Sometimes I feel I am fighting against my childhood beliefs. I was told, certain words are forbidden, certain phrases are frowned upon and certain topics are discussed only inside four walls. But the 21st Century woman in me, who starts her day with Facebook updates, doesn't agree. I was hushed on many occasions as a child, given signals to keep mum as a teenager; I admit, even I refrained from speaking on numerous counts, but not now…
…now, I know we can snub a voice, we can hush a tone, we can do everything but erase it completely. And if the matter still exists, it's worth a conversation. So, let's talk!
Almost all the prohibited topics are centered around women and the worst part is, women pays the price every time. Being unaware is no excuse when it comes to health issues. Thus, it becomes imperative to speak out and clear the clouds that engulf our thoughts. Most of us don't know what all problems a woman face...not even the woman herself. In fact, we are not even sure what exactly intimate health issues mean.
We always narrow down to Menstruation when we think of intimate health issues, but, it is just a start. There is a huge list of problems beyond that. Have you ever heard of these terms - Chlamydia, Thrush, Bacterial Vaginosis, PID, Cystitis or Trichomoniasis? NO!!! No wonder, even I was not familiar with these terms till I heard about the contest on blogadda. To my surprise, these problems are faced by many women. And almost everybody live with them, not because they don't want a cure or treatment but they simply don't know what exactly they suffer from. Since we don't discuss such issues, we overlook them, thinking they are not something big. But if not treated or are ignored, few can turn rather serious. Also it's definitely hampering our healthy existence.
Majority of these are bacterial infections which require nothing more than proper care, hygiene and medication. Mind you, some of these problems occur whether you are sexually active or not and you all will be little shocked to know that some are faced by men too. When most of these problems are infections, which can be diagnosed by a simple test and cured by medicine, why are we ashamed of discussing them, why we whisper about them? We have to face them!
Remember how we were told to bring a glass of water when a certain TV commercial was aired. It doesn't happen now to that an extent. Our society has accepted that the younger generation equipped with Google will find everything. Information is available at the click of a button but first we have to type the right words. For those who don't know the proper words, talking to family and friends and to the doctor will definitely help. Don't hide the issues under the sheets of shame!
How To Spread Awareness and Encourage People To Talk
Intimate health issues should be included in school textbooks. If we can include sex education, why not this?
Telling your family and friends that it is a health issue which can be resolved by medication or hygiene and is nothing to be ashamed of.
Advertisement by health ministry on TV, like that of contraceptives.
Posters in hospitals and clinics to guide the public.
Being loud and clear is not that easy, specially when your voice can raise few eyebrows. Always remember those who question it are simply unaware. When I started to write this article, even I was living with some myths. Now, I know few things which I have written publicly on my blog. If I can talk about it here, you can surely talk about it without any hesitation. After all, it's all about maintaining good health…
*This post is a part of the weekend blogging contest at BlogAdda.com in association with 18again.com.