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Not all are blessed with a regular period cycle. Ther are some of the food items which were traditionally consumed by women to induce early periods naturally.

Not all are blessed with a regular period cycle. Well, blame it on the season or your not-so-great lifestyle or your stressful life or hormonal changes or bad food habits, irregular periods is now a common issue faced by women.

So, there are some of the food items which were traditionally consumed by women to induce early periods naturally.

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Many young girls and women do not have facilities to manage their menses hygienically, maintaining their privacy, dignity and gender equality at home, schools and workplaces.

By Vaishali Joshi

Menstrual health comprises the physical, social and mental aspects related to menstruation or periods. In India, women's health has been given secondary importance due to a male dominant society, illiteracy, low socio-economic conditions and ignorance. The most common causes of menstrual problems are PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and abnormal or heavy menstrual bleeding. Menstruation or monthly periods have been associated with a lot of social and cultural taboos in India.

Many young girls and women do not have facilities to manage their menses hygienically, maintaining their privacy, dignity and gender equality at home, schools and workplaces. So, what are normal periods? A normal menstrual period lasts from 2-7 days and comes at an interval of 21-35 days. It is difficult to quantify the actual menstrual flow. In general, use of three to four XL or regular size sanitary pads per day (since they need to be changed every six to eight hours) can be considered normal on an average, but it may vary depending on the individual.

Common menstrual problems


1. Menstrual hygiene

2. Menstrual flow

3. Menstrual cycle

4. Menstrual hormones

Menstrual hygiene related problems: Use of unclean sanitary pads or clothes can give rise to genital tract infections, anaemia and urinary tract Infection. This can be prevented by social awareness and easy availability of affordable sanitary products. It is also important to have the right knowledge about menstrual hygiene to avoid such issues from taking place.

Person holding menstrual cup Use of unclean sanitary pads or clothes can give rise to genital tract infections, anaemia and urinary tract Infection. | Photo by Monika Kozub on Unsplash


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Communities and cultures celebrate periods and the start of periods.

Periods or Menstruation are extensively a taboo topic to discuss in India. A bleeding woman is seen as impure and believed that her touch is capable of polluting and causing destruction. However, some communities and cultures celebrate periods and the start of periods. They see the start of the menstrual cycle as a milestone in a woman's life as it is the transition of a girl into a "young woman". People rejoice at the beginning of the fertile period with rituals and celebrations.

Ambubachi Mela

Ambubachi Mela is an annual festival celebrated at the Kamakhya temple in Guhwahati. The roots of The Ambubachi Mela lie in Hindu Mythology. People believe that the genitalia of Goddess Sati aka Shakti fell to the ground where the temple was built. Every June the temple gates are closed off for three days when the goddess is believed to be menstruating. On the commence of the fourth day the temple doors open and devotees receive a red cloth that is supposedly soaked in the goddess' menstrual blood. Then on the seventh day of Asadha, the festival takes place at one of the major Shakti Peethas where the female genitalia of Goddess Sati is said to have fallen and a cave with natural spring was formed. Notably, Devi Kamakhya is represented by a stone shaped in the form of a vulva.

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It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies.

Well, if you'll notice then the moon takes twenty-nine days to complete its lunar cycle, whereas women's menstrual cycle is generally 28 days! Coincidence? I think, not.

It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies. In fact, in ancient times it was said that the natural rhythm of women was to menstruate under a new moon and ovulate under a full moon.

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