This is called menstruation.
After years of having periods and maybe children, the ovaries stop producing eggs and menstruation stops.
While the answers are complex, research points to a societal willingness to write-off pelvic pain as a “natural” part of menstruation.
In India, viewing menstruation as taboo causes real harm, the author Rose George notes in “The Taboo of Menstruation.”
In other women, menstruation is occasionally absent altogether.
Periodicity, and subsequently menstruation, is suppressed during pregnancy and lactation.
Chella explains why there's still so much shame around menstruation and what needs to happen to break the cycle.
These brands, along with peers like Divacup and Lola, have already been part of the recent crop of buzzy newcomers inciting a revolution in menstruation products.
According to Unicef, 71% of young Indian women remain unaware of menstruation until their first cycle and many men remain entirely ignorant of periods until they get married.
In 2019, Privacy International discovered some apps were sharing alarming amounts of intimate data with Facebook, and developer behind menstruation app Maya modified its app to stop this.
The first menstruation, or menarche, usually occurs between 11 and 13 years of age, but in a few otherwise normal children menstruation may begin sooner or may be delayed.
The stigma around menstruation has been proved to entrench India’s gender divides, in particular the low female participation in the workforce, which in 2019 was just 21%, among the lowest in the world (the global average is 47%).
On this basis the cycle is described as starting with about five days of menstruation, followed by a proliferative phase that lasts to about the 14th day, and then a secretory phase that lasts until the next menstruation.
However, Busch and colleagues say looking at menarche as a marker of the onset of puberty is problematic, not least because it often relies on women recalling when their periods began, while menstruation begins later in puberty than other developments.
Performer and author Lucy Peach, from Fremantle, believes that by understanding the effects of oestrogen and progesterone around the two major events in our menstrual cycles – ovulation and menstruation – women could perhaps better understand themselves.
“There is still a long way to go but if we can get people talking about menstruation and the need for sanitary towels – not just young women but fathers, sons and uncles too – that’s when we will finally stop being afraid of menstruation in India.”
For more garbled social politics, one episode revolves around the local princess getting her first period and being branded a witch, a half-hour that gestures toward destigmatization of women’s health while constantly cracking jokes about how gross menstruation is.
Jiang Jinjing, the woman behind the Coronavirus Sister Support campaign, which is trying to deliver feminine hygiene products to front line workers in Hubei province, recently told online media publication Sixth Tone that women's menstruation needs are being overlooked.
Menstruation in adolescence is characterized by many functional disturbances, including oligomenorrhea (scant menstruation), amenorrhea (absent menstruation), menorrhagia (excessive bleeding), and dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).
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