Menstruation is a natural biological process that every woman and girl goes through each month for about half of her life. A phenomenon that is so significant that the survival and reproduction of specie depend upon it. Yet we consider it a taboo. We feel awkward and shameful talking about it. I was told to keep it a secret from others when I got my first periods, and later when this chapter appeared in textbooks, our biology teacher skipped the section. This taught me that it is shameful to talk about menses and made me ashamed of my body. I learned to stay unaware of periods to stay decent.
The health needs of women and men increase with time. The biological makeup of humans impacts in distinctive ways. Women's health is associated with numerous health issues and affects the quality of living. The most common health issues affecting women include menstruation and reproductive and breast health issues. However, the risk of diseases can be reduced by making a few changes in diet and lifestyle.
Most of the women are affected by premenstrual syndrome. PMS is a collection of physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that can occur in the 2 weeks before menstruation. Symptoms of PMS can begin soon after ovulation and may be associated with fluid retention. The symptoms such as bloating, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and headaches can be mild or severe. Although PMS is an integral part of many women's menstrual cycle, it can disrupt daily life and affect their quality of life. Moreover, they may stop once menstruation starts.