menstrual hygieneAlmost every woman experiences menstruation. It is a natural process in women’s lives and there is just a lot to talk about it. Even though menstruation is natural, the society stigmatizes this issue with lots of taboos around it. To have a better living and improved lifestyles for women, we must talk about menstrual hygiene, the sanitary napkins and what to eat and not to eat during and after PMSi.

A working menstrual hygiene is critical for the well-being, health, empowerment, dignity, productivity and mobility of girls and women. Poor menstrual hygiene may lead to stigmatization and ill health and over the long-term may lead to school absenteeism and eventually dropouts. Given that the society is not ready to openly speak about menstruation issues, there are high chances of misinformation due to the societal taboos, promoting dangerous practices in regards to menstrual hygiene.

The menstruation hygiene subject is very important yet it has been largely ignored with reluctance by the bodies that should be taking on the subject like WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). However, it is good news that menstrual hygiene debate is being warmly welcomed across different platforms as an important way of attaining enhanced child health, gender equality and education attendance.

It is very important for women to have access to sufficient water and sanitation to effectively and hygienically manage menstrual hygiene with dignity. Women also need a private place to change their pads or cloths. Besides water, women also need reusable cloths and soap to wash their bodies and hands. Most importantly, women also need a facility to safely deposit the used materials or a place to wash and dry the reusable ones. It is of great importance that besides women awareness, also men need to be aware of good menstrual hygiene practices.

The WASH sector and other programs dealing with reproductive health have clearly ignored menstrual hygiene in their programs. As a result, the menstrual hygiene practical challenges have even been made more complex by the social-cultural factors. This means that millions of girls and women continue to be denied their right to gender equity, dignity, health and the rights to WASH. Even though menstruation is a natural process, when not managed effectively it can lead to health problems. the effects of poor menstrual hygiene on the mental well-being of girls and women also need to be considered. For example, fear, embarrassment, stress levels and social exclusion when they are in the process of menstruation.

Every woman needs to observe Menstrual hygiene. The government, on the other hand, needs to play its role in helping women obtain the infrastructure they need at schools and in the public places. Menstrual hygiene is a culture that every woman needs to adopt, from the food you eat, the soap you use, the clothes you use, the water and the food we eat.