28 May is known as Menstrual Hygiene Day and was initiated by German-based NGO WASH United in the year 2014. Menstrual Hygiene Day is also known as MHD is an annual awareness day in order to highlight the importance of menstrual hygiene management on a global level.
There is a very logical explanation as to why this day is celebrated today out of all days.
The average interval of a menstrual cycle is of 28 days and most women and girls menstruate for 5 days on an average, which is why this is celebrated today. Interesting, isn’t it?
Additionally, every year they also have a theme, the theme for this year is “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.”
We need to understand that menstruation is a very important process that takes place in a woman’s body each month. In a country like India menstruation is celebrated, however there is a long list of taboos and stigma attached to the topic. The question we need to ask ourselves is, does it really need to be stigmatised? Is it really a taboo? Well, the answer is a big NO! It is completely natural and probably one of the best things engineered by God. But, does that mean that the most beautiful things cannot have problems? The answer is again, a big NO.
In a country like India sanitization can be a luxury for a lot of women. Lack of sanitization during those days causes a lot of problems such as development of harmful bacterias, UTI’s, rashes, fungal infections, skin problems and so many more issues. However, does it really have to be like that? Hell No!
Menstrual Hygiene can be monitored, managed and the problems can be avoided too. Here’s how
1) Wash yourself regularly
You don’t need to use fancy products such as vagina cleansers. Dermatologists say that Vagina is a self-cleaning organ and it only requires water and some mild soap to be cleaned. So feel free to ditch those vaginal washes ladies!
2) Choose the product wisely
Today, we have an array of options such as pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. Choose the product that is best suited for your need and requirements. Do not succumb to societal pressure and end up using something that is not comfortable for you.
3) Change often
Women often forget to change their pads or tampons which can be harmful in the long run. Make sure to remember and change the product as often as you need.
These were some tips as to how you can manage your periods efficiently. Sounds easy? It definitely is easy for a lot of women but the reality is that for a lot of women it is very difficult. If you are a woman/girl who has the privilege to afford sanitization products then I sincerely urge you to donate period products to the underprivileged, as we all know that these products are expensive. Additionally, also educate them about these matters, only then can we fight this together!
We can manage menstrual hygiene one period at a time! So what are you waiting for? Let us get going!