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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 184-186

Menstruation related myths in India: strategies for combating it


Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Tanu Anand
Department of Community Medicine, H-1/7 Malviya Nagar, New Delhi - 110 002
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.154627

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Menstruation is a phenomenon unique to girls. However, it has always been surrounded by taboos and myths that exclude women from many aspects of socio-cultural life. In India, the topic has been a taboo until date. Such taboos about menstruation present in many societies impact on girls' and women's emotional state, mentality and lifestyle and most importantly, health. The challenge, of addressing the socio-cultural taboos and beliefs in menstruation, is further compounded by the low girls' knowledge levels and understandings of puberty, menstruation, and reproductive health. Thus, there is the need to follow a strategic approach in combating these issues. The current paper aims to discuss menstruation related myths prevalent in India, their impact on women's life, relevance of addressing these issues in primary care and a brief description about various strategies to combat them.


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