Everteen’s 8th Annual Menstrual Hygiene Survey 2023 provides a wealth of data that reveals critical aspects of women’s menstrual health in India. Nearly 10,000 women from various Indian cities participated in this comprehensive survey.
The survey found that a large number of women suffer from severe menstrual cramps, with 63.6% reporting moderate to severe pain. Furthermore, menstrual discomfort is so severe for some that it affects their sleep, with over 50% of women being unable to sleep well during the first two days of their periods.
Another major issue revealed in the survey is irregular periods. It was found that 69.3% of women have experienced irregular periods at some point in their menstruating life. However, nearly 60% of those affected did not consult a doctor. This points towards a lack of awareness or hesitation in seeking medical help for menstrual issues.
A significant concern highlighted in the survey is the prevalence and lack of understanding of white discharge. One in four women (25.8%) still does not know how to manage white discharge, even though 83.4% of women have experienced it at some point. This emphasizes the urgent need for increased education and medical guidance regarding menstrual and reproductive health issues.
The survey thus presents a clear call to action for healthcare providers to enhance efforts towards women’s menstrual health, starting from increasing awareness about menstrual health issues to providing accessible and effective treatment options.