What Are The Myths About Menstruation In India.

Updated: Apr 13

What is Menstruation?

Menstruation is a natural aspect of the reproductive cycle during which blood from the uterus exits the vaginal canal. It's a natural process that begins in girls between the ages of 11 and 14, and it's one of the first signs of puberty. Although it is a phenomenon that only affects girls, it has long been shrouded in secrecy and myth in many cultures. Many parts of social and cultural life are barred from women and girls due to taboos around menstruation. Some are beneficial, while others could be hazardous.

What are the myths about menstruation in India?

India has always been a country dominated by traditionalists and conservatives.

Even though India has progressed significantly in recent years, millions of people still hold restricted views, which have a significant impact on people's lives.

There are a lot of myths related to menstruation;

1. A girl or a woman, on her periods, can not enter the kitchen or temple.

This is one of the most common myths related to menstruation, you have heard.

The reason behind this was menstrual women are so pure that they are 'worshipped' as a 'living goddess' during that time of the month and, that a menstruating woman cannot enter a temple because her energy will attract that of the murti, rendering the murti lifeless.

2. Girls during their period, are considered impure.

Well, it's human nature. Society is habitual in criticizing others. There is nothing like being impure during menstruation.

3. Products like sanitary pads, menstrual cups, or tampons should be wrapped with a newspaper or a black polybag.

These products are as normal as buying grocery items. There is no need of covering them or hiding them. Covering these things also generates an absurd myth among the public. We should rather teach people about this and spread awareness.

4. Talking about menstruation in public is a shameful thing.

Menstruation is just a normal thing just like any other topic. There is nothing to hide about it. It is necessary to talk about menstruation.

5. You should not eat foods like tamarind, pickle, or those that are sour.

Most Indian women believe that eating sour foods will interfere with their menstrual flow.

No, you can eat these things even on periods, there is nothing to do with menstrual flow.

6. During the menstrual cycle, a girl or a woman should sleep in a separate room.

Menstruation is normal. It is not contagious that can affect others. These things affect the mental health of a woman or girl.

7. A girl's growth stops after her menstruation starts.

This is neither a myth nor a fact. A girl's growth stops around two years after her first menstruation started.

In India, menstruation has long been frowned upon. No matter how many public awareness campaigns are held to promote accurate information about menstruation, there are still those conservatives in society who refuse to modify their opinions.

All that is required is for society to change and for improved social programs to raise awareness about menstruation.

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