The topic of Menstruation, flow and periods were the hush
hush topics till yesterday and it wasn’t discussed openly in families. Each n
every woman went through and it’s quite a normal thing, but it was the thing to
be ashamed of and there were many inhibitions and taboos associated with it.

I do remember, in my childhood days, I saw my Mom n Aunts to
stay away from kitchen for three-four days n they slept separately and when
anyone asked about them in their period of exile, they were told that they were
not well and now I think that the matured men understood the reason but it was
beyond my thought to understand the reason, so in simple words, I understood
that they were ill but a conflict arose in my mind that why they were not
allowed to take their food or give us food or snacks, they appeared more as
untouchables.

When I was in my 12 years, my mother & granny used to
ask me umpteen times in hushed tone about bleeding in panty and they were on
vigil. At that moment, I didn’t understand their concern but now I have
understood. My menstruation was late than normal girls, so they were more
concerned but they never explained me clearly.

Soon, my younger sister had her period on time and she was
exiled just like my Mom n Aunt, sleeping in another bed, not allowed in kitchen
blah…blah. I directly asked my sis, she told me that she was bleeding n Maa
had asked her to refrain from entering kitchen & puja room, washing hair
and touching pickle jars and be vigilant in changing sanitary napkins n
staining dresses and not to discuss with anyone…I understood the Mazraa behind
this hush hush and been rebellious since childhood, I told my Mom that if you
are continuing since nonsense practice of exiling people in periods then I
won’t ever disclose to you…I hate this practice.

“Thud” a hard slap hit my face…this was my Mother.

“How do you say nonsense? All members abide by n are you the
one exceptionally unique from others…you are bleeding and keeping it a secret.”
This was my Mom, fast n furious.

I told her that I wasn’t bleeding but I feel very bad
watching this practice and if I come of age n start my periods, I don’t want to
go through such practices.

I was in my 15th year and every now n then, the
hushed topic of the ladies of my house was that my periods were late in spite
of proper physical features n they persuaded me to see the doctor for the same.
By this time, I understood the pangs of period’s n was reluctant to visit
doctor for the same. Granny gave me one year’s time to wait for it else it was
compulsion to see the doctor. I was relieved for a year but my bickering
continued about the age old practice.

Before completing 16th birthday, stains of flow showed up
and the elder ladies were relieved that I had joined their group but a rebel
has its own way. I slept on the same bed, went into the kitchen and led normal
life and this way my younger aunt n sis too was relieved from their monthly
punishments.

I felt proud of myself that I helped in bringing a change and
I led a normal life, the flow did not disturb my daily routine, only I
refrained from God worship…maybe the fear of unseen power held me back.

When I was in Tenth, our biology teacher explained the
reason of ovulation and its importance in women’s life, I was amazed to know
about the production house that a woman carries and how ovulation helps to
manufacture eggs with the amalgamation of man’s sperm.

The child is regarded as a soul of God and so the woman who
carries the life in her womb for 9 months should be worshipped as goddess and
this Period should be regarded as a Pride of a Woman who makes her eligible for
motherhood.

The mothers should openly discuss and explain the ins &
outs of periods and educate every daughter how to manage herself in periods and
lot more associated with it….it is a thing of Pride that God has bestowed to
every female on earth.

How to take care of Periods Pride?

  • Maintain cleanliness n good hygiene.
  • Change
    sanitary napkins at proper intervals and in case of heavy flow, change whenever
    you feel uncomfortable with the flow.
  • Carry extra napkins while going at work or
    school.
  • Discomfort tit bits are normal in periods but if
    you experience excruciating pain n discomfort, immediately see the doctor.
  • Never neglect discomfort, pain n heavy flow,
    there can be medical emergency & follow Maya app, best friend of a complete Woman.

I feel proud to be a woman and I take special care of myself
during my sacred days.



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