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Why Involving Men in Menstruation is The Need of The Hour



It is always recommended to maintain hygiene; A menstrual product should be changed at least three to four times a day. However, in rural areas, women change it twice, one at dusk and the other at dawn, in the dark, so that no one can see what is directly threatening health. In rural schools, young girls drop out of school due to a lack of infrastructure. Most construction sites where women work with men have such great menstrual difficulties due to the lack of good toilet facilities. Then in stores or malls we find women hiding menstrual hygiene products so men cannot see them and when someone sees them they are so embarrassed. It reflects a lack of awareness and prioritization of women’s need for safe, private and enclosed spaces with appropriate water and sanitation facilities. When men in the community are made aware of women’s need for safe and private spaces with all facilities, the scenario must be very different. Also Read – World Blood Cancer Day: Everything You Need To Know About This Deadly Cancer And Tips To Minimize The Risk Video

One of the main reasons menstrual hygiene is neglected is because of gender inequality. The unequal distribution of power between men and women has resulted in the voices of women and girls being suppressed and not heard when making decisions in households, communities and development programs. Recently, the UNFPA Flagship 2021 Report on the State of the World Population, entitled “My body is my own” was published. For the first time, the United Nations report focused on physical autonomy. In the report, “Physical Autonomy” was cited as the power to make decisions about your body without fear of violence or allowing someone else to make decisions for you. Almost half of women in 57 developing countries do not have the right to make choices about their own bodies, including contraception, seeking health services, or even about their sexuality. In a few countries where data are published, only 55% of women are completely free to make decisions about healthcare and related services, birth control and the freedom to say yes or no to sex. According to NFHS-4 (2015-2016), only about 12% of currently married women (18-49 years old) make independent decisions about their own bodies and health services. For a quarter of women (23%), it is the spouse who primarily makes health care decisions. Hence, these data suggest that men are the decision makers and women need advice from men with their health or other issues. While working in the field of sustainable menstrual hygiene and interacting with both urban and rural women, I found many instances where women were oppressed and not allowed to make decisions or talk about their problems. Also Read – 5 Superfoods For Those Struggling With Thyroid Weight Gain

And these boundaries and male supremacy have led to cultural taboos, stigma and shame about menstruation, including the belief that menstrual blood and the menstruation of women themselves are impure. During menstruation, women and girls are excluded from the use of water and sanitation in rural areas, cannot fully participate in social, educational, productive and religious activities, and in some cultures are even excluded from their homes. Therefore, in order to address both the practical and strategic needs of women in terms of menstruation and menstrual hygiene management, comprehensive programs targeting women and girls and men and boys are needed. Also Read – Black Fungus Declared Epidemic In Delhi – What Does It Mean?

School girls in rural areas face many challenges during their menstrual cycle when attending school. They will be deprived of adequate plumbing and sanitation, menstrual hygiene materials, full information, and supportive staff and colleagues. These needs are primarily aimed at students and teachers who do not offer a complete solution. One of the biggest challenges girls face in school regarding menstruation is the fear of being teased by boys, which affects their self-esteem. Physical and verbal bullying is one of the main complaints faced by girls in schools. One of the main causes of this problem is that no one wants to talk to the boys about menstruation and they feel shy when they talk to their mothers or sisters or their fathers about menstrual problems. In addition, the boys’ parents do not want them to spend their study time on topics that are not important for their future.

Therefore, boys and male teachers in schools need to be informed and should be confident about menstruation, menstrual hygiene management and menstrual products so that they can support female students and create a less stigmatizing environment in the school. This is also very important as there are fewer female teachers in secondary schools.

How can we include men in menstruation?

Gender equality requires a partnership between men and women that cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys. So we need to involve as many men as possible. Men, as brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, and teachers, play important roles in the conversation about menstruation. Men and boys may find it awkward to talk about menstruation and menstrual hygiene first, as menstruation is believed to be a purely and purely personal affair of women. But once men have a good understanding and awareness of menstrual and menstrual hygiene practices, they become empowered to act. The measures could consist in advocating for clean and private toilets, creating role models or creating a positive temporal environment among the students, conveying care and empathy instead of showing disgust and shame, or even sewing upholstery for the women. The decision-making power for health issues should also be given to the women themselves.

