Period : A Burden Experience 

heema mahar
Posted May 14, 2019 from Nepal

 

As i am from far western region of Nepal that has  already its own way of discrimination towards girl since her birth.When i had my first period i was around 12-13 years old had no idea what is happening ?

All of sudden i became more burden to our family and society. Now i have to take care during my periods not about my hygiene, health, diet etc besides these i have to be more careful not to touch anyone, stay on the floor of some corner, use old clothes, not to enter around of temples etc. These things really sucks inside me i am now 32 year old but i never forgot my experience of period.

Life is short but more of our life just revolving around this period culture.I think we have to re-think and changed our activities towards period practically as period is natural process not a burden.

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 14
May 14

Definitely, one can never forget such bad experiences. I kind of relate to your story. Its like seriously, when I find out I could cook when in my "period".
Its down there it flows not in my arms haha. Let's all speak out and maybe we might be heard.

Corine Milano
May 15
May 15

Heema, thank you for sharing your experiences. I have heard from a lot of women in Nepal about the cultural stigma and the practice of chaupadi. I am not sure if this is something you experienced, but either way, I am sorry to hear about the stigma you faced and continue deal with. I agree that it is a natural process that should not be seen as a burden, but instead as a blessing. Thank you for sharing!

maeann
May 15
May 15

Heema hi :) thanks for sharing your experience on period. I agree with you when you said that period is a natural process not a burden. Have a great day.

Jill Langhus
May 16
May 16

Hi Heema,

I hear you, and you're quite right. This does suck and it needs to change.

Beth Lacey
May 21
May 21

I am so sorry for your experience. I agree we need change on they topic

Hello, Heema,

We are one with you on your frustration on how Nepal discriminated women especially during when they have their periods. I’m sorry you have to go through this. It’s true life is short and every month of it you face misunderstanding and invalidation on a biological process.

Hugs to you, dear.

leila Kigha
Jul 11
Jul 11

such a trumatising experience!
We need to change our mind set about menstruation.