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Menstrual Education Online

We provide practical and engaging menstrual education workshops to support the creation of a positive menstrual culture where you live, work, study and play.

Why train with us?

For instance for girls and other young menstruators:

  • Many will start their period before they finish primary school(1), and many more will be wondering when they will start
  • Currently a majority of girls anticipate their periods with dread, disgust, embarrassment and even shame. Some experience period-shaming and bullying about the changes of puberty
  • An overwhelming majority of women report a negative, poorly supported experience of menarche and this has not improved significantly for girls going through puberty today

Australian and international studies have linked girls’ experience of menarche and menstruation to impacts on

  • the risk of depression (3,6,9)
  • self-esteem (2,7,8,9)
  • body image (2,4,5,7,8,9,10)
  • confidence in peer relationships (2,3,6,7,9)
  • the confidence to make healthy choices (3,4,9)
  • later childbirth experiences (5)

What can we do differently to create a more positive outcome for girls, women and other mensruators?

At school we can promote a positive menstrual culture with confident communication about preparation for menstruation, body literacy, menstrual management and self-care as a natural and easy part of a girl’s life.

Menstrual Education Online programs also available for organisations looking to implement a menstrual and/or menopausal policy, provide a supportive culture for all menstruators and those experiencing perimenopause and menopause, employees, clients and the public. Through our experience with diverse needs and settings we offer tailored and general programs, introductions or in depth with a fully developed policy and implementation strategy.

Our Menstrual Education Online trainers are education, health and community service professionals with a special interest and skills in positive menstrual education. We have a commitment to bringing the best evidence, best resources and best practice to support you in your quest to create a positive menstrual culture in your school, workplace, sports or other organisation and at home.

Enquire here for more about our online programs.

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References

  1.  Whincup, PH, Gilg, JA, Odoki, K, Taylor SJC & Cook, DG ‘Age of menarche in contemporary British teenagers: survey of girls born between 1982 and 1986’ British Medical Journal 322:1095
  2. Beausang, CC and Razor, AG, ‘Young Western Women’s Experiences of Menarche and Menstruation’, Health Care for Women International (2000), 21(6): 517-528
  3.  DeRose, LM and Brooks-Gunn, J, Running Head: Adolescent Emotional Development and the Emergence of Depressive Disorders, 2007,    Cambridge University Press, UK
  4. Leger, L, ‘A Baby Born to Body Literacy’, Femme Fertile (2006)
  5. Moloney, S, ‘How menstrual shame affects birth’, Women and Birth, (2010)23,153-159
  6. Patton, GC, Hibbert, ME and Cartlin, J et al., ‘Menarche and the onset of depression and anxiety in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Epidemiology and   Community Health, (1996)Dec;50(6):661-6
  7. Rombeck, G, The Winding Road to Womanhood, Geson Hyltetryck, Göteburg, Sweden, 2008
  8. Rombeck G, Möller, M and Gunnarsson, RK, ‘Attitudes and feelings towards menstruation and womanhood in girls at menarche’, Acta Pædiatrica  (2006) 95:707-714
  9. Shah, N, Menstrual Education: The Impact of its Shortcomings, National Women’s Health Network; the Women’s Health Activist (March/April 2009)
  10. Witwicki, D, ‘Stuck in a Body Literacy Gap’, Femme Fertile (2006)