Myths About Menstruation
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Menstruation is a natural process of the reproductive system which is unique to girls. In this blood from the uterus exits through the vagina, it usually starts between the age of 11 and 14 years and is one of the indicators of the onset of puberty among them. Despite being a natural phenomenon it is always surrounded taboos and myths that exclude women from many aspects of socio-cultural life. It impacts girls and women's emotional state, mentality, lifestyle and most importantly, health.
Menstruation is still considered to be dirty and impure in many parts of India. They are forbidden from participating in normal life while menstruating. She must be purified before she is allowed to return to her family. Scientifically it is known that the actual cause of menstruation is ovulation followed by a missed chance of pregnancy which results in bleeding from the endometrial vessels and is followed by preparation of next cycle. Therefore, there seems no reason to believe this concept that menstruating women are impure.
It is believed that menstruating women are unhygienic and unclean and hence the food they prepare can get contaminated. However, in studies it is mentioned that during menstruation the body emits some specific smell or ray, which in turns preserved food bad and therefore, they are not allowed to touch sour food like pickles. But this doesn’t mean that they can spoil any food if they will make it.
Many girls believe that doing exercise during menses aggravate the dysmenorrhea while in real exercise can help relieve the menstruating women with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, bloating and dysmenorrhea. Exercises cause release of serotonin, making one feel much happier.
Women who are menstruating are not allowed to take bath as water is considered the most common medium of purification. For instance, avoiding bath during menses can lead to the reproductive tract infections.
“Menstruation is nothing but a very normal biological phenomenon, and adolescent girls and women should understand that they have the power of procreation only because of this virtue” (Garg & Anand.; 2015).