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For most women, the period before and after menstruation is a dreaded moment as pain and abnormalities take center stage in the cycle.

To contain this, a resource person, speaking on Adom TV’s health show, ‘Nkwa Hia’ hosted by Afia Amankwaah Tamakloe has given tips on how to have a stress-free period.

The nurse from Maamobi General Hospital, Theodora Abakah Aquaah, has encouraged the excessive intake of protein foods and fruits during menstrual flow.

Madam Theodora Abeka Acquah with Afia Amankwa Tamakloe
Madam Theodora Abakah Aquaah with Afia Amankwaah Tamakloe

Giving her reasons, Madam Theodore Abakah Aquaah said proteins like meat, fish, eggs and fruits help control the mood and anxiety of women and enhance free flow of blood.

She said the periods between ovulation and menstruation lead to mood swings which can be averted with the right protein and exercise, hence the need for the intake to be habitual.

Adding her voice, President of Touching The Lives of Girls Foundation International, Nana Ama Adutwumwaa, said menstruation should not be stigmatised since it is a necessity in motherhood and adulthood.

Sharing her experience, she recounted how she felt shy informing anyone, especially her mother when she had her period for fear of stigma and called on the public to regard menstruation with dignity.

The duo made their submissions to commemorate this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day dubbed  ‘Its time for Action’ to urge stakeholders put in place practical measures in curbing challenges related to menstruation.