Women Health – Myths, facts & Care .

Vagina - Myths, facts & Care .

“I bet you were worried. I was worried. I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them.”

― Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

 

A vagina , a word not heard often in normal conversation. We women have loads of things to discuss & comments on . Have you ever heard a discussion regarding the most vital part of the human anatomy that has the power to create new life ?? Because I have not . We protect our eyes , take care of  our skin , pamper our hair but I am sure 95 % of women living in big cities or rural area have no concern or idea about how to  keep one’s Vagina healthy .

 

Common Myths 

Some years ago I had a chance to live in some small towns in Rajasthan . I was stunned at the ignorance  Of women about their health & hygiene. Also some disturbing myths about Female body parts & menstrual cycle ( it is considered impure in many religions). These are age old theories still practiced in most of the rural India.  Here are some of those

  1. The vagina is a dirty organ , not to be talked about or taken care of .
  2. Woman in her menstrual cycle should not perform regular household work . She should not enter the kitchen or worship area .
  3. A woman should not come in contact with male members . She should remain confined to a room .
  4. A piece of  cloth is used during menstrual cycle which is washed & reused practically ignoring all the possibilities of infections . 
  5. Women are highly ignorant about the cleanliness of  their private parts . 
  6. Most of women don’t use proper innerwear . They refrain from spending money of inner garments considering it a waste of money .
  7. Physical intimacy is prohibited . If a couple copulate during this time period, it is said to cause illness in the male partner.
  8. Women should not take a bath or wash hair during the periods .
  9. Blood lost during menstrual periods is impure blood . 

 

“It’s long past time we started focusing on the solutions that actually keep women healthy, instead of using basic aspects of women’s health as a tool of cultural, moral, and political control.” – Martha Plimpton

 

The situation is no better in cities . Women in cities treat the subject with equal callousness . You can find the similar situation in masses in bigger town or cities as well . Overall women health & hygiene is an ignorant subject that needs immediate attention. So why women don’t pay attention to their own health ? Why family , kids , husband or a job in the priority list but health is not even included ? I happen to discuss the issue with some women around my area . They came up with varied answers

  1. Mind make up , They are brought up in such a way that they pay less attention to the matter regarding self .
  2. Lack of awareness &  information , Many don’t have access to proper information & facts . Like polio and Aids campaign, our government should start an extensive campaign for women’s health . National health targets can’t not be achieved until & unless the “lady of the house” is all healthy & well informed .
  3. Embarrassment , Women often feel shy to discuss these topics . They are embarrassed to reach out to people who have correct information like health care representatives or medical professionals . They rather discuss it with their family & friends who provide nothing but half baked information .
  4. Money constrains . Many women think sanitary pads are  expensive . They would rather spend money on something important than spending money on “luxury”  ( It is far more convenient & economical to use home made pads )

The same practice is passed on to generation after generation . The result is pretty evident . Poor women health & alarmingly high rate of nasty infections.  So how to avoid its  occurrence ?? Its not as hard as it seems . Regular health check ups & proper hygiene routine can avoid a number of diseases .

 

Time for some Facts  & Care routine 

First of all ready made sanitary pads are not at all expensive . Stayfree , one of the leading brands of sanitary products , has a wide range of products that suits every requirement .

  1. It comes in many sizes & shapes for regular , light or heavy flow .
  2. It is quite convenient to use & ensures better hygiene .
  3. Unlike homemade pads , Stayfree napkins prevent rashes , leakage , staining & odor . You can remain tension free for a longer time .
  4. It is easy to carry & convenient to dispose .

Women Health  - Myths, facts & Care .

 

The menstrual cycle is  a biological process . It is neither impure or unnatural . It is just like breathing , eating or digestion process. There is absolutely no need to isolate yourself during these Five days . Although a good hygiene routine can avoid many infections . Taking a bath or cleaning your private parts is the best way to keep infection & odor at bay . ( Normal odor is fine but check if there is any foul smell . Immediately consult your doctor . It migh be a vaginal infection) 

Use a good quality sanitary pad as per your requirement . Keep changing the pad at regular interval depending on the amount of blood flow . Using Sanitary wipes or just cleaning the area with normal water is recommended . ( Excessive flow of blood could be a sign of some major problem .Don’t ignore it .)

Physical intimacy during periods is an individual choice . It doesn’t have any ill effect on any of the partners . In fact some couples prefer this time to get intimate as the chances of pregnancy is very less .

Finally have a nutritious diet & be regular with your health check ups . Prevention is always better than cure . Your little effort can avoid many major health related problems . The female body is a beautiful creation of god .Accept it the way it is . There is nothing wrong , dirty or impure about it . 

 

“The vagina is an important body organ . Take care of it as you take care of the rest of your body . Educate yourself & your daughter about the women health & hygiene . Clear all her doubts . You r support will make her feel good about herself . She will accept the changes  It is imperative to pay attention to yourself if you want a healthy family & Nation . ” 

 

Garima Nag
A compulsive traveler, voracious reader & habitual fashionista. Love to explore, live & laugh. Read More

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  1. I respect you for taking the informative and awakening post. I am a father to a daughter and will make sure that she gets to know the right. I think in some cases even women are to be blamed for the condition, for not passing the right information to next generation. Well done, hope your message reaches bigger audience.

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