Periods in the News – #MenstrualMatters

In this age of information overload, it is easy for important things to get lost in the noise. This is why we handpicked a few pieces of news, articles, blogs and essays that got our attention at GiveHer5. Here is your dose of curated news to keep you aware, informed and up to date on the good, the bad and the bloody.


September was PCOS Awareness Month.

September was known as PCOS Awareness Month in a bid to improve conversation on an issue which is often overlooked, or not diagnosed right away. For several menstruators, it can be years until a proper diagnosis is given. Below is an article that illustrates the causes, symptoms and other linked health issues that may arise out of having PCOS. The more we talk, the more we know – so read or share with someone who could benefit from having this information. 

Read the full news article on Firstpost to know more about PCOS – https://www.firstpost.com/health/september-is-pcos-awareness-month-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-underdiagnosed-condition-7324891.html


What a period tracker gets wrong – dates

Did you know the average menstrual cycle lasts 29.3 days? Many of us have been taught to accept that the correct figure is 28 days. This misinformation was corrected by a new study conducted by researchers of UCL University and Natural Cycles, an app that collected data of over 600,000 women and also funded the study. This finding once again reminds us that a lot more research needs to be done to understand women’s bodies better. But, it also concerns women who rely on period tracking apps to track their fertile dates to conceive. The study notes that the ovulation dates will differ for every woman so a basic breakdown of the cycle on a period tracker could mislead women in planning or abstaining from pregnancy. 

 Read the full article on The Swaddle to know more – https://theswaddle.com/the-average-menstrual-cycle-does-not-last-28-days-but-29-3-days/

 


Speaking of period trackers, how private are they? Spoiler Alert: Not at all.

How much do you think Facebook knows about you? If you rely on a period tracking app, then they probably know when you’ve last had sex and whether you used protection or not. They are aware of your habits with regards to smoking or drinking coffee. Your period cycle and mood swings are also accessible. But it’s not like tech companies sit on this information. They leverage it to target ads back to the app users based on what can be discerned from the data provided. If you’ve noted that acne is a problem you have, an ad is already being served up to sell you skincare products. This raises a lot of eyebrows on the question of privacy, which in today’s world is a thorny issue.

Read the full article on The Swaddle to know more – https://theswaddle.com/period-tracking-apps-send-information-to-facebook/


“I’m so stressed out; my period hasn’t come yet.” Your period has probably been delayed because of your stress. 

Stress plays a significant role in how late your periods might start. It’s got to do with your hormones. It is essential to understand the relationship between stress and menstruation.

Read the full article on Refinery29 to know more – https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/stress-delay-period-late

 

 


You know what is good for the ocean? Plastic-free periods. 

It isn’t unusual to find sanitary products littered all over the beaches and in the oceans too. Just ask Ella Daish, a campaigner who is on a mission to get the government and companies to eliminate plastic from sanitary products. She has received countless pictures from people all over the world of plastic applicators washed up on the sands. People are more aware now of the dangers of single use plastic, especially in the context of period products. Tampon wearers need to use the plastic applicator just for a second, and it is then discarded. However, the plastic lasts for a few centuries, causing a negative environmental impact that is entirely avoidable. Meet the women doing something about it. 

Read the full article on The Guardian to know more – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/02/the-women-taking-the-plastic-out-of-periods

 


A young girl from Kenya took her own life after being period shamed by her teacher.  

On September 6, a young girl of 14 years took her own life. The reason? Her (female) teacher shamed her for bleeding through her skirt by calling her “dirty”, and then kicked her out of the class. The thing is, this young girl got her period for the first time and did not have the supplies on hand to prevent bleeding through her clothes. Understandably distraught, she walked home and told her mom what had happened. Later that day, she killed herself. Kenya’s Basic Education Act has made it a rule that all educational institutions should receive pads yet some schools still haven’t gotten these benefits, leaving no option for the girls but to stay home when on their period.

Read the full news article on Buzzfeed News to know more – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tamerragriffin/teenage-girl-killed-herself-period-dirty-kenya

 


 

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