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