The Taboo of Menstruation

“Menstruation, also known as a period or monthly, is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina”. That is all it is. No less, no more!

Menstruation is a natural fact of life and a monthly occurrence for the 1.8 billion girls, women, transgender men and non-binary persons of reproductive age. Then why it is that such a common biological process is considered a taboo not only in India but also in so many other parts of the world to such an extent that in causes severe health issues.

Menstruating women face social exclusion as well, for example in India a woman on her periods isn’t allowed in the kitchen or inside temples. Many girls miss many weeks of school or drop out once they start menstruating either because they do not have the resources necessary such as pads, tampons,etc. or because of the taboos associated with it. Many people can’t even afford to buy sanitary products, they are considered “luxury products” and are taxed very highly which results in them using clothes or rags which might lead to infections.

Earlier people considered period blood toxic and impure but we all know it isn’t true. Then why still uphold these taboos and beliefs which are causing nothing but pain to people?

Isn’t it time we moved on?