‘Red carpet’, ‘red wine’,’osmo’‘adoley’ among others are but a few of the names individuals tag menstruation in their bid to make it less uncomfortable to talk about it publicly.
In most societies, menstruation is a topic that is not freely discussed especially by men due to the misconceptions surrounding it.
Nevertheless, menstruation needs to be discussed since it plays an integral role in the reproductive life of every female who has reached puberty.
Speaking on the Good Health Show, Pharmacist and writer, Able Delalie encouraged both males and females to understand that menstruation is a normal cycle in females.
Able Delalie added that females should not hesitate in seeking medical attention when they notice any abnormalities in their monthly cycle.
“Menstruation is not a crime or a sin. For something that is normal, you shouldn’t feel ashamed to see the doctor if you realize there is a change in your period”, she said.
According to Miss Delalie, it is expedient females observed how their bodies work and avoid comparing themselves to other females.
Despite the fact that there are individual menstrual differences, signs and symptoms like development of acne and fatigue mostly cut across.
“For some people it is bloating…for some people your legs also swell, severe headache, fatigue, mood swings, pimples, tender breast, food craving and mostly you crave for things you don’t like and others”, she explained.
She also confirmed the notion that ladies crave for sex when ovulating.
“It is normal for every lady. When the egg is released, the only way for the egg to be fertilized is through sex. So your body is telling you that you are ready for pregnancy so that urge will be there. So it is normal for every single lady to have that urge but for some people it is even throughout ovulation, the menstrual period and sometimes after their period.”
Menstrual hygiene cannot be compromised hence females must ensure that in their period, the best hygienic practices are observed.
The Pharmacist advised females to regularly change their sanitary towels, bath at least twice a day and dispose off properly used sanitary towels.
“So you change your pads, tampons or whatever you use 2-3 times daily, take your bath regularly at least 2-3 times a day, carry tissues around so you can use it to wipe the blood, when you remove the pad don’t forget to roll it in a tissue or newspaper or polythene bag before you throw it away”.
Miss Delalie acknowledged the fact that menstrual cramp is a thorn in the flesh of most females.
These cramps are a result of the contraction of the uterus to help expel its lining or excess prostaglandins released from the uterine lining as it prepares to be shed. These cramps can be eased by reducing the intake of sugar and dairy products, using heat pads and exercising if possible.
“Try as much as possible to reduce the intake of sugary and dairy products totally or temporarily during the period and can resume after the period. You can also use a hot water bottle, so get the hot water bottle from any pharmacy and then fill it with hot water and apply it to your abdomen to ensure there is easy flow of blood.
Recently, there are pads called heat pads which have a higher temperature and works like the hot water bottle. You can also visit a pharmacy or a hospital to get medication for the pains. If you can exercise too it helps for the free flow of blood”, she said.
Miss Delalie also appealed to government to scrap off taxes on sanitary pads to make it affordable to all females.
Males are encouraged to know more about menstruation in order to offer help to females when they are in their periods.
Story by: Joylyne Oko-Matey and Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com