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Sunita Sahu
An empowered & energetic content writer with 2 parts blogger related to women empowerment & inspirations. An admirer of life & nature lover Gold medalist with masters degree in obstetrics & A member of society of midwives. Actively participates in research activities concerned to gynecological conditions. Recently working as an Assistant Professor in a reputed Nursing College, Bhopal, M.P
I remember quite well, the Digit-14; When My Genetics Interacted with the Environmental 
Factors! I was studying in a Co-education School. Lots of Friends around! For the First time, my 
Bestie remained absent for many days. When she was back to school, I was extremely 
inquisitive to know the Reason, but She was glum and replied rather hesitatingly “I got M! and 
chose to remain silent about it  
                  “Now! What’s ‘M’?

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation. 
~James E. Faust 
Back from school hopping onto my Mother’s lap I asked “Mama what’s ‘M’?”I still remember 
the Smile on her Face to My Question; the Real Matter of Concern for me. She promptly replied 
It‘s MENSTRUATION.” And there started my journey from girlhood to womanhood! 
She then Sat beside me, Explained the Reasons behind my frequent Acne outbreaks, unusual 
Temper Tantrums, Progressive Increase of Breasts, Growth of Axillary & Pubic Hairs & Secretory 
Vaginal mucosa-(Normal Physiologic Process supposed to happen at that Age)
She made told me Periods was a part of My Milestone that is going to add glow to my Beauty 
Forever. She Instructed Me; Never to Hesitate in Speaking about ‘It’ In-front of Anyone. Gave 
Me Courage to Fight with that moment when I find my cloths with Blood Stains. 
I clearly remember when she handed over a Sanitary Pad & Demonstrated well on a Pant-How 
to Wear it and then asked me to keep it in My School Bag. She Advised me about the 
importance of menstrual hygiene and that I should explain the same my friends 
No Wonder! My Growth Hormone was Playing Well for My Pubertal Development
Few days later, My Neuronal Networks got Complexed & then ‘THE DAWN’🥰 
Despite the detailed orientation, I used to face; Strange Fears, Shame, Confusions & Loss of 
Self-esteem during My Periods due to lack of Social Support & Impact of Taboos!
Then! 
My Father started talking to me about general issues concerning women workplace safety, 
economic empowerment of women, domestic violence, societal obligations of women etc, this 
encouraged Me to Face Challenges resulting from Social Stigma during my periods! 
My Brother would walk me to the medical store to buy Sanitary Pads and this really helped me 
gain sense of empowerment & Gender Equality. Menstruation had changed nothing! I was no 
less than boys of my age. 
I was Never Restricted to Wear Short dresses/Trousers & Never Banned from Socializing with 
Friends. I was always Allowed to Touch Food Items or Sleep on Beds & Sit with my family.  
Daddy’s Little Girl ,never Compromised in maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Always Undifferentiated! 
As a result, I was Never Deprived of Quality Education & Eventually I learned to Manage ‘It’ with 
Dignity & with No Fear
“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” 
~Lee Iacocca 
Economy of The Country; Girls Too Contribute! Menstrual Taboos, Lack of Adequate Guidance & Emotional Support creates Silence in Young 
Girls; which will Continue into Adulthood, thereby Giving Way to Gender Inequality & Dis-empowerment 

Time to Change Our Attitude; Time to Accept menstruation within family! 

 

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 is a Junior Research Fellow at IIHMR, Jaipur who 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.