Knowledge and Practice of Menstrual Regulation. An Assessment among the Underprivileged People in Bangladesh

Menstruation is seen as both a purifying and polluting event in many cultures, including Bangladesh. While seemingly contradictory, this way of thinking has actually two manifestations of the same concept. Menstruation is valued as a means of regularly flushing “bad blood” from a woman’s body, cleaning the woman, and signifying that she is fertile. Once out of the body, however, menstrual fluids are believed to pollute anything they contract. To limit menstrual pollution, the general movements, religious and household activities of menstruating women have been severely restricted by social proscription1. The present study report is an attempt to assess the menstrual regulation (MR) services for marginalized and underprivileged people in Bogra and Rajshahi Districts in Bangladesh.