Through training, men learned the importance of breaking various taboos about menstruation. along with learning the importance of ensuring adequate sanitation and menstrual hygiene products in the school, home, and workplace to manage periods. Both men and women have a keen interest in learning about menstruation, but they are usually shy when discussing it. So it can be helpful to train them together in one place with trust-building and friendly conversations. Men and boys can easily support women and girls as they deal with menstruation in areas such as home, community, school, and work, as they influence the experiences of women and girls and the way they deal with menstrual health management through many roles , including father, husband, boyfriend, brother, student, peer, teacher, community leader, employer, and policy maker.

– From Surbhi Kumari

(Surbhi Kumari is a journalist. She worked as an editor at India TV. She is currently working with SumArth and leading a project on sustainable menstrual hygiene in the Naxal affected areas of the Gaya district in Bihar.)

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Greg Murphy urging Kiwi men to get regular health checks



Long-time Men’s Health Week ambassador Greg Murphy is calling on New Zealand men to get involved in the run-up to this year’s campaign from May 14-20. The Kiwi motorsport icon is also in the spotlight this week after announcing he is retiring to compete in this year’s Bathurst 1000.

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He said there needs to be a change in the culture of how men look after their health, including the time for regular medical exams.

Men are often bad patients, Murphy said.

“Women take care of themselves much better.

“We have the thing that we’re too steadfast to see a doctor or it’s not what we do, it’s not hard enough or whatever.”

Every year 365 New Zealanders die of melanoma, 60 percent of them are men.

“There are so many scenarios or cases where death is avoidable because of the types of melanoma and also because of the prostate.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New Zealand, with more than 650 deaths per year as of 2018, according to the Department of Health.

“A lot of these things can be diagnosed, and so many things can be done today to prevent part of this loss that is simply unnecessary,” Murphy said.

“Men should develop a relationship with their doctor and get these tests done.”

Too often, men wait years between regular doctor visits, and the Men’s Health Week website offers tips on keeping a regular schedule.

During his motorsport career, Murphy said he had to undergo annual medical exams, which helped realize the importance of a health routine.

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Greg Murphy
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“We have to get into this routine and find the time to make sure we’re doing really simple things, and just get past some of the way we think, this culture that may kill us.

“Every year you write down your calendar and just do it, no matter what you feel, because there are a lot of hidden killers out there that fester and you may feel good, but by the time it actually shows up, it’s too late.

“Men are 20 percent more likely to die of heart disease or diabetes than women,” Murphy said. “We have to take that into account and see what we’re doing wrong.

“If it can be prevented, why not?”

Murphy likened regular health checks to maintaining your car’s fitness guarantee.

“We’re very happy to have our cars serviced or checked and pay for them and do the right thing, but when it comes to going to your doctor what is the stigma behind that that keeps us from doing it?”

Murphy also recommended the What’s Your Score health survey tool on the Health Week website as a great way for men to check where they are.

“The reason I wanted to become a Men’s Health Ambassador is to push this forward and make sure we all change our attitudes because some of the reasons are really a bit pathetic these days.”

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‘We’ve all had too much time in our heads over the last while’



PJ Gallagher is supporting Men’s Health Week starting June 14th by calling on men across Ireland to make their health a priority in life.

“Traditionally, we’ve been pretty bad at taking care of our own health. About 41% of men get health problems and do nothing about them, or like me, they will save their problems to eventually go to their GP with all of them. We don’t seem to take our problems seriously, ”he says. “I think if you tell a man to take care of his health, he’ll go to the gym or drink less, but you have to act when you are not feeling well.”

The comedian and actor has teamed up with Lloyds Pharmacy to promote the free men’s health check, available at all Llyods locations.

“Mood problems, skin diseases, erectile dysfunction – whatever it is, just go in. It won’t cost you anything. Whatever the problem, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Those ten seconds of what you think are embarrassing are worth it for peace of mind, ”says the 46-year-old.

