A brief history of menstruation

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Karidia Karaboue


Menstruation, blood, women


The most demonised of all biological events is linked to blood and is that of menstruation. Menstruation can be perceived as an alienating experience, a loss of control over one's body, and an act of internal self-sabotage with harmful consequences. However, it is also a phenomenon influenced by cultural, economic, medical and political factors. Caught between science and politics, beliefs and medicine, and despite its affecting millions of women worldwide every month, it remains taboo.

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