This year's theme for World Menstrual Hygiene Day, commemorated every 28th of May, is 'Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.' The objective behind this day is to create awareness among every individual regarding the challenges and hardships girls and women face during menstruation. The book 'When Something is Wrong' put this in perspective.
When something is wrong is a book by Doris Murimi, a Kenyan author and founder of Endosisters East Africa, an endometriosis support and advocacy organization.
As an adolescent, Doris assumed the pain she experienced during ovulation and menstruation was just a ‘bad period’ and was ashamed that she had a low threshold of pain compared to her peers.
But how does one talk about something that is deemed normal? What does she do when what is supposed to be one of the most defining phases of her life turns out to be a horrific experience?
Doris shares her 30 years journey to getting a medical diagnosis for endometriosis which was characterised with shame, humiliation and depression. However, through the real life stories, readers are taken though the subject matter in a very fun but engaging manner.
The book is not only an informative read but a great conversation starter for both adolescent genders, parents and guardians on the subject of endometriosis and other unheeded menstrual disorders. It also advocates for early visitation to specialists on menstrual disorders for early diagnosis, treatment, management and avoidance of possible long-term complications.
On taking a quick glance at the book, one may assume that it is only for women but, on the contrary, upon reading and deeper reflection, the book is for all. It aims to enlighten, inform and educate adolescent girls and boys on the issues of menstrual disorders.
You can order the book for Ksh. 999 shillings at Nuria Bookstore or online at endosisterseastafrica.org.
Review by: Mbeke Wambua