Menstruation is also called “Periods” and is a common phenomenon. Every girl, during her adolescence, goes through periods. Having said that, periods are not just bleeding for 5 days. Our society as a whole, especially, the great Indian society has turned periods into a big taboo.
Periods are nothing but a biological process. It occurs when you attain maturity, usually, around the age of 11 to 13 years, due to hormonal change that a woman’s body faces. It’s quite normal that when you grow, your body grows as well! So, if growing hair, chest and height are normal then why is having periods or ” talking about periods” such a big issue?
Aren’t we all aware of the fact that periods are also one of the processes involved in having a child and becoming a mother? If being pregnant is normal then why are periods still a taboo?
Periods are completely normal and natural in a woman’s body. Having periods is not something that women asked for, then why is talking about the process considered to be a shame?
Every girl and woman would relate that those five days of the month are not just about bleeding but also having unbearable cramps, mood swings, cravings and we have to face it, no matter what!
We have to face it because we don’t have a choice. Even after facing all of this, the term “period ” is always considered to be a private topic and something that should not be talked about in public openly. I always wonder about why can’t we just normalize menstruation? Just like we have normalized every other hormonal change in our body, why can’t we normalize menstruation?
Childhood and periods
Girls are taught about periods during her childhood by their mother/sister or even teachers, but we don’t educate our boys about the same. Although our education has included this as a topic to study in schools, periods are still not discussed in many homes and schools. We, girls, are always instructed to not talk about periods openly, especially in front of our fathers, brothers and male friends.
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Even after a lot of modernization in the 21st century, many girls are said to be isolated in their rooms during those five days of menstruation. They are told to stay away from the male members of the family. Ever wondered what impact does it have on a young girl of 11 or 12 years of age?
Let’s talk about pads
Although, we all know how important it is to maintain proper hygiene during menstruation, it was found that most of the women never really used sanitary because periods were never a concern.
Our entertainment industry felt the need to make a script regarding periods. The movie was a story based on real events. “PADMAN” was released starring Akshay Kumar as the lead actor and through the movie, the importance of using sanitary napkins reached many people, including many orthodox families.
Again, I am sure that every girl must have faced this weird criminal-like treatment while buying a sanitary pad from a local shop. The shopkeeper always gives you the pad in black polythene or wrapped in a newspaper when every male customer from the shop has left.
“No, pads are not something that should be shown, it should be hidden!” That’s what we’re told, that is what men think. Not just men, but everyone thinks the same.
Isn’t it common sense that if a girl is menstruating, using a pad is also a basic necessity for her? Then why is buying a pad not normalized yet?
A girl is having her period, it’s as simple as that! But no, it’s not as simple as it sounds. It comes along with a lot of baseless myths that we are told from childhood, and we are forced to follow them, without arguments.
The most famous myths are:
- You are not allowed to enter the temple while you’re menstruating or you’re not allowed to attend any pooja or religious ceremony because periods are unholy.
- You have to wash your hair after menstruation because that is when you are completely pure or “SHUDDH”.
- Women were not allowed in the kitchen as “their impurities will contaminate the others in the household” and I wonder if this makes any sense.
- You should not water your plants because the plants would wither and die.
- Girls should not touch the pickles as they would rot.
- You should be in a corner of a room because everything that you touch needs to be cleaned.
We follow myths and superstitions that have absolutely no logic in them. The sad part is that most of such superstitions are, generally, related to women.
Not just a RED STAIN
Having a period stain is very common during menstruation. If by any chance, you get a stain while attending your school /college or be it any other public appearance. It becomes a huge embarrassment. Everyone suddenly starts treating you like an alien. You are expected to be ashamed of something that you are not even responsible for.
It’s high time for everyone to realize that menstruation is a biological phenomenon. Women who have irregular periods are physically sick! There are high chances that such women are suffering through PCOS – A Common Problem Amongst Women. Instead of treating women differently, we must take care of them and pamper them. Every period is different and every woman has different bodily reactions. We don’t know what a girl goes through during those five days. Survival becomes even more difficult when we are being treated this way.
We exist because our mothers bleed every month. Menstruation is the basic phenomenon behind pregnancy and giving birth. If pregnant women are considered auspicious then why not periods?
PERIODS ARE NATURAL, LET’S JUST NORMALIZE IT.
Instead of making periods a taboo, let’s accept it as a gift from life.