7 PMS Hacks To Remember For Life3 minute
PMS(premenstrual syndrome) affects almost 85% of women who experience periods. It is real and it exists. It has a number of symptoms and is still growing. Around the world, women experience it differently. The most common symptoms include bloating, joint pain, headaches, cramps, junk food cravings, increased anxiety, acne and nausea. It starts 3-4 days before your menses or can begin even a week before your menses. In some (rare) cases, it can also stay throughout the course of your period.
I have witnessed first-hand, that it is hard to endure and sometimes gets real bad. It feels like there is a world war going on in your uterus, so to offer help, I have jotted down a few PMS life hacks for you so that you can handle it all with grace and poise (Or not):
- Keep Moving- Moving yourself is the most effective way to help you with PMS. Take a walk, or just dance in your room, ride a bicycle. You can try some stretching exercises and you can find some yoga postures on YouTube which aim to help eradicate cramps.
- Keep some hand warmers in your pants- If you are just at home then you can try a heating pad around your belly or in the back of your waist area. But if you have to go to school or work, then stick some hand warmers in the waistband of your pants. They work like mini heating pads and help soothe the uterus.
- Let your pets take care of you- if you own a cat or a dog. Then let them curl up on your belly and rest. The vibration and the warmth will help you with cramps and bloating.
- Have some raspberry tea- It not only tastes good but helps you with cramps. It also helps in case of heavy flow. So whenever you feel uncomfortable during your PMS just brew yourself a nice cup of raspberry tea.
- Let orgasms help- Don't shy away from sex because having an orgasm during PMS helps a lot. It helps ease abdominal cramps and keeps your hormones in check. If you don't wish to have sex, you can always masturbate to ease the pain.
- A Hot bath- A hot bath during PMS always does the trick. Treat yourself to a nice bubble bath experience. You can add bath salts as well as chamomile in your bath. Just lie down and let it do the work for you. If water gets cold, make it hot again until the war inside your uterus disappears. This also helps with getting a good night's sleep..
- Eat healthy and find your go to ritual- Eat magnesium rich foods. Find your PMS ritual and stick to it. Like Netflix, food , hot bath or exercise. Because once your body and mind is adjusted then you don't have to keep fighting every month. You can just lay out the same plan every month.
( workout tip- during PMS and periods your breasts become super sensitive. So during exercise if your nipples are bothering you, just place some cotton between your nipples and your bra. Works like magic.)
It is in fact true that PMS is a part of your life and you cannot get rid of it. But if you try these PMS life hacks, you will have an easy and bearable period. If you know any PMS/period life hacks that help you, feel free to let us know in the comment section!
The Bois Locker Room: An Instagram Chat Or A Wake-up Call?3 minute
If you’re not already aware of what this case is all about, a group of young boys in Delhi on a private Instagram chat (screenshots of which were shared around later) called “Bois Locker Room” were seen objectifying, degrading, rating, demeaning young girls, sharing their pictures (some of this girls were only 14-15 years old) and even threatening to rape or kill them in case they got exposed.
Screenshots of this group chat were shared across social media platforms - predominantly Instagram and Twitter, after which the school authorities of these students (the 20+ boys) requested the Delhi police to investigate the incident.
The Delhi police have so far found that some students of leading South Delhi schools created the Instagram group in the last week of March and started adding their friends. “A few members are in college. Some of the teens allegedly started sharing photos posted by schoolgirls on their Instagram accounts, and passing sexually explicit comments,” an officer said, adding that the purported chats also included threats of sexual violence.
DCP Anyesh Roy told The Indian Express, “After we came to know, we registered an FIR under Sections 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and Sections 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and 67A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form) of the IT Act.
The case is still under investigation. But..
All the right things that could’ve gone wrong:
First off, the boys on the group chat threatened some of the girls to rape, kill, and humiliate them if they dared to share any of this information with anyone. But the girls, being well-educated (and smart) enough to know that no such thing could actually take place if a complaint was lodged, went ahead to expose them anyways. But you see, things like this happen EVERY DAY and young girls are often a) either too ignorant to pay attention and brush off these issues as “minor” or b) scared of the empty threats that honestly have no real follow-throughs.
Second, the school authorities specifically requested the police to investigate the incident. Now again, this may not have happened in many other cases. A lot of times, any kind of vulgar behaviour, especially in schools and colleges in India, is looked upon as high risk to the reputations of these institutions so they prefer to sweep it all under a carpet.
And third, social shaming. In cases like these, we bless the speed of the internet. Social media fastens the process of information spreading, and it is necessary for people to acknowledge this pro of social media platforms. But more often than not, a lot of serious issues may be lost under all that is glitter and jolly good, unicorns and rainbows - But this piece of incident DIDN’T. Imagine the number of people that want to have a voice to socially bring shame to their oppressors, but are unsuccessful. At least this one caught the eye - and the punishment of being recognized as a “so and so” in case of this incident will stick with the boys for a lifetime.
Now, the case is under investigation, and a judgment has not yet been made. But it’s clear to the general audience that since some of the girls (whose pictures had been shared on the group chat) were underage, this is child porn. So not only are what these boys doing morally incorrect, but also illegal under IP section 292, 293.
We hope for the best outcomes.
What Is Herd Immunity? Everything You Need To Know2 minute
Picture a herd or community of healthy people. An infectious virus or disease would pass easily through the community from person to person. Vaccines train our immune system to protect us from diseases it hasn’t come in contact with before. For example, the MMR vaccine provides immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. During an outbreak of a disease, vaccinated people will remain healthy. As they won't become infected, they won't pass on the disease. Hence, if most of the community is vaccinated, it makes it difficult for the disease to actually spread to the rest of the community. This is the basis of herd immunity.
If most people in the community are not vaccinated, herd immunity can break down, allowing the disease to spread more easily.
Herd immunity becomes especially important for the individuals in a herd who can't be vaccinated. These could be people who are either too old, too young or have weaker immune systems
Herd Immunity without Vaccination: Another way the building of herd immunity could happen is if many people contract the disease and in time build up an immune response to it (natural immunity). In this case, the herd would have to be fit enough to contract the disease, survive it and then become immune towards it.
It is important to note that in order for herd immunity to take action, the disease/virus must be categorized as a Contagious one. (capable of spreading)
COVID-19 and Herd Immunity In India
Renowned Immunologist and Cell Biologist Dipyaman Ganguly has said that one of the only hopes in defeating the novel coronavirus is by developing ‘herd immunity,’
In an interview with news9, he said, “This coronavirus is not going anywhere. Viruses don’t go anywhere. They may become weak but its strand remains. The virus will keep infecting people until a large population develops immunity against it.”
He has also stated that immunity could only be achieved through a vaccine or by getting infected by the virus. “Since developing a vaccine for COVID-19 is not an easy task and it is unlikely that we will get one soon, the only hope that remains is that of herd immunity and it is bound to happen.”
Explaining the idea of herd immunity further, he said, “The virus is going to infect a large number of populations in India. When a large number of people get infected, their bodies will develop natural immunity. They will stop the virus from spreading further by breaking the chain of infections transmitted from one person to another.” “Since I am closely monitoring the situation, I am sure that we are moving towards herd immunity,” he added.
Studying infection trends in India, he said that most coronavirus cases will be asymptomatic. Patients will recover through natural immunity and vitamin boosting medication suggested by doctors. However, those with existing health conditions could develop severe complications as the virus is shown to aggravate symptoms.