What is Menstrual Taboo?

The menstrual taboo is used to describe the social norm in which menstruation is viewed as a topic that should not be talked about and should be hidden.

The taboo on menstruation prevents access to clear and accurate information on this subject, and causes young women to not be comfortable talking to anyone about this issue and to believe that menstruation is something to be ashamed of, but it also creates the basis for many physical and psychological problems.

What should we do to overcome the menstrual taboo?

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.

It should be ensured that sexual education is given equally to both girls and boys. 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.

What emotional changes occur in women during menstruation?

Many effects such as sudden emotional fluctuations, increased stress and anxiety levels, increased emotionality and anger, sensitivity in the body, and increased appetite can be seen in the premenstrual (PMS) and menstrual period.

Treatment is not recommended unless such mood disorders, which may be caused by hormonal fluctuations, do not affect the person’s life too much; However, if it affects the person’s private and business life and functionality, it is useful to seek help from a specialist.

What can we do to reduce the problems experienced during the menstrual period?

  • When you are on your period, you should share that you are sensitive with your close circle. It should be explained that this is a syndrome, relatives should be more understanding to the person and should not perceive the behavior personally.

  • During this period, you may overestimate the problems and the situation may become inextricable. Therefore, it is useful to postpone situations that do not require urgent solutions until this period passes.

  • Outdoor walking, non-strenuous sports and meditation can be done.

  • Attention should be paid to nutrition, caffeine intake should be reduced.

  • Communication with the immediate environment should be established.

  • Most importantly, it should not be forgotten that this period and all these emotional sensitivities are temporary, that these symptoms are a hormonal change caused by the characteristics of this period, and that’s why we feel like this.

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.

  • Make him feel that he shouldn’t 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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