Facts about Menstruation
The menstrual cycle is “the cycle of physiological changes from the beginning of one menstrual period to the beginning of the next” (Merriam-Webster). The cycle is initiated by the ovulation (the ovaries release an egg) an ends by menstruation (in case of non pregnancy). The word “menstruation” corresponds to the monthly shedding of the lining of the uterus (Women’s Health, 2014). The menstrual cycle is an as natural part of a woman’s life as eating and sleeping, but represents a perpetual struggle for most women.
During her period, a woman’s hygiene is especially important. However it is estimated that as many as 1.25 billion women do not have access to a toilet during their period, creating major sanitation related issues. Another crucial problem for millions of women is the lack of access to feminine hygiene products. These products can in many places not be found, or are simply too expensive to buy. This drives women to fabricate their own menstrual protection with what they can find around the house, thus generating a major threat to women’s health since it increases the risk of infections. (WaterAid). In this article we bust the myths about periods, and address the very real issues faced by millions of women around the world every month. Read More… Reusable vs Disposable Pads Draft 1