Menstruation is a taboo in India for a long period. Some youngsters have started talking about it openly but there is still a big majority of population that still tries to hide this phenomenon from telling it to males. There is still a lot of hesitation from rural areas and people of earlier generation. Period is a natural phenomenon that women experience for most period of their life, men are aware of it but still aren’t known about how to acknowledge it. Cross gender shyness and hesitation has caused a massive backlog in providing women with good sanitary care and good environment. Menstrual pain is a real thing and men of all ages should understand that.
Today we will discuss about some tips on how women can confront men in their life about periods and find it absolutely normal. We have with us Dr. Tanu Chowdhury, Clinical Psychologist from Healthcare Clinic, Lucknow to know about some ways for help.
How to talk about periods with your friends?
Being in a society where all women and men get education and work together. It is quite obvious that girls would have male friends too. Going out with them, it might be possible that you get your periods at odd times. In that situation it is always better for male friends to be aware of the situation and you can tell them without any hesitation about what you are going through. This will help to tackle the stigma as well as aid in providing help when most needed. Tell them about your experience, problems and things related to menstrual cycle.
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How to talk about period in workplace?
Women actively work in the society but still try to hide a pad when they get their periods in middle of the working hours. They cannot carry sanitary pads as confidently as they can carry a comb or lipstick or liners, etc. Making men around your workplace more knowledgeble about menstruation and potential problems can aid in stopping the negative views about it. Periods are often used as an exucuse to keep women out of the office arena and not hire them. Even though talking about period could be tricky but you can least tell your male associates without any shame that you have got your periods or going through it.
How to talk to your Partner about menstruation?
Your life partner or better half is the easiest person to talk to at most times. He is the one you share your life with, and since menstrual cycle is such a big part of it, it is important that he knows about it. Women should try to sit with them and discuss about this topic in detail so that he understands your situation and can support you during your tough times. This can aid in providing you with appropriate care and hygiene which might be taken up for a spin otherwise. So speak about periods to your life partner, fiancé or boyfriend about this very seriously.
How to Speak about periods with males in family?
Family remains with you from start to end, they are the ones that can come to your rescue at any point of time. It is obvious that there is hesitation, shyness and little embarrassment when girls have to ask about sanitary pads from father. But it should not be, your father is a person who knows and have experience more than what we often think of. He is the first person that can think of your safety and hygiene and can bring you sanitary napkins, menstrual cups or tampons. With brother it is comparatively easy because he is of the same age and talking about periods can be better.
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