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Why menstruation is harmful

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in response to reader comment: Our dear Fahad and Allah really says that menstruation is harmful! And voodoo medicine and physiology

Submitted by Fahad Rahman (United States), Sep 22, 2007 at 07:12

I have a question regarding 2:222

Any doctor will not tell you that it is harmful to have sexual intercourse during menstruation. In fact it may have a positive effect on period pain. There is no reason why couples can't enjoy each other at all times of the female cycle provided they are both happy about this.

It is sexist and damaging to women to claim that menstruation is in any way "unclean" it is in fact a healthy process that enhances the health of the womb and an essential part of being a women and a positive part of a women's identity. Women are no more unclean than Men. Remember Quran 3:195.

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questioning 222

786 Peace ;

When a women is on her period and is sexually active it is scientifically proven that chances of acquiring or transmitting seually transmiited diseases increases greatly.HIV, Gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis etc.,to name a few.

Blocked tubes is only one after effect thus reducing fertility,or rendering the female sterile for life. Recurrent attacks of pelvic infection can lead to chronic pelvic pain which is secondary to multiple adhesions-scarring between the reproductive organs and the whole of the lower abdomen and pelvis.This is very debilitating and usually lasts a lifetime.The male also can get infected much more easily and have to suffer the consequences as well.When God says something, He means it.

May God guide us to His truth

peace

Submitter, M.D.

Editor's report:

In a health letter on September 25, 1995, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that avoiding sex that causes bleeding, or takes place while a woman is menstruating, cuts the risk of HIV infection. This CDC report was presented at the 11th meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 27-30 in 1995. The CDC's letter focused on a case controlled analysis conducted by W.J. Kassler, in which 95 HIVcases of HIV transmission were closely studied. Kassler and his colleagues found that bleeding during sex accounted for 11% of the cases, and concluded that this type of transmission was a risk for both men, with a ratio of 8:1, and women, with a ratio of 4:1. Kassler also found that for women, having sex during menses, which accounted for 20% of the cases studied, was associated with a six-fold risk of transmission (6:1).

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You are wrong as you can see from the Medical reply above. Remember also that Harmful does not necessarily mean the physical harm only, there is a psychological harm that will vary depending on every woman.

[2:222] They ask you about menstruation: say, "It is harmful; you shall avoid sexual intercourse with the women during menstruation; do not approach them until they are rid of it. Once they are rid of it, you may have intercourse with them in the manner designed by GOD. GOD loves the repenters, and He loves those who are clean."

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Even if this is true it is not a good reason to disobey God. Smoking Marijuana will also lessen your period pain, should the women then take it to lessen the period discomfort and disobey God.

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We do not do things to please ourselves while disobeying God. We do things to please God first and may be lucky then to be pleased ourselves. Now after learning the medical facts you have even more reasons to obey God.

<< It is sexist and damaging to women to claim that menstruation is in any way "unclean" >>

No one claimed so. Quran does not. The words used in 2:222 is meant for the psychological readiness for the woman to feel good about herself and to feel attractive to her partner , her husband after her period is over.

<< it is in fact a healthy process that enhances the health of the womb and an essential part of being a women and a positive part of a women's identity. >>

That is correct and it is not against what the Quran teaches, if you understand it correctly.

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And no one claimed the opposite , Quran is clear as you said in 3:195.

We hope this clarify the issue for you.

http://www.submission.org/women/period.html

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