World Menstrual Hygiene Day to change the social stigma associated with menstruation and make a call for improved
World Menstrual Hygiene Day to change the social stigma associated with menstruation and make a call for improved menstrual hygiene and sanitary resources for young women. May 28 was chosen to commemorate the day because the average menstrual cycle for women is 28 days and the menstruation duration for most women is 5 days.
This year’s theme: Periods in Pandemic highlights how the challenges faced by women during menstruation have aggravated. Stephanie Barnes of Huffpost Women shares interesting insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects your period and what to do about it.
Here are 6 INTERESTING facts about periods you should know.
– Many women and girls do not have access to materials to manage their menstruation, especially in times of emergency – natural disasters and conflicts. (Source: UNICEF)
– Nearly 1.25 billion women & girls don’t have access to a safe, private toilet, which affects how they’re able to manage their periods. (Source: UN Women)
– Managing periods at home is a major challenge for women and adolescent girls who lack basic sanitary facilities at home. (Source: UNICEF)
– Only 12% of menstruating women in India have access to and regularly use sanitary napkins. The majority of women are forced to use rags, pieces of cloth, dried leaves and even old newspapers as absorbents. (Source: Freepressjournal)
– Period pain is mostly caused by the womb contracting or ‘squeezing’. Because the womb is a hollow muscular organ – about the size of a clenched fist – it needs to do this to break down the inner lining called the endometrium so that it can be shed through the vagina. (Source: Freepressjournal)
– Arunachalam Muruganantham known as the ‘Menstrual Man’ invented the low-cost sanitary pad-making machine that has already been used in 1300 villages in India. He was named TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014. (Source: Freepressjournal)