Menstruation is a natural process that takes place in the bodies of many women, but unfortunately it is still a taboo subject in many parts of the world (including the Netherlands). This taboo on menstruation has far-reaching consequences for women and girls, and it is time that we simply discuss this!
Lack of knowledge and information
One of the biggest problems with the taboo on menstruation is that it leads to a lack of knowledge and education about menstruation. Many women and girls don't know what exactly happens in their bodies during menstruation, and often have questions about what is normal and what is not. The lack of knowledge can lead to feelings of shame and fear, and can also lead to health problems if women and girls do not know how to properly care for themselves during menstruation. By making menstruation a topic of discussion, we can share knowledge and information with each other. After all, 50% of the population menstruates.
Exclusion of people who menstruate
Another problem with the taboo on menstruation is that it leads to discrimination and exclusion of people who menstruate. In some cultures, people are considered unclean during their menstruation and are not allowed to participate in certain activities or rituals. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and limit these people in their daily lives.
In addition, the taboo on menstruation can also have financial consequences. Menstrual products are often expensive, and in some parts of the world they are not easily available. People who cannot afford menstrual products often miss days of school or work, which can limit their chances of success in the long run.
How can we break the taboo?
Breaking the taboo on menstruation requires a change in mentality and culture. It starts with openness and honesty about menstruation, and recognizing the problems it causes people who menstruate. There needs to be more information and education about menstruation, so that people know what is happening in their bodies and how to take care of themselves during menstruation.
In addition, there should be more access to menstrual products, especially in areas where this is still a problem. This can be achieved through collaboration between governments, companies and non-profit organizations, and by making menstrual products available in your organization. With products from monthly.care you will never be without menstrual products again.
Breaking the taboo on menstruation will lead to better health and well-being for menstruating people worldwide. It will enable them to fully participate in society and reach their full potential. Menstruation = (still) uneven. Let's change this!