What is period?
A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when release blood from girl’s uterus, out through her vagina. It is a sign that she is getting close to the end of puberty.Women spend approximately one week per month dealing with our periods.
Period in india.
Discrimination against menstruating women is widespread in India, where periods have long been a taboo and considered impure.
Girls start menstruating at the average age of 12. However, girls can begin menstruating as early as 8 years of age or as late as 16 years of age. Women stop menstruating at menopause, which occurs at about the age of 51. At menopause, a woman stops producing eggs.
They are often excluded from social and religious events, denied entry into temples and shrines and even kept out of kitchens.
In most Hindu communities in India, the relationship between food and the period is paradoxical. A fertile woman is considered an object that will further a family lineage, but at the same time, she is taboo for her fertility.
From an early age, girls learn to live with the pain and fear and seldom do we see a girl seek help when in physical or mental discomfort due to periods.
Menstruation is normal and a healthy part of life and yet girls and women in India go through extreme struggles to manage their period every month.When a girl faces challenges in managing her period in a healthy manner, it can cause a number of problems to her physical as well as mental health.
It is time we realise that menstruation is just a biological process and the secrecy surrounding it must go. It is important to normalise menstruation and destroy taboos around this natural process.