The notion of exploring the limitless expanse of the cosmos is fundamentally entwined with human sentience. This curiosity, oblivious to all petty divides, has raised many from their stupor and led them to achieve the first step outside the bounds of Earth. After decades of progress in space exploration, it’s a travesty that the women of this planet are yet to avail their share of sublime and see the earth from a shuttle as many times as men have.

A program initiated by NASA in the 1960’s, named “Women in space” found evidence to support that women were supposedly superior candidates for Space Exploration. A few facts that it brought to light were that women had a pass rate of 68% in tests, while their male counterparts had a pass rate of 56%. It also stated that on an average women have fewer heart attacks and consume less oxygen owing to their smaller stature, while being equally if not more dextrous and capable than men. By 1964, the program was discontinued on the grounds of a baseless hypothesis, due to microgravity in space, most fluids have a tendency to migrate at the top of the body. The concern was that period blood wouldn’t discharge in the normal anatomical fashion and would collect in the body. However disheartening it is to realize that women were dropped out of the pinnacle of scientific endeavour due to a physiological function of their body.

Thankfully, about two decades later NASA sent their first female astronaut, Sally Ride. Presently, lady astronauts have various options to tackle their monthly period cycle. They might use Menstrual Suppression, which is consuming hormones via a variety of distribution methods, mostly pills, to change the body chemistry for a brief period. These pills commonly referred to as Oral Contraceptive pills, aid women in managing their periods in shorter missions. A modern method that women can utilise in longer missions is LARC, which stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives. LARCs use IUDs to secrete a smaller amount of hormones for a longer time. Using tampons is still a viable option if they choose it to be. It is imperative that ladies who are competent enough be sent on missions to achieve glorious endeavours, because that is the true legacy of stalwarts like Katherine Johnson, Kalpana Chawla, and many more.

Written by:- Ujjwal Makin

Edited by:- Divyam Madhok

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