Month: May 2022

Let’s Talk Periods: Healthy Menstrual Practices

Menstruation is a healthy and normal, albeit somewhat inconvenient, aspect of womanhood. Though an integral part of life, the ins and outs of it are not commonly taught to not only girls stepping into adolescence, but women in general. Likewise, good menstrual practices too are not prevalently shared among women. The lack of healthy menstrual habits can lead to many adverse effects that can manifest physically, mentally and emotionally. Therefore, upkeeping menstrual hygiene not only alleviates some of the discomfort associated with a monthly period but also ensures a healthy and wholesome life. Being prepared for your upcoming period is important. Tracking your cycle is one way to know when to expect your next period and can help avoid unnecessary…

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Let’s Talk Periods: Period Poverty in Sri Lanka

“Meeting the hygiene needs of all adolescent girls is a fundamental issue of human rights, dignity, and public health” - Sanjay Wijesekera, former UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ‘Menstruation’ is a taboo topic which is rarely ever discussed publicly and freely and categorized by cultural stigma and shame across the globe. Menstruation, or period is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as a part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Period Poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products, education, hygiene facilities, waste management or a combination of these which is an important subject area for women and girls as well as the society as a whole. It describes the struggle of low income girls and women face while…

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Let’s Talk Periods: Impacts Of Menstrual Products On The Environment

Menstruation being a part of life for around 1.9 billion girls and women, menstrual products are amongst the most vital personal care products in the world. During menstruation, menstrual management products are used for feminine hygiene. Were you aware that an individual utilizes approximately 11,000 disposable sanitary pads in a lifetime? Even though we see these menstrual products such as tampons and pantyliners to be small and insignificant things, it has a tremendous environmental impact. It can cause resource wastage, emission of greenhouse gases, contamination of soil and groundwater and many more. In detail, over 200,000 tons of waste are produced each year from sanitary pads, its packaging and individual wraps, which are mostly contained of plastic that require an…

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