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Dr. Saumya Goyal
Dr. Saumya Goyal is a mental health evangelist who focuses on the importance of emotional wellness across generations and genders. She has been in various corporate roles and eventually founded WEQIP™ with an aim to spread awareness and remove stigma around mental health to help individuals embrace emotional wellness efficiently. She holds a PhD in psychology and is a gold medalist with dual master’s degree in management and psychology, post her bachelor’s in engineering. She has published her work in leading national and international journals and regularly writes articles, blogs and poems on women’s issues, parenting and emotional health. Dr. Saumya can be reached at saumya@weqip.com

Mental Health and Menstruation have existed since ages but has been overlooked. In country like 

India, our preoccupation with various superstitions, taboos and stigmas associated with periods; and 

with discussions only revolving around the associated physical discomfort; the topic of mental health 

during periods is more often than not, ignored.  

Mental health and Menstruation are the two areas which are in dire need of urgent attention especially when these two come together in a sentence!  

There are several factors which can affect one’s mental health and mood during the menstrual cycle-

A large role is played by our Genetic Predispositions which effect the physical aspects such as the 

menstrual flow and the associated pain. Research has found out that our genes also impact the 

onset of menstruation (as well as menopause). Genetics also impact our personalities to a certain 

extent. Hence, our outlook towards the menstrual cycle gets influenced by our genes.  

Social factors such as one’s financial situation, religious and cultural values and family support also 

affect mental health during menstruation. This often comes as a double whammy because in various 

societies mental health and menstruation are both stigmatized! Lack of support by partners and 

family makes mental wellness during periods an area which nobody even wants to talk about.  

When hormones play their tunes! 

Women often feel like a slave to their Hormones  and they often are. This becomes more prominent 

because of the hormonal fluctuations during our cycle. While the middle of the cycle brings about 

feeling of increased general well-being, as we get closer to our periods anger and anxiety take 

center stage. This is because fluctuations in hormones impact brain chemicals called 

neurotransmitters.  

Two of the most common we are aware of are serotonin and dopamine. Both these hormones are 

more popularly known as the happiness hormones. While serotonin regulates mood, anxiety and 

happiness, dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure and focus on things. And low levels of 

these two hormones result in not just food cravings but also unhappiness, anxiety and overall 

irritability.  

 

Stepping up Self-Care 

Diet and exercise can play a major role in rebalancing our mood during our cycle. While the 

menstrual phase calls for limiting fatty food and alcohol along with light movements for exercise; 

ovulation phase can easily accommodate high intensity workouts with whole fruits and vegetables. 

 It is a no-brainer that overly fatty foods, lots of dairy, excess salt, red meat and alcohol should be 

limited during the entire cycle. Yoga is a great way to not just balance our hormones but to stay 

active during the entire menstrual cycle.  

Unfortunately, someone suffering from existing mental health conditions, especially depression, 

suffers even more during the periods with frequent mood swings and enhanced melancholy. It is 

also found that one impacts the other  mental health issues can cause menstruation related 

disorders and vice-versa. Hence, managing both with some simple yet effecting strategies is the way 

forward. Here’s how one can go about it: 

 

Exercise regularly, even if it is mild 

Limit alcohol, caffeine and sweets  

Choose food which is rich in fibre and protein 

Learn to read and predict your emotional reactions to various stimuli 

Manage your stress levels and learn healthy coping mechanism   

Regulate your sleep patterns  

Have a strong network of women you trust, and lastly 

Do not be afraid to seek professional help  from a therapist and/ or a gynaecologist  

While 100% of the world’s population has ‘mental health’, out of this, close to 50 percent also 

‘menstruate’ or get periods  that is the women. Not surprisingly then, the link between mental 

health and periods is of great importance. Efforts to destigmatize and normalize mental health and 

menstruation is needed to save women from the greater risk of poor health. 

 

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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.