Menstruation is a natural process that is experienced by all females during their reproductive years. It is an essential part of a woman's life and requires proper care and attention. Unfortunately, in many societies, menstruation is still a taboo subject, and many girls and women are unaware of how to manage it hygienically. On International Women's Day, a menstrual health and hygiene session was conducted at Vikhroli Vidyalaya by Farida Dariwala from Team Padsquad to educate young girls about menstruation and how to take care of themselves during this time and to raise awareness and educate young girls about this crucial aspect of women's wellness. Menstruation is a natural process that occurs in every girl's life, and it is essential to maintain good menstrual hygiene to prevent infections and other health complications.
One of the most pressing issues affecting women in developing countries is menstrual hygiene. In many parts of the world, access to menstrual products is limited, and women often resort to using rags, leaves, or even ash during their periods. This not only puts their health at risk but also perpetuates the stigma surrounding menstruation. The session aimed to remove the stigma around menstruation and empower girls with knowledge and tools to manage their menstrual health and the physical and emotional changes that occur during this time. The session started with an introduction to the menstrual cycle and its stages. The girls were shown a diagram of the reproductive system and how it functions. Farida then explained the importance of hygiene during menstruation and how poor hygiene can lead to infections. Next, the teacher demonstrated how to use different menstrual products such as pads. The girls were encouraged to ask questions and clarify any doubts they had about using these products. She emphasized the importance of choosing the right product.
The session also addressed common myths and misconceptions surrounding menstruation. The girls were told that menstruation is a natural process and not a curse or a punishment. They were also assured that it is safe to participate in all activities during their periods, including sports and swimming. In addition to menstrual hygiene, the session also focused on the emotional and psychological aspects of menstruation. The girls were told that it is normal to experience mood swings, cramps, and other physical symptoms during their periods. They were encouraged to talk to their friends and family about their menstrual health and seek help if needed. The session ended with a Q&A session where the girls were encouraged to ask any questions they had about menstruation. We also distributed Sanitary pads to the girls to take home and share today’s experience.
In conclusion, the menstrual health and hygiene session conducted on International Women's Day in the school was an important step towards removing the stigma around menstruation and educating young girls about their menstrual health. By providing them with the knowledge and tools to manage their menstrual health, we can empower girls to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
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