Fifteen-year-old Belinda misses school every time she is going through her menstrual cycle. Apart from the dysmenorrhea (also known as painful periods, menstrual cramps), her grandmother cannot afford to buy sanitary wear for her. So she was trained to improvise and use old cotton cloths. And that is not a very pretty thing to do. Never mind that it is dehumanising. Ever since she started her menstrual cycles, the struggle has been real. Apart from the lack of understanding the changes her body is going through, she has had to miss school for five days every month due to dysmenorrhea and lack of sanitary wear. Her cycle lasts for almost seven days, and for those days she uses cloths that she has to wash. Due to her heavy flow, she sometimes messes her uniform hence cannot take chances to go to school.
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