Yesterday, May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day. I didn’t even know this day existed until last week. According to the Menstrual Hygiene Day website, their vision is “to create a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way – wherever she is – in privacy, safety and with dignity.”
In our society our biggest complaints with menstruation is PMS—cramping, moodiness and the hassle of it. Sometimes complaints occur around the price of tampons and other products to manage one’s monthly flow as well. However, very few of us have to worry about not being able to attend school or work because we are having our menstrual cycle and do not have adequate facilities in which to manage our flow. In addition, across the globe, women are banned from sleeping in the same bed as their partner or praying or cooking or eating meat while menstruating.
Below are a few facts on why menstrual hygiene is so important according to menstrualhygieneday.org
- 83% of girls in Burkina Fasco and 77% in Niger have no place at school to change their sanitary menstrual materials.
- 97.5% of school girls in South Asia did not know that blood flowed from the uterus.
- In Uganda, about half of the girls miss 1-3 school a month or 8-24 days a year due to their monthly cycle, which eventually leads to higher school drop-out rates.
- In Ghana, girls miss up to 5 days a month due to inadequate sanitation facilities and lack of sanity products.
As a person who is very interested in women’s issues/health and a person who believes strongly in giving back to those in need, I have decided to partner with AFRIpads on a monthly basis. This organization was founded in 2008 after the founders traveled to Uganda and realized how much the academic performance of young girls was being affected by their menstrual cycles. Due to our partnership, each month two girls will receive products that will allow them to effectively manage their menstrual cycle and also keep up their academic performance at school. Win-win!
A few months ago I did a blog called Menstrual Cycle…Hate? Love? Dread? Tolerate? as a way to start the conversation on something all of us deal with on a monthly basis. I also did the blog post as a way to help people to embrace their menstrual cycle and learn to love it.
The reason so many of us hate our menstrual cycles is due to our own health habits. When we feed our body good nutritious foods, when we move our body daily, when we maintain a healthy weight, when move from negative talk to love, when we purchase products that support a healthy menstrual cycle, this monthly occurrence stops being a hassle.
If you are ready to move towards enjoying your menstrual cycle, here are some tips for you.
- Walk daily or as often as possible.
- See a Maya Abdominal Massage Therapist at least once.
- Practice the self-massage techniques your Maya Abdominal Massage Therapist will teach you.
- Reduce or eliminate your use of tampons and manufactured pads due to the chemicals within them, instead purchase cloth
pads or, better yet, become a Diva Cup wearer (I know many people, including myself whose menstrual cycle was totally changed for the better after switching to the Diva Cup).
- Drink red raspberry tea while on your menstrual cycle.
- Reduce your intake of sugar (soda, candy, chocolate, sugar cereals, etc.).
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
- Revamp your attitude from one of dreading to one of embracing.
- Practice good alignment of your pelvis. When your pelvis is not in alignment it displaces the uterus which prevents it from shedding properly, this often leads to cramps and clots. When you sit keep the front of your hip bones (ASIS) stacked over your pubic bone. See the picture below.