and Why talk about it?
Menstruation - Normal and Natural Part of Life
1.8 billion girls of reproductive age around the world experience menstruation.
Around 800 million women and girls menstruate at this very moment.
During entire lifetime on average women menstruate for 3,000 days = 8.2 years!
It is a normal and natural reality of life. But still we face a stigma attached to words “period”, “menstruation” or “cycle”.
I remember I also was super ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it.
Then I lost my period for almost two years and I realised how important menstrual awareness really is.
Talking about periods in public is something strange for many of us, but talking about periods openly is one of the most effective ways to learn about women’s health. To learn about your own health.
Menstrual Health is related to menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, menstrual disorders, but also includes social aspects like overall well-being, education and gender equality.
You see it is a broad topic and it has to be addressed, because there is a very little awareness of common menstrual disorders like PMS, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, hypomenorrhea, leave alone PMDD, PCOS, fibroids or endometriosis.
*If you look up the words in google you understand how little is known about periods…
So why Talk About It?
We need to talk about periods to eliminate myths and stigma associated with menstruation.
We need to talk about periods freely in our social circles in everyday life and stop the attitude of embarrassment.
We need to talk about mensturation to prevent and resolve mental and physical troubles that women and girls face.
So acknowledge and prioritise your own menstrual health, talk openly about menstrual problems you may be facing and remember about regular medical check-ups.