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In the midst of the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza, a hidden crisis is unfolding. The desperate, unsanitary circumstances have forced many Palestinian women to resort to taking menstruation-delaying pills.

The Dire Circumstances
Facing displacement, overcrowded living conditions, and a lack of access to water and menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary napkins and tampons, women have been taking norethisterone tablets. Ordinarily prescribed for conditions such as severe menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, and painful periods, these tablets are now being used to avoid the discomfort and pain of menstruation.

The Health Implications
The tablets keep progesterone hormone levels raised to stop the uterus from shedding its lining, thus delaying a period. However, they may have side effects such as irregular vaginal bleeding, nausea, changes to the menstrual cycle, dizziness, and mood swings. Despite these potential risks, some women feel they have no choice given the relentless bombardment and blockade of Gaza.

The Humanitarian Crisis
The use of these pills is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Dwindling supplies due to the Israel-imposed siege and water shortages in Gaza force women to take desperate measures for hygiene.

A Call for Action
This situation underscores the urgent need for international intervention to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian women. Access to basic necessities such as water and sanitary products is a fundamental human right. It’s crucial that these needs are met to ensure the health and dignity of these women.


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Mystic InformerMystic InformerDecember 21, 2023

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