An initiative to raise awareness around menstrual health
Date: 1st August 2023
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Venue: Activity Room, KL Hyderabad, Aziz Nagar Campus
The event “Time to Break Silence around Menstruation” was organized by the Women Development Cell (WDC) at KL University, Hyderabad, in collaboration with Dr. Ramakrishna A, the Principal of KL Hyderabad. The event aimed to create awareness about menstrual health and hygiene among the female students and faculty members. The distinguished speaker for the event was Dr. Somavathi, an esteemed medical professional with an M.B.B.S and M.D in Anatomy, serving as an Assistant Professor at Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences.
During the event, Dr. Somavathi addressed various important aspects related to menstruation:
1. What is menstruation?
Dr. Somavathi elaborated on the biological process of menstruation, explaining that it is a natural bodily function in females of reproductive age. She discussed how the menstrual cycle involves the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in the discharge of blood and other materials from the vagina. The attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of this essential aspect of female physiology.
2. What is a menstrual cycle?
Dr. Somavathi further delved into the menstrual cycle, highlighting its duration, which typically lasts around 28 days, although it can vary from person to person. She explained the different phases of the menstrual cycle, including the follicular phase, ovulation, and the luteal phase. Attendees learned about the hormonal changes that occur during these phases and how they regulate the reproductive process.
3. Why are periods painful?
The speaker discussed the common discomforts experienced during menstruation, such as abdominal cramps, headaches, and mood swings. She provided insights into the biological reasons behind these pains, emphasizing that they are a normal part of the menstrual process for many women. Attendees also received tips on how to manage menstrual pain through various methods, including lifestyle changes and over-the-counter pain relievers.
4. At what age does menstruation typically begin?
Dr. Somavathi informed the audience that the age of onset of menstruation, known as menarche, can vary, but it usually occurs between the ages of 10 and 15. She emphasized that the timing can differ based on individual factors, such as genetics and overall health.
5. Why is menstrual hygiene so important?
In this segment, the speaker stressed the significance of maintaining good menstrual hygiene practices. Dr. Somavathi explained that improper hygiene during menstruation could lead to infections and other health issues. She educated the attendees about the various hygienic products available, such as sanitary pads, tampons, and menstrual cups, and the importance of regular changing and proper disposal.
6. Side effects of unhealthy menstrual practices.
Dr. Somavathi highlighted the potential health risks associated with unhealthy menstrual practices, such as using unclean or makeshift materials during menstruation. She discussed how such practices could lead to infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases, and other complications. Attendees were encouraged to adopt safe and hygienic practices to safeguard their reproductive health.
The event saw Dr. Somavathi engaging the audience with her expertise and interactive approach. Her explanations were clear, making complex topics easily understandable for the attendees. The interactive session allowed the students to express their concerns openly, and Dr. Somavathi’s responses were informative and reassuring. The Principal, Dr. Ramakrishna A, and Mrs. Prasanna Lakshmi Akella, Convenor of the Women Development Cell, expressed their gratitude to Dr. Somavathi for her invaluable insights. The felicitation ceremony further added to the sense of appreciation for the speaker’s contributions.
The event was attended by approximately 100 girl students from the university, along with lady teaching and non-teaching faculty members.
The event received overwhelming feedback from the girl students who found it to be highly informative and beneficial. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn about menstrual health from an expert in the field. The attendees praised KL University Management and the Women Development Cell for organizing such a valuable and empowering event.
The “Time to Break Silence around Menstruation” event was a resounding success, effectively fulfilling its objective of raising awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. The participation and engagement of the attendees, along with the guidance of Dr. Somavathi made the event a memorable and enlightening experience for all. The initiative taken by KL University and the Women Development Cell in organizing such events reflects the institution’s commitment to the holistic well-being and empowerment of its students.