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Monday, October 2, 2017

Why don't people talk about Menstruation?


India is a democratic country. We have the Freedom of Speech and Expression under Article 19. But do we really use this right in a real sense? There are so many things which consider as taboo in our society and people don't wanna talk about it nor even they want to hear. One of the most taboo thing which is related to every girl's life is Periods. Yes, I am going to talk about Menstruation; I don't understand why people don't want to discuss this in public. India is the second most populous country in the World, above 60% are youth. Still, people don't want to talk about menstruation, child abuse or sex education.

Having a period is normal. It's a part of every woman's life. You can't deny it or ignore it; no one can. Instead, men should start to understand this. I know our society and education system or our so-called Indian values doesn't allow us to do this or gives proper education about it that's why in India almost 50% girls of age 14 to 17 knew nothing about Menstruation. Due to lack of facilities 28% girls absent from school during periods. Around 70% of women in India say their family can't afford sanitary pads. Barely 12% of India's menstruating women use the sanitary pad. These facts are very disturbing and disappointing. Many women using ashes, dried leaves, newspaper, old cloth, and husk sand to aid absorption which leads them to infection or serious health issues. 

I remember an incident from my school where our teachers gather all the girls in a hall and shut all the windows or door and made sure that no boys were watched or got to know what was exactly going on inside because few people came from Stayfree company to tell us about menstruation and how to use sanitary pads but why everyone told us to keep this thing hidden from everybody? I mean boys also have mother or sisters in their house. In future, they got married or having a girlfriend then how would they understand their mood swings, cramps or even PMS. Why Indian parents do not talk to their children about all this stuff? They should teach their sons that if they ever saw a blood stain on girl's cloth then don't feel nasty or make fun or embarrassed her in front of everyone. Just gently tell her about it or behave nicely to make her feel comfortable. Society doesn't allow to enter a girl into the temple or not even in the kitchen. Woman are prohibited from participating in normal life and day to day chores of her life. People consider them impure while menstruating. Such taboo impact on girl's or women's mental or emotional state, lifestyle and most important on their health. 



What is Period?
A period is when a woman's body releases tissues it no longer needs. These tissues come from the Uterus, where a baby can develop in the female body. If the egg doesn't get fertilized, that lining is released from the body like blood through the Vagina for few days (approx 5 to 7 days). It first occurs in girls usually between the age of 11 to 14 years.
Women get periods until menopause, which is when menstruation and the ability to have children stop. In most women, it usually happens in their late 40s or 50s. It can happen earlier or later depending on the female body or hormones. 

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) - It will make a woman wish she was never born female. An uncontrollable pain that can make a woman sad. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability and mood swings. It occurs a week or days before a woman's period. I got mood swing, a badly one that I can even kill a person if he/she makes me feel bad about myself or irritates me a little bit. Guys act like woman overreact but they don't realize or know the suffering a woman goes through and with all pain and suffering a woman will complete her task. So be nice to your girlfriend or wife when they are on their periods. 




I know it is hard for males but it is not impossible to understand or talk about it because having a period is as normal as breathing. So next time when you see a woman purchasing sanitary pad don't give them a shitty look because purchasing a pad is normal just like buying grocery or other things. Just give a healthy and comfortable atmosphere to women because they deserve it. So many young girls often grow up with limited knowledge so it's our duty to spread awareness. Well, all men are not same and Praveen Nikam is the best example of this. He is also known as Period man. He started an organization named Roshni in Pune and his work is to talk about periods every day. He creates awareness about periods and myth related to it. India needs a lot of man like him. 



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