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Myths and misconceptions during menstruation: A review article

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Author: 
Uzma Eram and Tamanna, Z.
Abstract: 

Menstruation is a phenomena unique to girls. However,it has always been surrounded by taboos and myths. Different cultures view menstruation differently. A menstrual taboo is any social taboo concerned with menstruation. There are very few empirical studies which comprehensively describes the psychological, social and physiological aspects of menstruation. It is important to understand the different restrictions and views of menstruating women in different religions. In this paper, we will discuss menstrual related myths prevalent in the world and their impact on women’s life. Culturally in many parts of India, menstruation is still considered to be dirty and impure. Many girls and women are subject to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. But now-a days women have become sensitive and aware towards their health. A number of women today treat menstruation as a very normal body function. The study suggests the need for health and hygiene programs for girls. Mothers should build healthy relation with their daughters and should come out of their culture.