Having regular menstrual cycles is a sign that important parts of your body are working normally. The menstrual cycle provides important body chemicals, called hormones, to keep you healthy. It also prepares your body for pregnancy each month. So, when you are so very much proud for motherhood, is it logical to feel shy for having menstruation?
Demystifying menstrual taboos is, undoubtedly, a great challenge for us. The negativity and anxiety towards menstruation is sealed for girl’s life facing adolescence. In families, most often, any talk of menstruation is avoided for as long as possible. Often mothers at an appropriate age ‘warn’ their daughters that ‘they are growing up’ and that ‘they have to be careful,’ whatever that may mean. The seriousness and the secrecy surrounding this conversation sets alarm bells ringing and the girl child is left feeling vulnerable at the same time.
And when periods (menstruations) come regularly, this is called the menstrual cycle.
How the menstrual cycle is related to motherhood?
- In the first half of the cycle, levels of estrogen (the “female hormone”) start to rise.
- Estrogen plays an important role in keeping you healthy, especially by helping you to build strong bones and to help keep them strong as you get older.
- Estrogen also makes the lining of the uterus (womb) grow and thicken. This lining of the womb is a place that will nourish the embryo if a pregnancy occurs.
- At the same time, the lining of the womb is growing, an egg, or ovum, in one of the ovaries starts to mature. At about day 14 of an average 28-day cycle, the egg leaves the ovary. This is called ovulation.
- A woman is most likely to get pregnant during the 3 days before or on the day of ovulation.
Since menstruation is a very positive indicator of pregnancy and motherhood, we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. So, Let’s know more scientific knowledge about menstruation and get rid of the taboos and barriers created by us.
Not to mention, apart from taboo and social imbalance, a particularly huge problem, though, may be the health problems caused by lack of education, or lack of access to hygiene products like sanitary pads or tampons. Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases are caused by poor menstrual hygiene.