You might be wondering what exactly is Menstrual Hygiene Day? Well, it's a day where it's a day and organization that plans to raise awareness of good menstruation hygiene as well as to reduce the stigma of menstruation for girls around the world. You've probably seen the #MenstrualHygieneDay or #MenstruationMatters on Twitter, these tags are meant to empower girls, educate others, as well as, tell personal stories. Which is great because I feel like we don't talk menstruation or understand what it is.
For example, did you know the average age of menstruation is 12,between the ages of 9-16 most girls get their first period and that that they are advised to wear pads instead of tampons and how Toxic Shock Syndrome is REAL! I used to think this was a myth, something adults would say to scare us. Nope, TSS is a rare bacteria caused illness occurring mostly in menstruating women who use high absorbency tampons. That also goes with hygiene, taking better care of yourself, depending on your flow, some places say, change pad or tampon every four hours. Periods and Birth Control, some of us that or took birth control i.e Dipo (shot), IUD, or pill because we have irregular periods. Or that random myth about not playing sports when you're on your period, which is a lie, physical activities and menstruation go hand in hand even though, I hate being active when I'm on my period, it actually helps with the pain. CRAMPS! I love hearing about new remedies (there's more to life than Midol) and personal stories, we need a "How To," course on menstrual pains, do not be afraid to speak up if you are hurt and don't let anyone tell you differently. Or how some girls around the world can't attend school while they're on their period because of the lack access to sanitary napkins. I could talk about the need for courses and curriculum focused on menstruation but I'll end with this:
I started my period at the age of 11, three days before six grade officially started. I hated it, why must I bleed I thought. After the initial shock of having my period and being afraid that I might get pregnant (with or without intercourse). I went about my days like any other girl, hiding my pad and tampon in my bra, hair, glasses container and all, until one day a lovely guy asked me, Why do girls like to hide their feminine products? Great question, I think it's probably shame, some weird thing that's been ingrained in us all of our lives? But why? Menstruation is a natural thing, why should we hide it. Why should it stop us from playing sports or going to school? Or even being free to be who want to be? Why does#MenstruationMatters? To put it plain and simple, it empowers us!
1. Note: When donating to shelters or anywhere else, please remember to donate feminine products.
2. Note: Here is an interesting article about the History of Tampons
Menstrual Hygiene Day: http://menstrualhygieneday.org/
UBKotex Stories and Advice: https://www.ubykotex.com/en-us/periods
Period Inc: http://www.periodicinc.org/