There is a culture of not asking questions about women’s health in many families. How can men actively change that, and be better allies and caregivers?
Thank you for asking this important question. Men have to be an integral part of female healthcare, because women’s health is intrinsically linked to quality of life and quality of care. Here are some main things you can do:
- Talk to your partner and other women in your life. Listen closely not just to their experience with pain. But also how many women’s lives are unconsciously designed around experiences like menstruation, pregnancy, motherhood & menopause. Clothing, workplaces, travel, career choices- many things are impacted by health-related issues. There is an urgent need to understand that these are facts. Listen to them and don’t think of it as self-victimization.
- Advocate for “Period Inclusion” at your workplace. Period Inclusion is a concept much wider than “menstrual leave”. Read our short e-book on how workplaces can co-operate and why they must–
- Be willing to learn and unlearn. Try to read and understand more about common yet stigmatised experiences, like PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, PMS/PMDD, miscarriage, postpartum depression etc. Here are a few short videos to get you started:
- Understand that sexual and reproductive health is a right, not a luxury.
- Invest in understanding and prioritising female pleasure. Start with these two quick resources–
We wish you the best for this very important, and emotionally fulfilling journey!
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