India is a country where women are still considered as dirty and impure during their menstruation. So, we definitely need to raise awareness regarding this issue and break all myths and taboos. Periods should not be something we ashamed of or something we need to hide. Talking about periods in society is important and necessary from the perspective of the wellness of a woman. And Without proper education, this taboo will persist. We need everyone to know that getting periods is not a bad thing. Indian mothers do not tell about menstruation to their daughters & sons at a proper age. So they are not properly educated and they think that period is disgusting.
Many of us don’t know about the reason for monthly bleeding. So First, we all need to know about this body cycle.
What is menstruation –
Every girl starts her menstruation at the age of 10 to 12. Thereafter, it occurs for 4 to 5 days. It happens due to ovulation.
Menstruation, also known as a period or monthly, is the regular discharge of blood & mucosal thickening (known as menses) from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. The first period usually begins between 10 and 12 years of age!
The menstrual cycle occurs due to the rise and fall of hormones. This cycle results in the thickening of the lining of the uterus and the ￼growth of an egg (which is required for pregnancy). The egg is released from an ovary around day fourteen in the cycle; the thickened lining of the uterus provides nutrients to an embryo after implantation. If pregnancy does not occur, the lining is released in what is known as periods.
We need to understand that menstruation is a natural and important part of reproduction!
Menstruation is nothing but a very normal biological phenomenon, and adolescent girls and women should understand that they have the power of procreation only because of this virtue.
Mothers must talk about it to their daughters and make them feel that this is a natural body cycle and there is nothing to ashamed of it.
We need to teach boys also, so they develop respect for the female natural monthly cycle.
Weird rules during menstruation –
In most parts of India, women are kept separately during menses. They are not allowed to touch anything. They are not allowed to go to temples or worship god at home.
They are taught not to talk about it in front of the male members of their family.
Menstrual hygiene –
In villages, mostly women wear used clothes at the time of periods! If these clothe are not properly washed, it can create many infections.
They don’t have access to sanitary pads.
India is a country where condoms are tax-free and sanitary napkins had a 12 % tax! Though now taxes have been reduced.
Menstruation hygiene campaigns must be organized in rural areas situation will be better if there will be more awareness about menstruation! The change will happen when we start discussing about periods with our family & friends.