What's new in the world of menstrual health?


In saying, "It's not a problem of women. It's a problem of society", French President Emmanuel Macron announced a national control strategy to raise awareness of endometriosis and better understand the disease.

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In an effort to reduce the period stigma, a handful of Spanish administrations, including the Catalan city of Girona, start offering their employees up to 8 hours menstrual leave per month. 

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How period-friendly are Dutch employers? The Share-Net Netherlands Community of Practice on Menstrual Health is conducting a survey to find out. Are you menstruating and living and working in the Netherlands? Then take the survey here!


The Menstrual Health Hub has launched its new platform! Find the latest research on the topic in the Knowledge Hive and exchange ideas with other members on the community platform.

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Scientists point out the need to study how Covid-19 vaccines may affect the menstrual cycle. This transparency is not only important for menstruators, but also helps prevent the spread of misinformation and fears associated with vaccinations.

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Together with designer Sophia Luu, Flo Health has created a set of four period-related Slack emojis to encourage people to talk about menstruation at work.

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For the first time, the WHO has officially recognised the diagnostic challenges of endometriosis, the economic and social impact of the condition and opportunities for openly addressing it.   

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'Menstrual Health' now has an official definition! A group of experts, organised by the Global Menstrual Collective, has defined menstrual health to provide a basis for collaboration on menstrual policy, research and practice.

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Two men sparked an international outcry when they introduced "Pinky Gloves" - the supposed solution to all "women's problems" - on German TV with the help of an investor.

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New Zealand takes a step forward in reducing period poverty by providing free menstrual products for students for the next three years.

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UK abolished 'tampon tax' - from January 1, 2021 VAT no longer applies to menstrual products. 

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A huge step forward in tackling period poverty: Scotland becomes first country in the world to offer period products for free. 

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Facebook banned (and now reviews) ad from Modibodi's 'New Way To Period' campaign, which featured period blood.

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Pantone launched a new colour called “period”, aiming to empower people who menstruate to talk more about their periods.

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Through a government scheme, schools in England can order free period products since January 2020. However, due to the turmoil schools faced in the last months, many are still not aware of it. 

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Why is it economically and morally desirable to introduce period leave? Julia Wuench reacts to Zomatos recent introduction of menstrual leave.

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Zomato, an Indian food-delivery company, introduced the possibility of period leave for their menstruating employees. 

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Over 4,000 women share their experience of living with PMDD (Premenstrual Disphoric Disorder) as a part of BBC Research.

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Period! Magazine 

Did you know that there is a whole magazine dedicated to inform people from all over the world about menstruation? It's called Period! Magazine and you can find articles about (almost) anything period related.

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