Menstruation : Why can't we talk about it?

Anisha Mohanta
Posted August 6, 2019 from India

We live in 21st century where menstruation is still a taboo in many parts of the world. In my state, families celebrate when their daughters menstruate for the first time. But with menstruation comes many traditional beliefs, restrictions and misconceptions.

In some community, menstruating girls are considered as impure. They are not allowed to touch males, participate in rituals, touch holy books, enter the kitchen,etc. Myths about menstruation often rise from shame and embarrassment.

Due to lack of sex education, people are ignorant and consider it as some kind of disease. Young girls are told not to talk about it, especially to males. According to a study conducted in West Bengal among 541 schools, only 37.52% girls were aware of menstruation prior to attainment of menarche. Insufficient, incorrect information and lack of knowledge about menstrual hygiene causes health problems in women.

Some women are so embarrassed, they can't even talk properly about it. Society treats menstruating women as impure but at the same time, bless them when they give birth to a child. Irony isn't it.

Nature has bestowed us with a gift and we should embrace it.

Have you ever faced restrictions ? If yes, please share your stories.

image source: https://www.google.com/search?  q=menstruation+posters&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjkucbx1O3jAhVQmI8KHbJ8ACgQ_AUIESgB&biw=1350&bih=636#imgrc=F9WfLJWo9yjreM:

 

Ps-This is my first ever blog. If I have made any mistakes ,please kindly correct it.

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Hello, Anisha,

I agree that as women we need to talk more about menstruation because it is part of us. It is a celebration of our identity. There’s nothing impure about it.

Welcome to World Pulse! There are hundreds of stories about menstruation here. Our sisters shared how their menstrual experiences. It would be great to check their stories if this is something you are passionate about. You could also connect with those sisters who mobiliza campaigns to raise awareness in their communities.

This is a safe space. Commiting mistakes are understandable. The important thing is you shared your story. I do make a lot of typo or grammatical errors when writing mine, but it’s not a big deal here on World Pulse. Please keep those stories coming! We’re excited to read more from you!

Anisha Mohanta
Aug 06
Aug 06

Thank you so much!!

You're welcome, dear!

Jill Langhus
Aug 06
Aug 06

Hello Dear Anisha,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your important first story. I'm glad you came from a state where menstruation is celebrated, but I agree that a lot needs to be down to debunk all the myths and harmful beliefs around it. You may want to consider submitting your story under this topic to spread even more awareness on this topic: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/menstruation-matters.

I'm looking forward to seeing more stories from you, dear.

Hope you have a great week!

Anisha Mohanta
Aug 06
Aug 06

I will share more stories. Thanks for your comment

Jill Langhus
Aug 06
Aug 06

Great to hear, dear! You're very welcome:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 06
Aug 06

Hi Anisha,
This is such an important topic and you have written so beautifully on it. I loved seeing what was behind your links, too. More important info, and that great video of 4 women speaking out about their experiences. Speaking out about this natural and important part of our lives as women is empowering for writer and reader. Welcome to World Pulse! I look forward to more of your writing here.

Anisha Mohanta
Aug 06
Aug 06

Thank you so much:-)

Beth Lacey
Aug 07
Aug 07

We should be able to speak freely about this

Anisha Mohanta
Aug 07
Aug 07

yes,I agree.