Changing Views on Menstruation

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( — July 4, 2018) Cheyenne, Wyoming — When a lady experiences her monthly period, it’s sometimes a stressful phase but it is natural and healthy part of womanhood yet some treat it as if it were disdainful. Given the hormone changes which take place roughly on a monthly basis is all part of facilitating the possibility of a fertilized egg embedding itself in the walls of the womb for nourishment. Menstruation is merely the expulsion of the wombs extra thick layer of life preserving blood whenever pregnancy doesn’t transpire. 

“The stigma associated with menstruation continues across the globe today, with many women finding it embarrassing or difficult to talk about periods even to their family members or friends,” reports No More Taboo: Breaking taboos around menstruation and sanitation, a British research paper (2016). “In some cultures, instances of ‘menstrual seclusion’ are common, where menstruating women are excluded from preparing food, using communal vessels and entering spaces of worship.” 

So on one hand periods are scorned while on the other hand the sanitary implements available are considered to be luxury items for many as it costs the average British woman well over £3,500 each year. Moreover, this topsy-turvy situation should not be allowed to persist because it undermines the dignity of women worldwide. 

“The main method by which women manage their period is through buying and using disposable sanitary products however, for the economically marginalized, affording sanitary products may be difficult or even impossible,” says Shailini Vora, Director and UK Programme co-ordinator of No More Taboo. “Having good menstrual hygiene is not only important to protect women against negative social reactions that follow overt leaking or staining, but also to avoid the possibility of damaging reproductive and gynaecological health.” 

While the cost and general discontent many associate with menstruation is rife, in the United States for the over 50,000 disadvantaged women living on the streets, it’s an even graver situation being faced as access to feminine hygiene products is a rarity not a norm for them. 

Women from all walks of life need to be supported as needs be throughout their period with care and respect. Feminine hygiene products really ought to be reclassified as basic necessity items since they only exist to address a natural reoccurring sanitary event.  

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