What's new in the world of menstrual health?


Following the introduction of menstrual leave in the municipality of Girona, there is now a draft to implement it throughout Spain as part of a wider reform of reproductive health. This would make Spain the first European country to grant menstruating employees up to three days of menstrual leave per month in case of severe menstrual pain or other discomfort.
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The Swiss National Council has decided that tampons and pads should be subject to a reduced VAT rate in the future - just like other everyday goods. "Anything else would be bloody unfair!" says Franziska Ryser of the Green Party.

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In competitive sports, periods are still a taboo: when the New Zealand professional golfer Lydia Ko talks openly about her menstrual complaints in an interview, the reporter's reaction shows that this is still highly unusual. On social media, Ko is praised for contributing to the normalisation of periods.

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The new animated film Turning Red, available on Disney+, highlights the challenges of a 13-year-old girl dealing with hormones, her first period and physical changes. The film normalises menstruation and aims to help girls feel more confident and accepted during puberty.

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French start-up Ziwig has developed a saliva test that can detect endometriosis within 10 days. On average it takes 8 years for endometriosis patients to receive a diagnosis.

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On Feb. 4-6, the preview to the documentary "The Business of Birth Control" can be streamed for free. The documentary traces the feminist movement to investigate and expose the pill's risks alongside the racist legacy of hormonal contraception and its ongoing weaponization against communities of color.
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In Scotland, the PickupMyPeriod app was launched, showing menstruators over 700 locations where they can pick up period products for free since last year.

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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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