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Anju Arora
Director - The Period Hub An HR expert by qualification, Anju is our Subject Matter Expert. With the experience of working in the space of Sustainable Menstrual Health since 2015, Anju brings on table the in-depth knowledge about period challenges & needs. With the passion of changing Period Narrative of our society, she has been instrumental in conceptualizing The Period Care Products, courtesy her rich experience gathered by engaging with adolescent girls & women of all age groups and from all strata of society.

Most females attain “Menarche” or the First Menstrual cycle by the age of 11 – 14 Years. During this time their bodies are going through rapid physical changes, thanks to puberty. And Menarche adds a new dimension to the whole development process. Menstruation is a biological process transforming a girl’s body and is a significant sign of reproductive capability of a woman.

When a girl starts to menstruate, she needs to know about ways to deal with menstrual flow and to maintain hygiene during that period of the month.

Dealing with the flow – there are various options available in the market to deal with the menstrual flow and deciding on which one to use is a personal preference. The options available are:

Disposable sanitary pads: these are often times made of cotton/foam (bleached) or unbleached cotton with the absorbent core. These are meant for single use only.

Reusable cloth pads: made of cloth that can be washed, dried and reused.

Tampons: these are cylindrical shaped absorbent material inserted in the vagina to absorb menstrual flow

Menstrual Cups: these are bell-shaped cups made from medical grade silicone which are worn inside the vagina to collect menstrual flow. These cups can be washed and reused

While selecting any of the above, you also have to ensure that your preferred device prevents the flow from spoiling your clothes.

Maintaining hygiene during the menstrual cycle:

Menstrual hygiene is significant in ensuring that your everyday life does not get interrupted by menstruation. It ensures that you can continue with your daily routines such as managing work or household chores or even young girls attending their schools. Maintaining proper hygiene also ensures that you never run into potential situations of embarrassment and hence makes you feel confident about yourself and your body.

Few things that you can ensure to maintain hygiene are:

  1. Staying healthy and active: Staying healthy and active is as important as any other effort you make to be prepared for menstruation. Leading a healthy and stress-free life can keep your menstrual cycle regular and periodical. On the contrary, an unhealthy lifestyle can disrupt your menstrual cycle and it becomes difficult to predict your next period. Leading an active and stress-free life ensures that you have a timely and uniform menstrual cycle. A balanced diet including appropriate amounts of essential nutrients also plays an important role in regularizing your periods and help maintain a healthy physical and mental wellbeing.
  1. Prepare yourself for the periods: There are ways you can prepare yourself for your periods.
    1. You can record your period dates in a calendar. To have them closer to you, those using computers or smartphones can download period tracking applications and record their dates.
    2. You must carry a pad with you nearing your period dates so you are not caught off-guard when your period starts suddenly.
    3. Wearing a panty liner a few days before your periods start will not only help in absorbing the discharge before menstruation but will also absorb the initial flow if the cycle starts suddenly. Liners can come quite handy when you are travelling. Being slim in size, they easily fit in the purse.
  2. General Hygiene: you must follow these general hygiene tips to have a seamless menstruation cycle –
    1. Taking a bath at least once a day
    2. Washing the genital area with a mild intimate wash at least once a day and washing it every time you use the toilet
    3. Using clean undergarments and changing them regularly
    4. Preferably a cotton undergarment should be worn as cotton allows the skin to breathe and doesn’t restrict the air flow
    5. Changing the pads regularly or if using cups, ensure you empty it in regular intervals
  3. Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene during this time is of utmost importance. If not taken care, bad hygiene can lead to various infections

So GIRLS…OWN YOUR PERIODS!!! BE A GAME CHANGER!!!

Dr Vijaya Krishnan is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and the Co-Founder and Director of Healthy Mother Sanctum, Natural Birth Centre. She is the leading official Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in India and teaches the Healthy Mother Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program.

At her Natural Birth Centre, The Sanctum, she has pioneered a unique Collaborative Model of Care – Women receive Independent Midwife Led Care, through pre-conception, pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum, with back-up support and emergency infrastructure on site

Dr Nidhi Agarwal is a connoisseur of the Holistic approach to propagate medicine free lifestyle for the last 12 years! She is a Homeopathic physician, Lifestyle & Wellness Coach, Relationship Counsellor, a holistic healer and the Director of Prakash Holistic Health Care Centre (PHCC).

Dr Nidhi, a harbinger of holistically healing any individual body, mind and soul.  Her motto is to successfully guide her patients towards a lifestyle where they can cure their body from within by understanding the requirement of the body and nutrifying it by embracing home remedies and using ingredients from your kitchen, with the minimal or no medicinal intervention.

Period Hub is proud to have Dr Nidhi on the Advisory Board. We share the same value system and advocate the Natural way of living. Period Hub hopes to benefit from her rich experience and utilise her insights to enrich our workshop modules. We also hope we shall be able to extend her expert advise to our customers and bring them out of their Period Woes.

Hema Balakrishnan is a social entrepreneur and founder of The Conscious Storey – A Unit of Color D Earth – A Handmade Collective. Hema is an alumnus of the prestigious 10000 Women program, a Goldman Sachs funded Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs in 2009. In March 2012, she was chosen by the U.S Department of State to attend the coveted International Visitors Leadership Program on Women and Entrepreneurship by the U.S. Department of State.

An ardent believer of conscious living and sustainable lifestyle Hema mentors The Period Hub in its outreach programmes and activities at the grassroots level.

Kanupriya is a seasoned marketing leader with more than 16 years of rich hands-on experience in various facets of marketing. She has spearheaded the creation of multiple brands and digital properties in start-ups like Canvera and Seventymm, as well as managed the brand portfolio of large conglomerates like Godrej and Infosys.

Anuhya Korrapati is the founder of BeyondBlood (An organization that initiated an inclusive menstrual-mental health movement to spotlight PMDD and PME). She also sits as a member of the Steering Committee at Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation, Nepal and as a joint secretary at Indian Health Economics and Policy Association. As a Policy Fellow at YLAC, she was part of a four-member team that drafted the Menstruation Benefit Bill 2018 for the office of Mr. Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and created an advocacy campaign for menstrual leave.

Her published work focused on menstruation, mental health, medical tourism, gender equity, and financial inclusion. During her time at the University of York, she has fostered her academic interests in heterodox perspectives, feminist economics, class-caste-gender intersectionality in health, the economics of disability, feminist and qualitative methodologies.

She received her MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a recipient of the Postgraduate York Gold Award 2019. She had a brief stint at the Centre for Health Economics, York before moving back to India.

Period Hub is proud to have Anuhya on board as an advisor. We look forward to her expertise on Menstruation and Mental Health and be the guiding force for us as well as our customers.