In the spirit of Menstrual Hygiene Day, we're taking the opportunity to dive deep into understanding menstrual health, shedding light on its importance, and celebrating the progress we've made towards breaking period stigmas.
Understanding Menstrual Hygiene
Menstrual Hygiene is the practice of using clean menstrual management materials to absorb or collect menstrual blood, and can involve ensuring privacy, dignity, and safety while changing materials. But it's not just about materials. UNICEF defines it as a broader concept that includes using accurate and timely knowledge, safe, hygienic spaces, free of stigma or taboo.
Importance of World Menstrual Hygiene Day
Each year, Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28th, serves as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of proper menstrual hygiene. This awareness day seeks to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management worldwide.
The significance of Menstrual Hygiene Day can't be overstated. It's a chance to foster conversations and promote education around periods and menstrual health.
Steps to Maintain a Healthy Cycle
On this Menstrual Hygiene Day, let's explore the essential steps to maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle:
Stay Hydrated: It helps keep your body functions smooth, including your period.
Eat a Balanced Diet: Nutrients like iron, zinc, and healthy fats are essential during your period.
Regular Exercise: Exercise can help reduce cramps and boost your mood.
Good Sleep Habits: Poor sleep can disrupt your cycle. Make sure you're getting enough rest.
Stress Management: High stress can lead to irregular periods.
Track Your Cycle: Keep an eye on your period patterns, symptoms, and mood changes.
Embracing Habit Tracking with Insumo
This Menstrual Hygiene Day, we encourage you to make use of our mobile app, Insumo. With Insumo, you can easily track your habits, ensuring you're following the steps to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle.
Insumo not only helps you track your period but also enables you to monitor your daily habits such as hydration, diet, exercise, and sleep, which are crucial for a healthy cycle. Download Insumo today and embark on a journey towards improved menstrual health.
World Menstrual Hygiene Day serves as a yearly reminder of the importance of menstrual health. By adopting healthy habits, using resources like Insumo, and supporting initiatives such as Menstrual Hygiene Day, we can work together to improve menstrual health for everyone.
As Audre Lorde once said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation"