Excitement, giggles, curiosity all around!!! Ssshhh!!! Sit down Biology ma’am is coming, she’s going to start with the next chapter “how do organisms reproduce”.
The most fascinating topic in that chapter is “MENSTRUATION”, although the complete chapter is.
WHAT IS MENSTRUATION / PERIODS?
Something which is served as a filthy topic, something which should be murmured amongst the close ones. Women’s usually feel embarrassed while shopping for sanitary pads. They either ask their husbands to get it or they order it online. But why do your husbands need to get it, why can’t you ladies?
Is it something shameful? Why has menstruation become so difficult to talk about? Don’t you understand the menstrual pain??
So people, listen,
Menstruation/ periods is a naturally occurring function in women of reproductive age. It is the regular discharge of blood from the lining of the uterus at an interval of about 28 days from puberty until menopause. It is a mark of feminity! And in some religions, it is considered to be the biggest part of a lady’s life. Several cultures celebrate women’s first menstruation. Yet, some women’s are made to feel embarrassed and ashamed about this.
According to statistics, 40% of women have experienced PERIOD -SHAMING. These shamers are a male friend, a family member or a close relative.
Color has a huge impact on our emotions, our perceptions, and our spiritual and physical well being.
RED implies different meanings- love, purity, passion, desire, strength, leadership, energetic and determined.
Another significant meaning of RED in India’s diverse culture is Menstrual Hygiene. With the word, menstruation is connected various myths, taboos, superstitions which are prevailing even today in our society.
MENSTRUATION/ PERIOD MYTHS
You can’t enter a kitchen or cook food for anyone else.
You can’t enter a place of worship and is forbidden from practicing religious ceremonies.
You can only enter a place of prayer once you’ve washed your hair on or after the fourth day.
You can’t eat or touch pickle…it is believed to be threatening.
After a girl’s first menstruation, any kind of physical contact with a boy can make her pregnant.
I don’t find any of these myths to be a logical one and most importantly, none of the above myths are scientifically proven.
Just women’s have to take care of their menstrual hygiene.
WHY WOMEN’S FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT PERIODS?
According to Indian Diversity, menstruation is associated with smell, mess, blood, gore, impurity, and disgust. Probably this is the reason they don’t want to talk about this.
According to findings, one out of every seven girls doesn’t know what’s happening to them. Just because no one talks about it?! The end result is…? Absolutely suffering and suffering and creating a mental pressure.
NOT ONLY THE GIRLS
There’s a big need of a clear demonstration of about what’s about to come. This should certainly be a part of school and college curriculum. Schools need to be more open about the topic of menstruation. Girls should be given complete information and resources that can help them understand what’s going to happen to their bodies at the time of puberty.
Both boys and girls should be a part of this.
Boys tend to have a different attitude when they are in mixed groups, rather than single sex groups.
In front of the girls, some boys tend to be more contempt and hard-hearted about the issues associated with periods.
When boys are alone, they learn a lot about this topic.
OK NOW UNDERSTAND THIS 28 DAYS CYCLE
Low estrogen= fatigue
Uterine contractions= cramps
As estrogen increases…energy rises- You feel upbeat
With estrogen up, your face looks more symmetrical
Your skin glows
With testosterone up…you’re on top of your game
You’re quick on your feet
You’re at your awesome and most fertile
Orgasms are the most intense and attainable
You’re optimistic and social
An ovary releases an egg, if not fertilized, dissolves
Sudden hormone changes may intensify emotions and tiredness
Testosterone and progesterone rush up.
Excess oil= pimples/ acne and sensitive skin
High progesterone can cause swelling or puffiness and lowered sexual urge
To ease breast soreness…cut down on caffeine
Reduce sugar intake
And get ready to….
DO IT ALL AGAIN…FROM DAY 1
CLAPS FOR OUR HEROES WHO CAME FORWARD TO BREAK THIS TABOO
“But my favorite is Arunachalam Muruganantham, also knows PADMAN the man who wore a sanitary pad to break the taboo- and that was the turning point. The nation started to debate on women’s menstrual hygiene in India.
His father was a handloom worker, so was he and was well aware of all the nitty- gritties of machine work and cotton.
What he didn’t know was the trouble, pain faced by women during menstruation.
He conducted workshops in nearby villages to educate women about the same. His eyes widened by the fact the women used things such as old rags, sand when they were on their periods.
He created a sanitary pad of cotton and asked his wife for the feedback.
He created a ‘uterus’ for himself from a football bladder and filled it with goat’s blood.
He mixed a supplement to prevent the blood from clotting but the smell did not stop. He used to roam around the whole day with the bladder tied under his clothes.
After almost four-and-a-half years, he successfully created a low-cost machine for the production of sanitary pads.
Today, he is successfully running a sanitary napkin business ”
HOW TO REMOVE THIS TABOO?
The most important EDUCATION
Proper and perfect understanding of the causes and effects of menstruation should be imparted to students at an early age.
Even family members should be open to this topic.
It is reviewed as a taboo because no one talks about it.
I don’t understand why there is something to hide about which is just as normal as peeing.
Youths now it’s your time to step up and break these myths.
CAMPAIGNS can be launched by the government as well in this regard.
Imagine a world where every woman can freely speak up about their totally natural and biological processes? How about the students understand the importance of menstruation and they don’t giggle over it? How about a lady herself goes to the medical store and asking for a sanitary pad? How about the pharmacist gives it without wrapping it up?
Imagine a girl, who can share her pain with her father without being embarrassed. Imagine the comfort of the woman/man getting a packet of the pad without being stared at.
It’s time we realize that menstruating is not a crime! It’s time we speak up! Tell your husband, brother, boyfriend, father to go and proudly get your monthly needs.
It is YOU who can bring about this change.