Long Live My Daughter Menstruated!

This title may sound interesting to you. You may be accustomed to hearing the word alas rather than the word ‘bye bye’ when the word menstruation is mentioned. Isn’t it time for this to change, dear reader?

One of the burdens placed on women in our country is the undisputed menstrual taboo. It is thought that women’s menstrual periods are shameful, shameful and should be hidden, and women in our country make the mistake of being ashamed of their own bodies from a young age. However, a woman’s menstrual cycle is a testament to her health and supreme fertility and should be celebrated.

In our country, women hide their menstruation from their surroundings and even have difficulty in meeting a basic need as pad shopping. While it is entirely in our hands to break the taboo of the menstrual period, the biggest task here is the parents. Parents should inform their girls and boys correctly about the menstrual period, and they should ensure that sexual education is given to both girls and boys equally in schools. While talking about how the menstrual cycle of girls will cause changes in their bodies, it should also be explained that there is nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Likewise, boys should be informed about what the menstrual cycle means and what kind of physical/mental changes it causes in women. Let’s not forget, dear parents, education starts at home.

So where does change begin? Change starts in our language. Menstruation is not a disease, but when we talk about the menstrual period, we describe it as a “disease”. We can start the change process by abandoning this use. Or when we see a nervous woman, giving up asking “I think it’s the beginning of the month…” without thinking that something might go wrong or bothering her in her life…

So, what should be the approach of a mother or father whose daughter is menstruating?

First of all, you should explain to your daughter that menstruation is not something to be afraid of, it is a natural process and is the first step into adulthood. Let your daughter ask you questions about her period and even share your own experiences with her. Teach him to use pads. Most importantly, make him feel that he should not be ashamed of this situation and that he can always talk to you. Do not share this situation with anyone except against his will, but let him know that he can easily talk about this situation with his father or brothers, and let him talk about it when he feels ready.

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