Naina Jha conducted a workshop on the topic “Puberty and Menstruation” at Guru Gobind Singh School, Paṭna City on 23rd January, 2018 for a group of 80 girls.
She began the workshop by asking them about their teenage years and the experiences they felt in the phase they were growing up in. Since they were hesitant to talk about the physical changes puberty brings about, Naina used an ice breakers to get them more comfortable in sharing their thoughts. Divided into groups, they were asked to note down the bodily changes that occur whilst growing up. They were more willing to discuss within their groups and jot down these changes. When asked about psychological changes they were stumped because they weren’t really conscious of going through psychological changes.
Naina explained the different physiological as well as psychological changes that adolescents go through during puberty. She specifically talked about the behavioural and psychological changes as many parents do not have such conversations with their children leaving them confused when they actually reach puberty.
When asked about periods, one girl said that impurities leave the body through menstruation. Naina asked her whether boys remain impure throughout their life since they do not menstruate which made the girls rethink. Naina explained to them the process of periods and how the reproductive system works. Through Q&A, Naina cleared their doubts and myths about puberty and menstruation with real life examples.