The July 2016 edition of our Girls Summit was a very interactive and practical session. Yes! Our subject of discussion was “Menstrual Hygiene”. Of course we had an expert in the house who offered to take the girls through the journey of self-awareness and education. Nurse Damola told us about every woman’s monthly circle, which runs from between 20 to 30 days or more. She told us about the monthly flow, which runs from 3 to 8 days, depending on each person’s physiological make up.
She also spoke about the warning signs of danger and when it becomes necessary to seek medical help.
More importantly, she spoke about the importance of personal hygiene- which includes constant hand washing, sanitary towel change, use of medication and how not to abuse the use of medication.
Asking questions, the girls sought to find answers to some of the myths and traditional beliefs around menstruation, especially those religious beliefs that discriminates against women and girls during their menstrual flow, treating them as unclean and unfit for worship.
Menstruation is a woman’s pride; it is not a taboo! It is every girl’s glory! But it requires utmost cleanliness and care!