What is a ‘5 P Pouch’?
As the name suggests, it’s a pouch that consists of 5 items starting from the letter 5 P that ensures that a menstruator is not only prepared for an untimely or sudden period but is also able to manage it effectively and hygienically. In the pouch there is a panty, a pad, a paper, a paper bag and a paper soap. The pouch does not only keep all the products handy in one place but also combats the shame around carrying all these products in clear view and gives the menstruator the confidence to own their period and manage it without any hesitation whatsoever. In our society and beyond it as well, periods are so deeply stigmatized that there are little to no conversations around it. Whatever little conversations that do happen, happen in hushed voices and cover only the bare minimum. Unfortunately, these conversations are also a privilege, and so are the period management products. Menstruators living in the marginalized communities barely have access to knowledge, conversations and products which is why they resort to unhygienic practices which puts them at risk of various infections among other medical issues. In order to break the silence in such communities and promote hygienic practices, Dr. Surbhi Singh, a practicing gynecologist and President, Sachhi Saheli has conceptualized the ‘5 P Pouch’.
Why promote the use of the ‘5 P Pouch’ within disadvantaged sections?
Due to prevailing stigma and lack of knowledge several menstruators in India still in India are unable to manage their periods in a healthy and a hygienic manner which leaves them susceptible to ill health and an undignified experience. It is only when menstruators are equipped with proper knowledge and resources, that they will be able to move from a place of period anxiety to a place of confidence.
In order to break the stigma, conversations and resources need to reach these menstruators. One such way of extending this support is through the '5 P Pouch'.
About Sachhi Saheli
Sachhi Saheli is a Delhi-Based NGO of self-motivated people comprising of doctors, teachers, journalists, students, and educationists who have taken up the challenge of eradicating stigmas surrounding menstruation in order to make the society a better and a safer place for girls and women.