“Especially when it comes to mental health. We’ve all had too much time on our heads lately. A lot of people don’t know where to go, but there are trained people in pharmacies who can point you in the right direction and that’s good to know. “

What shape are you in

I was fine in training, but for the past six months I’ve dropped it. I think the pandemic has finally started winning. But I’m still reasonably fit. I cycle a lot and have booked a gym now that they have reopened.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I am very familiar with routine. I’m the type of person who can eat the same thing for days and not get bored, a bit like a dog. I now also cook everything I never did in my life before March last year, and I love it.

What are your most guilty joys?

If I ever splurge, it would be at breakfast. I have no problem having two sausage rolls and a chocolate bar from Dairy Milk for breakfast on Sundays.

What would keep you up at night?

I am worried about everything. Everything can be perfectly fine and I will still go to bed wondering when it will fall apart. Anything from the bohemians losing a cup game to the pandemic would keep me awake.

How do you relax?

Motorcycling. It is as close as possible to meditation.

Who are your athletic heroes?

Eric Cantona and Valentino Rossi. I love these great attitudes that they have. They are the type of people who have the ability to go to any place as if it is theirs.

What is your favorite smell?

The Manhattan popcorn factory in Finglas.

When was the last time you cried?

When my mom got her vaccine. It was a very emotional day because she is 83 and has not been able to see her grandchildren for so long. Everyone in the family broke down when she finally got it. Before that, Dublin won the All Ireland for the last time.

What qualities do you dislike least in others?

I hate people who don’t tell you things directly. Just tell me what you think i’m fine

What are your least favorite traits in yourself?

I would like a little more confidence. I also always worry about letting people down and that tarnishes too many things.

Do you pray?

I don’t know who I’m praying to or what I’m praying for, but I do it every day.

What would brighten up your day?

I can’t wait to get myself a sneaky pint. It’s so easy to just sit at a bar and have a pint on your own. I always feel like I’m cheating on the world when I do.

Which quote inspires you the most and why?

“Critics don’t count.” It was one thing that kept going on my mind when I got up.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Dalymount Park. The excitement rises for the next Friday night with those lights, the people singing and the team watching the team go onto the field. I get emotional when I think about it.

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New Study Claims It’s Not Healthy to Be ‘Fit but Fat’



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A new study found that people best defined as “fit but fat” are at increased risk of obese health problems.

Fit but fat is a slang term for metabolically healthy obesity (MHO). People categorized as MHO have a body mass index of 30 or higher, but no systemic inflammation, problematic blood lipids, or insulin problems that are common with obesity.

A study by researchers at the University of Glasgow found that compared to metabolically healthy people who are not medically obese, people with MHO are 4.3 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes, 18% more likely to have heart attacks or strokes and, incredibly, their risk of heart failure is increased by 76%.

“People with metabolically healthy obesity were at a significantly higher risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke, heart failure, respiratory disease and all-cause mortality compared to non-obese people with a healthy metabolic profile,” said Dr. Frederick Ho. Research Associate in Public Health at the University of Glasgow.

For the study, the researchers monitored 381,363 people who fell into one of four categories: metabolically healthy overweight (MHO), metabolically unhealthy overweight (MUO), metabolically healthy non-obesity (MHN), or metabolically unhealthy non-obesity (MUN).

It found that MHO individuals were generally younger, watched less television, exercised more, had a higher level of education, a lower deprivation index, higher consumption of red and processed meat, and were less male and not white than participants who were metabolically unhealthy obese.

Even so, if they are metabolically unhealthy, they are at greater risk of suffering from various obesity problems.

“In general, cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes rates were highest in MUO, followed by MUN and MHO, with the exception of heart failure and fatal heart failure and respiratory disease. For these results, people with MHO had higher rates than those with MUN, “said Ho.

In addition, the researchers also found that of a subset of participants for whom they had metabolism and obesity follow-up data, a third of those with metabolically healthy obesity became metabolically unhealthy within 3 to 5 years at the start of the study .

“People with metabolically healthy obesity are not ‘healthy’ because they are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, heart failure and respiratory disease than people without obesity with a normal metabolic profile,” said Ho.

“Weight management could be beneficial for anyone with obesity, regardless of their metabolic profile. The term “metabolically healthy obesity” should be avoided in clinical medicine as it is misleading and different strategies for defining risk should be explored, “he added.

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Daniel Davies is a writer for Men’s Health UK and has been reporting for various publications on sports science, fitness and culture for the past five years.

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