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Menstrual health : the agreed definition

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

As of April 2021, Menstrual health has an official definition!

Formal definitions can prevent misunderstandings but most of all serve as a tool to unite all researchers, organizations and people working for so long to make menstrual health a global priority.

Definition menstrual health

Menstrual health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in relation to the menstrual cycle.

"This definition of menstrual health aligns with the WHO definition of health and attends to mental and social, as well as physical well-being. We intentionally link menstrual health to the menstrual cycle. This acknowledges that menstrual-related discomforts and disorders, consequences for mental well-being, and social exclusion are not restricted to the menstrual period. "

Menstrual health can be achieved with the following requirements:

1. Information about the menstrual cycle and self-care

2. Materials, facilities and services to care for the body during menstruation

3. Diagnosis, care, and treatment for menstrual discomforts and disorders

4. A positive and respectful environment which minimizes psychological distress

5. Freedom to participate in all spheres of life.

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