Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) is unacceptable
It affects a girl’s social and cultural life, impacts her emotional well being, lifestyle and most importantly health.
Dysmenorrhea makes 68% girls miss school every monthSource: Konapur KS, Nagraj C. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2014; 3: 1225-1228.
Knowing about dysmenorrhea (painful periods) - related symptoms will help girls seek treatment and improve their school attendance.
60% girls reported inability to participate in sports due to dysmenorrheaSource: Konapur KS, Nagraj C. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2014; 3: 1225-1228.
Treating dysmenorrhea (painful periods) will help girls improve their participation and even performance in sports.
77% girls reported inability to carry out household activities due to dysmenorrheaSource: Konapur KS, Nagraj C. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2014; 3: 1225-1228.
Raising dysmenorrhea (painful periods) awareness will help improve their physical and emotional well-being.
As many as 50% of women may be absent at their workplace due to dysmenorrheaSource: Proctor M, Farquhar C. BMJ. 2006; 332: 1134-8.
Absenteeism due to dysmenorrhea (painful periods) affects a woman’s productivity and subsequently her career growth.
Dysmenorrhea is not just a girl’s problem!
It has a economic and social impact on the society and the nation.
When an adolescent girl’s education is compromised due to dysmenorrhea (painful periods), it impacts the society and the whole nation. When a girl receives education, she marries later, has fewer, healthier children and is less likely to experience sexual violence. A woman’s future earnings grow with every extra year of primary education.
With every 1% increase in the proportion of women with secondary education, a country’s annual per
capital income grows by 0.3%. Closing the unemployment gap between adolescent girls and boys would result in up to
1.2% increase in GDP in a year.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/30/costly-periods-economic-impact-of-menstrual-shame. Accessed on 24/10/2018.
Dysmenorrhea also extends to families, communities & schools
In many cases, a girl’s efforts to tackle dysmenorrhea (painful periods) is negated by the most important people in her life.
“Why do mothers tell their daughters to bear period pain?”
“Why fathers don’t discuss period pain with daughters?”
“How teachers can help bust period pain myths?”
“The periods conversation with my best friend.”