Menstruation is an inevitable experience for any woman, but note that there are certain dos and don’t which if not observed may jeopardise one’s health, in fact life..
In fact, it is not possible to talk about a woman’s health without talking about her monthly period.
It is just once in a month, but it could be the source of perennial personal embarrassment and health challenge if not properly handled.
It was for these reasons that a pro-women’s health body, Rachael Udenna Foundation, recently held a sensitization programme for wives of military officers in Abuja .
At the centre of discussion was on personal and environmental hygiene and female reproductive system, all of which could lead contracting bacterial infection.
Contacting bacteria could lead to many challenges including delayed pregnancy or deformed briths, the participants were told.
Ms Rachel Udenna, founder of the foundation defined menstruation as a monthly discharge of blood from a woman’s body, lasting between three to seven days depending on her body mechanism.
“Menstruation is critical for every woman that is of age,,it is a normal monthly out flow of blood that all women must expect, especially when they are not pregnant.
“Learn to take care of your bodies during this period,’ clean up regularly, wash your hands and eat good food to boost your immunity”.
As much as cleaning up regularly is critical, the women were told that there is a safe way to go about it.
“Clean from front to back whenever you use the toilet and change your sanitary pad frequently, especially when they are full to avoid bacteria infection.
” Take more of fruits and vegetables to replace lost fluid during menstruation to enable the body rebuild itself,” she said.
They are also to avoid using pieces of clothes during menstruation ad the clothes may be infected.
“Use only certified sanitary pads to remain clean and tidy during menstruation
Women were equally told of the importance of passing the knowledge to their girl children especially, what they should know at every stage of their lives so they would be righty guided..
Symptoms associated with menstruation
– abdominal pains, headache, and general irritation depending on the body mechanism of the individual.
– women to note that with irregular menstrual cycle, it may be difficult to count ovulation periods