The understanding of PMS and PMDD has only been limited to as being an inevitable and ever so common phenomenon amongst women, where they become “overtly emotional and unreasonable” and are considered ‘nothing’ more than a hormonal change before her menstruation. Well, that’s how we have limited any discussions over it altogether.
Menstruation is an important biological change which makes the existence of life possible, yet the culture of silence around menstruation is so complete that most of the girls have no knowledge on menstruation before their first period. The social stigma and societal silence has a negative impact on the health, reinforces gender inequality and makes it difficult to address menstrual health issues. Through the Maasika Mahotsov, 21 to 28 May 2019 we aim to break the silence around periods and get conversing at various platforms.
Why do girls get periods every month? What are the sanitary products available and how does one use them? Does it make the girl unclean or impure? What are the hygiene measures one should follow? This guide is an attempt to answer many such questions surrounding periods that not only girls/women get but boys/men too may get.