23 February 2022
Menstrual Memo

Another year, another Menstrual May!

2022 marks the 9th MH Day since 2014 - what are your plans?

In this Memo you'll find a plethora of important victories, new research and exciting ways to activate your community around MH Day!


Spain poised to become 1st European county to offer menstrual leave

Spain is planning to introduce medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain, a media report suggests. A draft bill says women could have three days of leave a month - extended to five in some circumstances - a victory for many menstrual equity advocates. However, according to Maria Carmen Punzi, our Innovation Advisor, it is important to consider that menstrual leave as a stand-alone policy can have downsides, too, including that:

  • Extreme period pain is not normal and should always be discussed with a doctor;
  • Menstrual leave could reinforce the idea that women are weaker or less employable;
  • Menstrual health education is still very much needed at the workplace and beyond!
Image: Spain's Equality Minister Angela Rodriguez representing Spain at an EU meeting.
Learn more about Spain's new menstrual leave policy
Womaness becomes Ulta (US)
1st menopause brand

“This is the healthiest, wealthiest, most active generation with so much spending power,” co-founder Sally Mueller of Womaness says. “Retailers are focused on inclusivity, but many of them are forgetting about the older consumer, and we’re not even talking that old. We deserve shelf space. There are 50 million-plus women [in the US] going through menopause at any given time. It’s a huge market.”
Mom's need love, too
Wonder Girls wins PR Award 
Created for ages 8-12, INTIMINA’s book shares essential information for girls and parents, setting the stage for honest, informed conversations. With vivid illustrations, this resource provides learning and scientific info about menstruation along with tips on how to be prepared. Open communication and the values of understanding, tolerance, mutual support, courage, altruism, authenticity and assertiveness are at the heart of it all. 
Sponsored Content // Image: Intimina
Use this free educational resource
Planet-Positive Periods:
The Toolkit for
Sustainable Menstruation

PERIOD. partnered with Aisle and Green Periods to prepare this incredible evidence-based toolkit to help everyone develop a deeper understanding about the impact of various menstrual products on our planet, the impact of our own menstrual footprint and examples of how people can have planet-positive periods. Feel free to present at your school, work place or on social media! 
Image: PERIOD, Aisle and Green Periods. 
Download the free toolkit now
Ugandan Government Steps Closer to Implementing Their MHH Strategy 
The Ugandan government understands that the journey towards menstrual equity is a joint effort, requiring partnership and collaboration across sectors. That is why in April, the Ministry of Education and Sport, Gender Equity (MOES) and Budgeting Unit convened a range of stakeholders to provide feedback on their National Strategic Draft Plan (NSP) for Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH), to increase buy-in and commitment to prioritize and fund MHH programming. To learn more about Days for Girl’s Policy and Advocacy work, sign up for the DfG Advocacy Newsletter.
Sponsored Content // Image: Days for Girls 
Days for Girls has more on this policy progress in Uganda

MH Day is May 28th

 Since 2014, the world has been celebrating May 28th, a day and platform to promote good menstrual health & hygiene (MHH). The 2022 MH Day theme is #WeAreCommitted to making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030. With women's reproductive rights and health continuously under attack, time is of the essence to continue to position the menstrual cycle as the most empowering and influential gateway and vital sign of women+'s health and well-being.

Check out global MH Day events
Commit to the MH Day Action Cycle
[PDF] Awareness and Practice of Menstrual Hygiene among Visually Impaired Adolescent Girls: Using Braille Methods Serma Subathra Arunachalam, Asha P Shetty, Shankar Shanmugam Rajendran, Harikrishnan Eswaran and Karthik Arunachalam, Ann Nurs Primary Care. 2022.
Male Peer Talk About Menstruation: Discursively Bolstering Hegemonic Masculinities Among Young Men in South Africa by CI Macleod, JM Glover, M Makuse, L Kelland & SA Paphitis, Reproductive Health, 2022
[PDF] A survey of women's experiences of using period tracker applications: Attitudes, ovulation prediction and how the accuracy of the app in predicting period start dates by A Broad, R Biswakarma, JC Harper - Women's Health, 2022
The menstrual taboo and the nuances of misogyny: Comparing feminine hygiene TV advertisements in the Arab and western worlds by HD Chabih, MH Elmasry - Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, 2022
[PDF] Addressing Period Poverty: The Cost of Menstruating in America and the Ethical Responsibility to Provide Free Menstrual Care by J Tabor, O Delgado - Sacred Heart University, 2022
[PDF] Isn't Menstrual Discrimination a Driver for Child Marriage? By R Paudel, NJ Shah, T Ahmed, Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation/Radha Paudel Foundation, 2022
Check out more research in the MH Hub Knowledge Hive
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*We recognize that not all women menstruate, and not all who menstruate identify with being a woman, and strongly advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices, identities and bodies in discussions around female and menstrual health.

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