First things first: Menstruation is a natural bodily function not a disease as many of us still believe. It is a process that prepares the female body for pregnancy every month. During a menstrual period blood and other materials from a woman s uterine lining are discharged through the vagina. The process which continues for 3-5 days every month starts at puberty (10-15 years) and ends at menopause (40-50 years). However this natural physical function is surrounded by a lot of stigmas and taboos. Women are almost made to feel ashamed and apologetic of their period another name for menstruation.