Mum: Sade! Sade ! Sade !

Sade : Mum , what is it again! Am late for church

Mum: There is an obvious stain on your skirt .

Sade : Oh No, this can’t be true , not today.. mum, am menstruating, and I am not using a sanitary pad

Mum: Buy why Sade ?

Sade : I can’t afford it , its now N400. Its too expensive for me ..
Sade is the typical example of the many women out there who are faced with the discomfort and embarrassment they get from not using sanitary pads. Why? Because they can’t afford it. It Is expected that from a certain age , the female should menstruate. If having period is not a choice , why then should feminine hygiene products be paid for ?

Menstruation, also known as a period or monthly, is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. This act happens without the consent of the female person, it is referred to as normal. To prevent the discharge from staining the woman’s wear , it is expected that she uses a sanitary pad or napkin. A sanitary napkin, sanitary towel, sanitary pad, menstrual pad, or pad is an absorbent item worn by a woman while she is menstruating, while she is recovering from vaginal surgery, for lochia (post-birth bleeding), after an abortion, or in any other situation where it is necessary to.

No one chooses to have a period. When a biological female is born, they don’t sign up to have periods. They also cannot control their periods and have no choice in the matter, due to it being a biological function and sometimes very inconvenient. Feminine hygiene products are expensive to get. For someone who has no choice in the matter of a monthly cycle.

Condoms are free and feminine hygiene products are not. Having sex is a choice, you don’t NEED a condom. Women NEED feminine hygiene products as to not embarrass ourselves during our periods. It’s not something any of us enjoy so why should we have to pay in more ways than one when they happen?

Infact women are being exploited . Yes, women are being exploited. The society demands we use these products (Sanitary Pads) Let’s not forget that without them we’d be bleeding all over the place which is not only unseemly but also unhygienic due to blood-borne illness and disease. Without periods humankind as we know it would not exist. It is hypothesized that humans first learned to keep track of time by comparing a woman’s cycle with the phases of the moon. It also goes without saying that man would literally not exist if it weren’t for periods. These products are a necessity and companies are making billions every year by exploiting women.

Having periods is a biological process which prepares the female to produce new individual. It is not a shameful thing. Every women has a right to the basic needs of her body, which must be respected. Sanitary napkins are very essential and must not be regarded as a taboo rather should be provided free of cost or at least at minimum price to each and every women with proper guidance of it’s use.

Hence , I think these products (Sanitary pads etc.) should be free or at least go for a very minimal price.

Do you have a different thought on this issue, let me know .. Should feminine hygiene products go for free ?

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