brutally Honest Photo Of Period Side Effects

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Despite the perpetual cycle of menstruation, we still live in an age when the subject is taboo.

But one Instagram fitness model has taken it upon herself to smash the societal ban on talking about your period with a series of candid photographs.

Malin Olofsson shared a photograph showing the extreme bloating she experiences at her time of the month.

〰 Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven't. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I'm not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I'm pregnant. 〰 This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more. Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. 〰 THIS 👏🏽 IS 👏🏽 NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes – it is very uncomfortable, and yes – it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I've decided that my body's reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I've decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life. 〰 Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job.

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Malin wrote:

Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven’t. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I’m not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I’m pregnant.

This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it’s less extreme, for some it’s more.Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period.

THIS IS NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of.

Describing the painful side effects, Malin continued:

Yes – it is very uncomfortable, and yes – it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in.

I’ve stopped. I’ve decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think.

I’ve decided that my body’s reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I’ve decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life.

This is my body. Some would call it skinny, some would call it muscular. Others will call it bloated. Some would call it fat. Some people will envy it, do everything in their power to obtain the same shape and form. Go through hell to look anything near this body. Some people will be disgusted – and would rather die than have their body look anything like this. If I'd seen this body three years ago I would have been disgusted. I would have seen a fat body, a body that's huge. A body that's anything but okay. I would rather have died than have my body look like this. This is not an exaggeration. Today I love my body. I am grateful that I still have a body considering what I put it through. I love my body because of everything that it is capable of, of what it enables me to do. I love the fact that I can sit on the floor and on chairs without having my bones hurt my skin. I love the fact that I can lift heavy objects, that I can stand up without fainting, that I can run to the bus when I have to, that I can take a shower without having to sit down half-way through it due to not having the leg-strenght for standing up. I love my body's shape, size and form. Not because of the actual appearance but because I have DECIDED to love it no matter how it looks. I owe my body love, so much love. No matter if you're overweight, underweight, have a physical injury, are disabled, need to lose weight, need to gain weight – no matter if you're trans, bi, gay, queer, black, white you OWE your body love. Your body keeps you alive. If you are breathing – you're okay, your body is okay. Your body is amazing. Thank it for being there with you, for you – because it's the only thing you can be certain of having for the rest of your life. It is you and your body. That's it.

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In among Malin’s ‘fitspo’ selfies, she also tries to campaign for body positivism. Malin battled anorexia for 15 years.

As a woman who knows all to well the consequences of ill feelings towards your own body, her message strikes a powerful chord with others who are trying to overcome the same obstacles.

Malin now dedicates her time to fitness and activism, as well as helping other women love their bodies.

📷 @rumpustimeisover 👘@riviasports

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Malin explained that she has learned to love her body, saying:

Do not blame your body for how you’re feeling. It is never your body’s fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks.

Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite.

Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don’t have to be ashamed and hide.

Adding, ‘You are perfect and your body is just doing it’s job’, Malin helps to debunk one of the myths about monthly menstruation and prove that our bodies are to be loved and respected.

In a time of free-bleeding, the Great Tampon Tax Debate, and specially-designed period pants for women, Malin is at the forefront of a great feminist movement.

Take a bow, Malin.