Poor menstrual hygiene- the biggest menace to women

India is a country of traditional and cultural values. We follow the rules that we have made for ourselves. No doubt it’s a matter to be proud on. But some of the ancient systems is proving fatal for women in India. There are myths about maintaining menstrual hygiene and menstruation itself.

It’s a natural process, not untouchability

It’s a saying that the heart of India lives in its 60% villages. And these villages are subjecting great threats to the women in the society. When a girl gets her first gets her chums, she is considered untouchable. She is not allowed to enter the kitchen or temple, touch anyone and even show her face to anyone! We need to change this perception about menstruation and educate people that it is just a natural phenomenon.

Myths about the menstrual cycle

  • Use a cloth on the place of pads as they are cheap and reusable.
  • Don’t dispose of your sanitary pads in open areas. Anyone can hypnotize you using this!
  • Don’t touch any pickle or vegetable, they will get rotten.
  • Sanitary pad causes cancer!!

These were only some of the myths about periods that are seriously followed by many women in India. Proper education and menstrual awareness can only break them.

Importance of maintaining menstrual hygiene

It’s really important that we as women take care of our vaginal hygiene. We should not blindly follow our granny’s instructions. Using sanitary napkins and sanitary pads can protect us from various fatal diseases. Menstruation is a painful process and it can become even more painful if we are not careful about our menstrual hygiene. So, for living a healthy life we must start talking about this issue openly and frequently.

Dangers of not maintaining menstrual hygiene-

  • Using cloth for periods can lead to fungal infections, reproductory tract infections, and urinary infections.
  • These infections can increase further and can also lead to infertility in women.
  • Using the same pad for a long time may also lead to rashes and vaginal yeast infection along with producing bad and unhealthy odor.
  • Having unprotected sex during periods can not only lead to various infections but also increase the chances of spreading sexually transmitted disease (STD).

How to maintain menstrual hygiene-

  1. Firstly, we must abolish the use of cloth while periods.
  2. While using pads, we must change it every 4-6 hours.
  3. Proper disposal of the used pad is also a must.
  4. We must wash our hands properly after cleaning ourselves.

Never use 2 different types of sanitary options together, like using tampon and sanitary napkin together. As it may lead to various fungal infections in your vaginal area.

Menstrual cups are also more efficient and economic sanitary tool as compared to other obsolete methods.

Let’s make this women’s day more special

This women’s day can be celebrated in a better and hygienic way if we decide. Why not we, the educated women of India, take the rein in our hand? We should reach those women who are unaware of the dangers of not maintaining menstrual hygiene. We should tell them the scientific reason behind mensuration so that they can protect their daughters from receiving the same humiliation that they had gone through.

If possible, we should distribute sanitary pads and sanitary napkins to women in rural areas. The government is already taking a step ahead by lowering the sanitary pad price or by launching a government endorsed pad which can be affordable for all women in India.


The menstrual cycle is a boon for women as they can experience the most beautiful feeling i.e. motherhood due to it. Then why do we not take care of our bodies? After all, we are going to give birth to the future generation! So let’s start loving and caring for our bodies and maintain menstrual hygiene so that we enjoy the anomaly feeling of giving life!

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