We have started getting better at having those conversations, but there is still a massive amount of stigma, shame and misunderstanding around women’s bodies.
It’s largely just because we have never really talked about it. It’s seen as something dirty and shameful. For teenage boys, for example, masturbation is seen as kind of a rite of passage, but it’s just not talked about with teenage girls.
Everything to do with female bodies and female sexuality is very hush-hush, you have the period talk which is only given to girls while boys are taken off separately to talk about wet dreams. It’s presented to us as something private, secret and shameful that you don’t talk about.
Contraception is often seen as something that is women’s problem and women’s responsibility, rather than something that couples should talk about collaboratively.
It’s just about having more of these conversations together, whether it’s about periods, whether it’s about contraception or just anatomy in general.