Social media posts shed light on the plights of countless women in Gaza, compelled to resort to menstruation-delaying pills and makeshift alternatives due to the unavailability of menstrual hygiene products.
As the Israel-Hamas war continues to intensify, social media platforms are abuzz with claims and counter-claims about the politics and people affected by the conflict. Issues, such as lack of menstrual hygiene and unsanitary conditions, that seldom find a voice on public platforms are being raised.
Social media posts shed light on the plights of countless women in Gaza who are compelled to resort to menstruation-delaying pills amidst the unrelenting war. Due to the unavailability of menstrual hygiene products, most women are using makeshift alternatives like rags, tent fabric, and pieces of clothing.
This not only poses immediate challenges, but also raises serious concerns about the long-term health consequences for women in the region. As per research findings, women using reusable absorbent pads displayed a greater likelihood of manifesting symptoms linked to urogenital diseases as compared to those using disposable pads. While the choice of pad is significant, other factors concerning privacy and comfort in menstrual hygiene management also play a crucial role.
Unhygienic menstrual practices increase the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), which can escalate into kidney infection, posing a severe threat to life. Prolonged instances of UTIs may result in the development of chronic and painful bladder syndrome, accentuating discomfort, especially in the absence of sufficient water intake. Additionally, it may cause bacterial vaginosis, an infection of the vagina, that can lead to several adverse health outcomes, including infertility.
Not to forget the psychosocial impact of inadequate menstrual hygiene management. The commonly associated embarrassment, shame, and anxiety, can create a vicious cycle of physical and emotional distress, adversely affecting women’s mental health.
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