Improving Menstrual Hygiene Among Women

  • TheTick Times Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

Since over 50% of the world female population are within the reproductive age, more than half of the women in the world menstruate every month but a significant number of them lack access to a proper sanitary facility which makes them maintain poor hygiene during menstruation, and this exposes them to various diseases. Even with the challenges they face due to the lack of facilities, they still prefer to die in silence because females believe menstruation is a private thing and things related to it should not be discussed in public.

Due to the lack of facilities, girls at schools lack the ability to manage a good menstrual hygiene at school while the mothers and teachers the students depend on to advise them or give necessary facility also require adequate one. Surely, lack of a good menstrual hygiene has an effect on the girls, women, and environments. It affects the activities of the girls at school by truncates their level of concentration and working ability; it may also expose them to infections and more which may incapacitate them for sometimes. The impact of a good menstrual hygiene also goes far to the extent of affecting the schools, business activities, and economy. Reviving the menstrual hygiene and management requires sensitizing the females in the environment, injection of more sanitary facilities like sanitary pads, sanitary cups water, clean towels and more. The following are things needed in managing a good sanitary hygiene.


1. Distribution of sanitary pad

Sanitary pads is known for holding blood discharged from the private part of women. Countless adolescent girls and women lack the necessary resource to purchase a sanitary pad they need in carrying their blood discharge. With their inability to get a sanitary pad, it affects their daily activities by hindering the girls from school due to the fear of shame that her cloth will be left stained, she would stain the toilet with blood. Therefore sanitary pads serve as a barrier for female during their menstrual period. Getting money to purchase a sanitary pad to cover likely shames, some of the girls go as far as engaging in the sex trade to get it. Well, I will not blame them to some extent because sanitary pads are essential to their lives and they lack the power to get one. Improving the condition of the incapacitated women and girls, we need to distribute sanitary pads in such regions.


2. Distribution Of Menstrual Cups

Selling menstrual cups to incapacitated women and girls at a subsidized rate or distributing it freely is another way to improve menstrual hygiene among school girls. The menstrual cup is a newly launched technology that helps eradicated some of the challenges faced by poor girls and women who lack adequate resource to purchase sanitary pads. The container is equipped with silicone rubber that is medically approved. Unlike the sanitary pad, the cup is to be inserted into the vagina for the collection of blood. With this, the problem of inadequate facilities and privacy to change and dispose of sanitary pads at schools and other places is reduced. Although, when using the cup, it is highly recommended that standard hygiene is maintained while inserting, removing and replace the cup to prevent infection. The only barrier to this method is water to clean the cup. This method offers a cheap and cost-effective approach to maintaining menstrual hygiene because it can be reused, unlike sanitary pads.


3. Adequate water

To keep a standard menstrual hygiene, adequate water that would be used for sanitation is necessary. In most African region, quite some adolescent girls drop out of school due to inadequate facility for menstrual cleanliness. Water is paramount for females during their menstrual period to clean up. It prevents them from being infected; impede the spread of disease and more. Water also affects female teachers menstruating. Therefore, there is need for an adequate supply of water in school.


4. Private place for changing or disposal

Most schools lack the provision of an adequate place where menstruating girls can change the sanitary facilities and menstruation is not a public thing. When the girls do not maintain healthy and hygienic conditions while menstruating, they feel uncomfortable, and it affects their activities in the classrooms. Which such evidence, maintaining a standard hygiene while menstruating requires the provision of a private place for changing.


5. Sanitary disposal facilities

All over the world at home, schools hospital, workplaces a standard sanitary waste disposal facilities like sanitary bins is lacked. With such prove, it evident that women and ladies will only make use of the available resources they have at hand at that moment. On most occasions, they tend to flush their sanitary wastes in the toilet, throw it in the bin, or dump it on the floor and this goes a long way spreading diseases, foul odors, infecting people, blockage of toilets and more. All these problems occur due to unavailability of and adequate disposal facility. Increasing the menstrual hygiene in our environment, it is necessary that we provide sanitary disposal facilities in female washrooms or toilets.


6. Educating

It has been proven that most females lack adequate knowledge as regards menstruation, and more than half of them menstruates every month. They lack the understating of the necessities in maintaining a safe and medically hygienic condition while menstruating. To help improve this situation, it is pertinent that we sensitize females about menstruation and its hygiene.

Up till this extent, we will agree that most females in the world do not maintain a medically standard hygienic condition while menstruating due to lack of facility and knowledge, and the conditions need to be improved in various institutional places like schools and workplaces.

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