Menstrual Hygiene is about using menstrual hygiene products to soak up menstrual blood, having free space to change the materials and proper disposable facilities of used menstrual materials. It is also about ensuring women and girls live in an environment that values and supports their ability to manage their menstruation with dignity.
Menstrual hygiene can be challenging for girls and women in developing countries where clean water and toilet facilities are often insufficient.
Did you know
1. On average a woman menstruates for about 7 years during their lifetime.
2. Poor menstrual hygiene can pose physical health risks and has been linked to reproductive and urinary tract infections.
3. Girls and women with disabilities and special needs face additional challenges with menstrual hygiene and are affected disproportionately with lack of access to toilets with water and materials to manage their period.
4. Only 36% Women Use Sanitary Pads In India
5. 70% of women in India say their family cannot afford to buy sanitary pads
6. Globally at least 500 million of girls and women lack proper access to menstrual hygiene
7. Roughly 120 million menstruating adolescents in India experience menstrual dysfunctions, affecting their normal daily chores.
8. Nearly 60,000 cases of cervical cancer deaths are reported every year from India, two-third of which are due to poor menstrual hygiene
Measures that can help
● Whichever method of sanitation you use, ensure to change it every few hours.
● Menstrual hygiene management should be an essential part of academic curriculum
● All educational institutions should install sanitary napkin Vending machine
● Easy access to hygienic affordable menstrual absorbents as well as toilet facilities and water supply.
● Boys need to be made aware about menstruation and their role in supporting the girls and women around them.
● Girls should ensure proper hygiene and keep themselves clean especially when they are menstruating.
● Menstruation should not be treated as a taboo and should be discussed openly without any shame.