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International Women’s Day 2020

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On the 8thof March we will celebrate International Women’s Day to create awareness of girl’s and women’s rights. The global theme of this year’s celebration is#Each for Equal, and AAYMCA is celebrating this by creating awareness of Endometriosis and other menstrual disorders. 

For some girls and women their menstruation comes with little discomfort and inconvenience. Though for others, it can have major impact on their daily life. These will often suffer from what is called menstrual disorders which are different irregularities in relation to their menstruation. The most common menstrual disorders that girls and women suffer from are:

  • Endometriosis– When tissue, similar to that inside the uterus grows on other organs. Some of the symptoms are painful periods, infertility and pain during or after sex. 
  • Menorrhagia-When a woman has abnormal heavy or prolonged bleeding. Some of the causes for this is miscarriage, hormonal imbalance and infections. 
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)– Physical or mental discomfort before or during menstruation. Some of the symptoms are depression, bloating and change in appetite.
  • Amenorrhea – When the menstrual bleeding is absent for more than 3 monthly menstrual cycles. Some of the causes can be eating disorder, pregnancy or ovulation abnormality. 
  • Dysmenorrhea – This is also known as menstrual cramps and pain during the menstruation. Is caused by contractions in the uterus, and can be either primary or secondary dysmenorrhea. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by other disorders in the reproductive organs, most often by Endometriosis. 

In relation to the upcoming International Women’s Day, we need to talk about Endometriosis and other menstrual disorders because they are barriers to gender equality. Girls and women who suffer from these conditions are more likely to miss days of education and work because of the discomfort and stigma around these conditions. 

The key to fighting the stigma is knowledge about the disorders. People need to start talking about this topic and share information with each other. The government needs to include menstrual disorders in the school curriculum to enhance the knowledge and help girls and women understand what might be happening in their bodies. Lastly, boys and men also needs to be educated on this to break the stigma and increase gender equality. 

Want to come and celebrate International Women’s Day with us?

Join our event and help create awareness on Endometriosis and other menstrual disorders. The event is open to all genders. It is on the 7thof March at Central Branch YMCA at 2 pm – 5 pm. 

Written by Kristin Eliassen, SRHR and Youth Advisor 

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