"It is a widespread but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation. According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute regular pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark" - www.projectdignity.org.za
Holy Cross Social Responsibility Campaign:
The Holy Cross Social Responsibility team have embarked on collecting sanitary towels for school girls, young women in the parish and the community who are unable to afford this essential necessity. We frequently donate Sanitary Towels to school girls from the Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School, next door to us. We solely rely on the frequent donations of parishioners and their families.
Your Menstrual Cycle
Wondering what the menstrual cycle is, and what it means for you and your body? Understanding your menstrual cycle can improve your menstrual health, well-being, and sex life.
When your body hits puberty, things start to change. But the exact moment puberty starts varies from person to person. It can start as early as 10 or as late as 16 – all is normal. During puberty, your body starts to produce a new set of hormones. These hormones will send out signals to your body, and some of them will tell your body to start to prepare for pregnancy every month.
The menstrual cycle is a series of natural processes that your body goes through. During your period cycle, your hormone levels rise and fall, depending on which stage of your menstrual cycle you are in. These hormones can also affect your mood and level of energy.
The length of a menstrual cycle can vary from 23 days to 35 days. All bodies are different, so the length of your own menstrual cycle may be shorter or longer and not all menstrual cycles are regular.