What do we talk about when we talk about periods ? There has always been a stigma associated with it in society. In India where a normal biological cycle of menstruation is surrounded by taboos but adult content is freely available just a few web searches and clicks away, the importance of normalizing period talk has never been greater. We think we are all evolved when it comes to periods and menstruation because we can buy tampons, or sanitary pads but that is not necessarily the scenario.
Many girls and women are subject to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. From not being allowed to enter the temple, sharing the common living space to strict dietary restrictions are just a few. Culturally periods are still considered impure and embarrassing. The idea or usage of sanitary napkins are still unknown to people in remote locations and are considered a dull affair. So what happens when girls so young do not have a way to deal with periods. The reality is that they miss schools, jobs, daily chores and lock themselves in a closet with matters being worse for women living in poor communities. They miss out on life and opportunities simply because they lack proper accessories.
We are still not taught that periods are a vital sign, an indication of good health and that we need our periods. That’s a sick-lick cycle that happens every month that tells the part of our brain to grow ovaries, follicles and ovulate.
Talking about what you can do or apply in yourselves can help you through it so that you can be in charge of your period and empower yourself through that experience and not be at the mercy of your biology. There has been an environment for political movement in recent times for period talk after the movie ”Period. End of sentence” won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2018 but any real change will begin only at home and when people start talking about it. Starting a dialogue between two family members can make young girls consider all their options to live through those days naturally and periods will not have an impact on their lives.