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Updated: May 13, 2020

When education fails to include menstrual health, we exclude half the world's population from fulfilling their future potential. Lack of menstrual education is one of the primary reasons for negativity around periods.

It's high time we learn more about menstruation, unlearn all the myths and take conscious efforts to make it a topic of conversation.

The scientific definition of menstruation or period, is the shedding of the lining of a womxn's uterus. We see this shedding as blood.

Our ovaries release an egg once a month. This egg and the lining of the uterus which come out of vagina is what we call period. This is one of the phases of menstrual cycle.

Menstruation gives womxn the ability to reproduce. During sexual intercourse, the egg released from the ovaries can get fertilized by a male's sperm, and then attach to the lining of the uterus and grow into a human.

Period usually starts between ages 12-14. But it's absolutely normal if your period starts sooner or later than this.

Period differs from person to person in terms of its duration and flow, the way it feels, the PMS, etc.

Usually, period lasts for 3-5 days. Some womxn menstruate even for a week or more, which is perfectly normal and natural. The number of days can fluctuate in the initial year of your period.

The flow of your period can be heavy, light or both. Not just that, but each womxn bleeds different shades of blood - from orange to bright red, from black to brown. In spite of the fact that most of these shades are considered to be natural, others may be reason to see your doctor.

Sometimes, periods can make you throw up too. The uterus contracts to shed its lining, which in turn causes the physical discomfort during period.

For some, period may be a breeze (and such womxn are god's favorite, I kid you not.) On the other hand, many describe their period as someone stabbing you in stomach and twisting the knife.

Menstrual health education is crucial not only for those who menstruate but for each and every individual. Because at its essence, menstruation is about reproduction. And such an education must be conveyed in a healthy, positive manner. It will build the confidence among womxn and empower them to reach greater heights.

Written by Neha Khandekar

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