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Gunjan Kapoor
Gunjan has a Masters Diploma in Business Administration. She has more than a decade of experience in dealing with clients in Banking and Commercial sector. Currently a Trainer by profession and writer by passion, she is also a volunteer for “Teach for Change” Program helping young kids learn life skills and English. She blogs regularly on several online platforms and runs her personal site at http://beyondstories.in/
I grew up in a joint family. We are three sisters and I am the middle one. I do remember in 
Grade seven, having a session in our all-girls school where a video was played explaining 
what menstruation is all about. Learning about periods is a difficult subject for children that 
age. I think all females will agree that you do not really understand what it means unless you 
have your first period.  
  
Next year we shifted residence and I moved to a Co-Educational School. It was a year of 
adjustment for me. One day a girl had her first period in the school and stained her uniform. 
While she was embarrassed to the core, the boys were all giggles. Ito be honest, I was 
scared and prayed this should never happen to me. Thankfully for me, I was at home when I 
got it for the first time and had my elder sister around to comfort me emotionally as my 
mother did not have any friendly conversation with me regarding this topic. 
  
I also remember once my paternal aunt and her kids had come to stay with us during 
summer vacations. Her son is one year younger to me. He saw me going to the rest room 
with a sanitary pad wrapped in newspaper and said “I know what it is, my mother keeps it at 
home and I have seen the ad in Television too”. I felt like a culprit caught red handed and did 
not know what to say. 
  
I just wish how in both the situations the behavior of the opposite gender could have been 
different and better. 
  
I am now a mother to two boys in their tweens and do try to raise them without any gender 
bias. I try to be mindful while assigning the household chores to my boys. They do support 
me as much any girl in the traditional household were expected to do. They know it is okay 
to cry when not feeling alright and being a boy does not change that. The rules are quite 
clear in our home. These things may seem small but go a long way in having kids who grow 
up without any gender biases or stereotypes. 
  
Should we talk to boys about periods? 
  
Half the population has periods, so why not make sure the half that doesn’t is also 
adequately informed. Times have changed now and so has the parenting style. Parents are 
now more open and friendly while having conversation with their children. I feel my elder son 
would be ready in a couple of months to hear about menstruation from his parents, and we 
would want to be honest with him. As it could be an awkward topic to discuss I would want 
to be prepared ahead of time for that. My idea of wanting to explain it to my kids would be to 
ensure that they grow up to be allies and empathizers.  
  
Conversation about this topic at home would help children create healthier relationships with 
their female counterparts. Until we change attitudes, the conversation surrounding 
menstruation will continue to be hush-hush. 
  
Understanding menstruation can help boys be more compassionate brothers, sons, boyfriends, and fathers or to simply put it- better human beings. There are changes in the 
female body during periods beyond cramps and the opposite sex can be made sensitive to 
that. 
  
The more boys understand the experience the opposite sex goes through during 
menstruation, the more we can help erase the stigma, shame or even teasing that has been 
associated with periods.  
  
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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 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.