MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IN INDIA
One of the hush hush topic which is still prevalent in our society is menstruation.
It is pertinent, that this topic is understood by both the genders of our society, so that the outcome is healthy not just for human body but for our society in general. According to statistical data – Only 21% of Indian women ( 355 million) use sanitary napkins, 88% resort to other alternatives like cloth, ashes, sand etc.
Not just this, 87% girls unaware of mensuration during teens. This situation is not just limited to villages but is prevalent in cities too. The ideas which were evolved during vedic tradition were, the blood was seen as contaminated which reflects “the idea which was understood in pre-scientific society “.
On the other hand, in tantric tradition, it was celebrated and symbolized bringing new life. Sadly in 4th industrial era we fail to understand and call ourselves modern. Which is indeed an act of laughter .
But the challenge is not just limited to ideas,what is pertinent to understand is cultural, social and religious barriers, which are still continuing somehow in two ways (direct and indirect).
We fail to understand that – “IT IS NOT A WOMEN’S ISSUE, BUT A HEALTH MANAGEMENT ISSUE ”
For the ones who have accessibility to sanitary napkins, take a pause and introspect about proper disposable of sanitary napkins, within the purview of environment friendliness.
Here is one product : Menstrual cups- Eco friendly, can be reused for years and can go up to 8 hours at a stretch.
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