I know the title of this blog post is a bit harsh. Not ALL men. Only some men. Well, the reason of me putting up this post was in reaction to some feedback I’ve received from male friends/readers about my previous post on Why I use Washable / Reusable menstrual pads?
They went like “Eewwww”, “Yuck” and gave all sort of disgusting remarks. Really? Come on, boys! Your mum uses them, your girlfriend uses them, your sister uses them and in the future, your daughter will do too.
And, tell me what is so disgusting about a menstrual pad or menstrual cycle?
To be honest, I really think the only reason where men are disgusted by it – is purely because of how uninformed they are about it. Some people think that menstrual fluid is gross because of thousands of years of conditioning especially through cultural stigma. For thousands of years, these sort of silly taboos about menstrual cycle of being either mystical or a curse. Seriously, boys?? Even now? Where have you, guys been living in?
The Female Reproductive System
Baby girls are born with ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus. The two ovaries are oval-shaped and sit on either side of the uterus (womb) in the lowest part of the abdomen called the pelvis. They contain thousands of eggs, or ova. The two fallopian tubes are long and thin. Each fallopian tube stretches from an ovary to the uterus, a pear-shaped organ that sits in the middle of the pelvis. The muscles in a female’s uterus are powerful and are able to expand to allow the uterus to accommodate a growing fetus and then help push the baby out during labor.
As a girl matures and enters puberty, the pituitary gland releases hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce other hormones called estrogen and progesterone. These hormones have many effects on a girl’s body, including physical maturation, growth, and emotions.
About once a month, a tiny egg leaves one of the ovaries — a process called ovulation — and travels down one of the fallopian tubes toward the uterus. In the days before ovulation, the hormone estrogen stimulates the uterus to build up its lining with extra blood and tissue, making the walls of the uterus thick and cushioned. This happens to prepare the uterus for pregnancy: If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell, it travels to the uterus and attached to the cushiony wall of the uterus, where it slowly develops into a baby.
If the egg isn’t fertilized, though — which is the case during most of a woman’s monthly cycles — it doesn’t attach to the wall of the uterus. When this happens, the uterus sheds the extra tissue lining. The blood, tissue, and unfertilized egg leave the uterus, going through the vagina on the way out of the body. This is a menstrual period.
This cycle happens almost every month for several more decades (except, of course, when a female is pregnant) until a woman reaches menopause and no longer releases eggs from her ovaries.
So, listen up. boys!
Period or Menstrual cycle is not unclean or embarrassing. If any women is unclean, it is really just because she has hygiene problem. It is not due to her period that she is unclean. And, I am strongly against making menstruation hidden. It is a universal fact of life. Both women and men should embrace it. It is really no different from any of you sweating or having any sort of body fluid discharged (Personally, I still think period is even cleaner than those weird human discharged sometimes. YUCK!).
And, shame on any religion, culture and race that make it a taboo.
Remember: It is just how the body function and it is reacting as how it is supposed to and that is perfectly normal. And, don’t forget the reproduction system is essential to the survival of the human species. (Guess where did all the men comes out from?) So, we should all embrace it not making it seem as a shameful thing to have.
- Why I use Washable / Reusable menstrual pads? (theorientnomad.wordpress.com)