Menstruation is a normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Girls usually start having their periods between the ages of 11 and 14, which is known as menarche. Signs and symptoms of menstruation vary among individuals during this period. They include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, mood changes and the like. Though menstruation is not regarded as an illness, it comes with certain health effects and personal experiences which even seem more than an illness. These health effects involve painful cramps, mood and behavior changes (emotional disturbances) bleeding, menstrual disorders, migraines, backaches, amongst others.
During the period of menstruation, female students go through lots of discomforts which tend to affect their studies as well as prevent them from going about their normal daily routines.
Various sanitary pads such as Yazz, Forever Easy, Always and tampons are used to soak the menstrual fluids.
In an interview with gijonline news, some female students of Ghana Institute of Journalism, stated that they are not themselves when their menstruation begins, thus not making them go about their daily routines as they should.
The discomfort they feel having to let someone check to see if their dress is stained. Difficulty in walking due to contractions in the myometrium in order to push the menstrual fluid through the vagina. Problems with concentration, depression as well as anxiety were not left out as part of their complications.
However, other students are of the view that though it is not an illness, they go through certain symptoms.
In addition, some students are not able to make it to school and thus miss lectures which will not be tackled again.
As an initiative by the Indian Government to give out sanitary pads to its people and with the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama taking up that mandate, it would not be bad if sanitary pads are to be distributed to Institutions and in their washrooms to further aid female students who stain themselves out of the blue.
Story by:Vida Mensah