Globally, it has been estimated that approximately 52% of the female population is capable of reproduction. This means that most of these girls or women would have their menstruation every month until they hit menopause. Menstruation lasts between two to seven days. Biologically, menstruation is an important and virtually normal part of the female human life, and humanity exists because of this. Our very existence is banked on the hope that a girl hits puberty and finally menstruates.
In this regard, menstrual hygiene is essential to the poise and health of women and girls and an integral part of hygiene, cleanliness and reproductive health to which every woman and girl has a right.
However, menstruation is too often regarded as a taboo, and has developed a wide range of negative cultural attitudes. For instance menstruating girls are often seen as ‘contaminated’, ‘dirty’ and ‘impure’.
Similarly, menstruating girls are pushed into isolation, and therefore suffer reduced freedom of movement, and culturally prohibited from participating in daily activities. Consequently, menstrual hygiene has been somewhat ignored by many.
For many girls around the world, it’s a barrier to going to school. So, we at Child Online Africa are working to provide easy access to sanitary products and education to help girls manage their periods better.
Most girls go through their periods very secretively and don’t really bother to figure out if their practices are hygienic or not. Sometimes girls use unhygienic means of maintaining their menstruation or even wear the same napkin for a whole day. Girls in less privileged places like villages and small towns still use unhygienic reusable cloth during their periods. Isn’t this sad?
Here are some tips to maintain hygiene during your periods, some of which you may not know about: