MENSTRUAL HYGIENE- A BETTER WAY FOR A GOOD LIVING


MENSTRUAL-HYGIENE--A-BETTER-WAY-FOR-A-GOOD-LIVING

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE- A BETTER WAY FOR A GOOD LIVING

Menstrual health and hygiene is about access to menstrual hygiene products to
absorb or collect menstrual blood, privacy to change the materials, and access to
facilities to dispose of used menstrual management materials. 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. A large chunk of the
Indian population believes this natural cycle to be a ‘curse’, ‘impure’ and ‘dirty’
among other things, courtesy of the ancient myths surrounding menstruation in
our country.

Taking care of yourself during menstruation is as important as taking care of your
day to day activities. A little negligence in menstrual hygiene management can
cause your body grievous harm, and you may also act as an instrument for the
spread of infection to others.
Here are some important reasons why it is important to maintain good hygiene
during periods:

REDUCED RISK OF URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Using damp and dirty menstrual clothes or using a sanitary napkin for longer than
4 hours can act as a perfect environment for growth and multiplication of harmful
bacteria and yeasts. Microbes like Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli,
and Pseudomonas aeruginosa grows easily in the humid environment provided by
prolonged use of unhygienic absorbents or sanitary napkins.

IT HELPS WOMEN REALIZE THAT THEY ARE NOT IMPURE.

In many traditional Hindu homes, menstruating women can’t perform religious
rituals, touch idols, pray, visit temples, cook, serve food or touch drinking water
because they are considered impure.

MINIMIZING RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the opening of the uterus which is caused by Human
Papilloma Virus. This virus is transmitted sexually, and unhygienic handling of
menstrual waste can spread the infection easily.
Sharing of reusable absorbent pads, not washing of hands after changing
sanitary napkins and lack of hygienic sanitation are some causes that can
increase the risk of developing cervical cancer; although several other reasons are
also responsible.

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