Kali to Kusum

Start time August 19, 2017 11:00
Finished Time January 25, 2020 13:00
Address S.K. Somaiya college, Vidyavihar.

The female physiology is such that it greatly depends on the secretion of various hormones for proper
functioning. A young girl enters into womanhood through a process known as the menses or menstrual
cycle. The menstrual cycle is a result of the secretion and fluctuation in the levels of the various
hormones secreted by the female body, in order, to prepare the woman for the most cherished and
important phases of her life i.e. motherhood. Thus, the menstrual cycle is an important phenomenon in
every female’s life. A healthy hormonal co-ordination leads to a healthy menstrual cycle which ultimately ensures a healthy
pregnancy. Oligomenorrhoea (irregular menses) and dysmenorrhoea (painful menses) are common
complaints among teenage girls nowadays. Also, the numbers of PCOD patients are on a rise. What are
the factors that affect this cycle in such a crucial manner? Can these problems be cured? Also this crucial
phenomenon is clouded with many controversies. While some claim that practices such as abstaining
from religious rituals, cooking and bathing during periods are mere taboos, others consider them to be a
matter of piety and sin. Are these practices mere superstitions or is there a scientific reason behind


Dr. Karishma Narwani

Director of Garbhavigyan Anusandhan Kendra and Chief Physician at
Prabhaben Arogya Kendra, Jamnaga