Taboos of Menstruation

Let us talk about Menstruation today!

Do I already see a few of you squirm while reading this. A few of you may even be uncomfortable and think why is Sharvari talking about ‘That time of the Month’ on Mumbai 2 Melbourne? The reason I am raising my voice about common Taboos regarding Menstruation today is to create awareness amongst both Men and Women that Menstruation is an absolutely natural phenomenon and it is not needed to be shrouded in secrecy.

In our society, menstruation is likened to impurity, wherein a woman is considered unclean. In certain cultures menstruating women are treated almost like untouchables. They are banned from kitchens and not allowed to cook or touch food. Similarly they are not allowed to pray or enter the room which has religious books or the prayer room at home. I am very glad that my Mum did not believe in this and never made periods a big deal. I was allowed to do everything I would during menstruation which I would on non-period days.

One of the other taboos is to talk about menstruation. It is one word that is shrouded in secrecy. No one talks about it in the family. I remember going to the chemist to buy sanitary napkins when I was in Grade 10 for the first time. The chemist insisted on wrapping it in a newspaper then tying it with a thread and then covering it with a big black opaque plastic bag. It left me wondering if I was indeed carrying sanitary napkins or arms for mass destruction! I remember coming home and being super annoyed with the way this society thinks about periods even at that tender age.


Not allowed to visit temples or mosques or religious places of worship if you are menstruating is one taboo that really annoys me. My argument against this is that God created menstruation to happen to a woman every month so there should be no reason why menstruation should make a woman any less religious at that of the month. I have certainly not believed in this taboo ever and I have certainly visited places of worship during that time of the month. Sorry not Sorry!

You cannot wash your hair for the first 3 days of your period. Says who?? Just another crazy idea that someone passed on and it became an unwritten rule. I just cannot believe how such taboos exist even today.

It is not just the villages and small towns but these taboos exist even in well-educated families in the cities as well. Education and creating awareness about menstruation through media and social media is the need of the hour. This World Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), our endeavour is to break the taboo that engulfs this natural phenomenon that is the basis of very existence of human life on earth. This post is a part of a blog train hosted by Anupriya of www.mommytincture.com where 14 wonderful ladies have stepped forward to express themselves this #MenstrualHygieneDay and stress on the fact that there are #NoMoreLimits for woman. I would like to thank Disha from http://lifemyway.in/ for introducing me. Disha is an IT professional and a lifestyle blogger and writes about travel, food and fiction. Also I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Sayeri from http://www.sayeridiary.com Sayeri is a Kolkatta based blogger who loves to write about fashion, parenting,  beauty and makeup. She is a Digital Marketing professional and blogging is her passion.

But wait there’s more! You stand a chance to win a DEA Corp Menstrual Cup worth Rs. 2500/-. 

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XOXO

Sharvari

46 Comments
  1. I am amazed by the common practice about wrapping the napkins with a newspaper, tying it with a rope and then putting it in the plastic across the country. So this is the state of affairs in India. What happens in the country where you live now? Are there any similar taboos there too?
    Thanks for participating in my blog train.

    1. Luckily we can.buy sanitary napkins in supermarkets or chemist’s and no one will wrap them in newspapers here. It’s still a hush hush topic…. No taboos that I have heard off in Australia so far

  2. I really dont understand why women are considered as impure during period days? Rather this process depicts that we are pure and we have the power to create a life. God has sent us to create a human being. So we are special and our period days too. Men should understand that this is just a

  3. You have beautifully raised your point of view against those people who believe in such ridiculous myths. Menstruation is a general process in a woman’s body then why is it treated like this.

  4. It’s a shame that these taboos still exists… and we say we belong to 21st century. We all have to unite and come forward to eradicate them from the society. Let every day be May28th!

  5. Love how you have thrown light on the taboos around menstruation. Crazy customs and taboos aplenty in our country and they vary from state to state

  6. Agree…talking about it just like any other subject is so important. Menstruation is not a taboo..it’s a natural process and should be dealt with it like water.

  7. We all should talk loud and fight against this social taboo.Women cant be taken as a machine for reproduction. And society should understand that menstruation is a natural process nothing to shame for it.

    1. Absolutely you nailed it. Women reproduce but it is menstruation that is the basis of reproduction. It is shocking to see how people still have taboos about such a natural phenomenon

  8. A good topic.. not many are willing to talk openly about this topic . It’s skocking to know the stats of women who are not aware of higine during periods

    1. That is right. Menstrual Hygiene and sanitary products should be accessible to all be it rural or city areas.

  9. Kudos to you ladies for taking up this topic for discussion. Still considered a taboo in many societies menstrual hygiene has to come out of the hush hushes and whisperings

  10. The customs are made customs and remain so because we don’t apply logic to it. Washiy your hair is I guess related to heating up your body which in a way leads to increase in the blood flow. I don’t know much but that’s how I could understand the washing of hair logic but I feel we shouldn’t adhere to customs the without understanding the thought put behind it. I was a part of this blog train and would love to know your thoughts on my post about Taboo. Do let me know. Thank you.

    1. I agree Siddhi… Most of these customs started with the idea of letting women rest and recover but became more of a custom of isolation and humiliation. These taboos should be spoken about and people must be educated.

  11. I still go with this phase not to enter in temple. people need to be educated and so girls do not feel that they have done something wrong. when there is need for extra care , they are neglected the most

  12. That’s a very informative post. I too don’t believe in all the taboos of menstruation and do things like normal days.

  13. That’s such a great read. I love that people have become more open about it and are comfortable to talk while back in days some women were not allowed to enter kitchen and temples when on periods.

  14. Your article on Menstruation and its taboo among educated families does come as a surprise. It shows how people somehow are still narrow minded. Hope article like your will enough knowledge so people feel more comfortable to talk about it.

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