Myths and Menstruation: Overcoming Pakistan’s Period Taboo

September 16, 2019

(Medical Xpress) – Traditionally women have used rags and cloth to soak up their menstrual blood, but the stigma around periods and a lack of reproductive education means hygiene standards are poor and many contracted infections.  As with other areas of rural Pakistan, menstruating women were viewed as unclean and limited in what they were able to do. Bibi was given training to make the disposable sanitary pads, made of cotton, plastic, and cloth, by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP)—an NGO working with Unicef—in a scheme that aims to change attitudes to women’s health.