Have you ever while talking about your periods, whispered the word “pad” or “period”? Have you felt embarrassed while purchasing a pad? Have you ever lied about not observing a fast because of periods? Newsflash people: Its 2018! There is nothing to feel ashamed of!
Periods are very natural and a sign that your body is healthy and working perfectly. Then why do we shy away from talking about it? The other day I was telling my friend that I will write a blog on this subject and the minute the word “periods” came out of my mouth I started whispering. I consider myself a very liberal person, but even people like us our taught from day one that talking about periods is a hush hush topic. But why!?
Many girls get severe stomach ache during periods, but the male figures at home are told that the girl is having headache. Why can’t a father know that his daughter is on her periods. I don’t even understand that when we buy pads from a shop, they are given to us in a covered shopping bag just like they do with condoms. Doesn’t the shopkeeper’s wife, mother or daughter gets periods?
I think a lot of the embarrassment or discomfort women feel surrounding their period is that society deems it socially unacceptable to talk about it out loud. I understand words like “vagina” or “sex” may sound inappropriate, especially in front of male members of the family but a girl having regular menstrual cycle is a celebration of her womanhood and should not be avoided to be spoken about.
In our religion, a woman’s sharam is given a lot of importance. And maybe that’s the reason people don’t talk about it openly. But what part of bleeding 7 days a month labbeled as being beysharam?
We are told in our young age not to talk about periods in front of any male figure. This should change. In fact, periods and sex education should be made part of our curriculum. The young teenagers who get periods, get intimidated and scared because they are not educated about their importance. Once they will know about it, they will not go through embarrassment.
I am not saying that you consciously tell people around you that you are on your periods; my debate is only this that don’t feel ashamed during those seven days. Do you know girls who don’t get periods, go through so many invasive treatments to get their cycle running? Feel lucky and blessed!