whom-so-ever it may concern
I am Ananya Choudhary. I am from Delhi Public School Indirapuram. It has been rightly said by Judy Grahn that “Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one most rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women”.
As a girl I have attended many workshops about women’s safety, women’s rights and some even about menstrual cycles. A common thing is that they only have girls and women in them. I understand that this is a workshop for the awareness of women but what about men? Never have I ever seen boys attending any type of workshop. I believe that it is important for women to know about such matters but I also believe that it is important for boys to know the same. If you wonder why this is important, let me give you an example. Imagine a situation, you are a young girl in a metro. You are all alone, all of a sudden your period starts. What do you do? Another woman notices your distress. She provides you with a pad, you are thankful. Since, the woman was educated about menstruation she handled well. What would a boy do? An uneducated boy would have no idea because he was not taught how to handle the situation and thus, he would just watch unable to do anything. Hence, it is just as necessary to teach young boys the same.
Another thing that I believe is that boys should have workshops teaching them about their body, changes which occur during puberty and how to respect the bodies of others, especially girls. Next, I would like to discuss the topic of maintaining a clean body during periods:
An important thing to keep in mind is that start carrying pads, tampons or menstrual cups i.e. whatever you use from a few days before your period. Example if your period starts from the 6th or 7th day of the month, start carrying your materials from the 4th day of the month.
If your periods are irregular, then I recommend doing yoga or exercise. If your cycle is still irregular then, visit a gynaecologist and be free to share any problems that you are facing. Always remember that you are not the only girl having periods. There are millions of other girls with you. So, don’t be afraid to share you struggles or pain with others. I also have a few words to say for mother. If you have a boy or a girl, discuss their growth and puberty. Don’t be shy about talking about such things in front of your children. It is a normal thing and everyone goes through it. Make sure you support your children especially during their teenage years, when puberty hits them the hardest.