Necessity Of Menstrual Health Awareness

Education News | Apr-13-2022

Necessity Of Menstrual Health Awareness

Menstruation has been considered taboo for ages, and even today, women in India and across the world face significant challenges to menstrual health and hygiene daily. Women's menstrual health not only contributes to a healthy lifestyle for themselves but also for their families and home. Women often face a wide range of health and hygiene problems but often ignore them due to various societal taboos. It is believed that menstruating women are impure, and due to such taboos, there is not much information and education on this topic. Due to this lack of education and inability to manage their mensurating hygiene, and the absence of appropriate facilities, young girls in school are often forced to stay at home, resulting in absenteeism, and a lot of girls drop out of school once they reach adolescence.

The WASH Poverty Diagnostics presented Menstrual Health Management issues in several countries and their impact on human development. The result showed that 25% of women lack adequate privacy for defecation or their menstrual health in Nigeria. Only 6% of schools provide education on menstruation and hygiene in Bangladesh, and more than one-third of the girls that were surveyed in Bangladesh stated that menstrual issues affect their school performance.

Menstrual hygiene is one of the most challenging issues in the developing world today. The social stigmas and restrictions associated with menstruation may hamper girls' schooling, mobility, and freedom. Thus, they need to be taught about menstrual health and hygiene from a young age so that they can continue to lead everyday and healthy daily lives.