April 2022
Menstrual Memo

Bodies are magical places, they are cliterally where life begins!

It's inspiring to see images of female anatomy take over Instagram including a rise in digital art / NFT projects like Clitpix and Women Rise working to center women+'s health, decentralize philanthropic capital, and bring more women into what has until now been a very male-dominated space. f you're wondering what an NFT is, learn more with this quick tutorial. NFTs are expected to revolutionize gender equality through art, but we guess only time will tell if it sticks. Either way, it's exciting to people working to do things differently!

This Memo is packed with helpful resources, including around autism + periods, a policy win in Malawi, groundbreaking new reports on indicators and menstrual cups, and more!  

Menstruation and Austism: 
New Intimina Report - On A Spectrum and Having Periods

Being on the autism spectrum has its challenges, and one of them is understanding and managing menstrual cycles. To coincide with Autism Acceptance Month, Intimina conducted a new report with experts and professionals to break down the stigma around autism and menstruation. How do autistic people deal with periods? A third (30%) of respondents said it takes as long as four-to-five years to learn to manage periods! Read more about their other obstacles and tips and tricks on how to overcome them.
Sponsored Content / Image: Intimina
#CelebrateDifferences: Read more about Austism + Periods
New Digital Toolkit for Monitoring MHH
There is progress being made on MHH around the world, and yet there is a lack of adequate indicators to #MonitorMHH. That's why global experts and country stakeholders developed a NEW Short List of priority indicators for national monitoring of girls' MHH.  We're excited to share the new Priority List of Indicators for Girls' MHH which provides a set of recommended indicators and measures for monitoring national progress.
Image: Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Download the toolkit
The Menstrual Cup wins the LCA! 

This highly-anticipated scientific life cycle assessment (LCA) study from German period product brand einhorn compares various tampons, pads and the reusable menstrual cup, looking at the entire life cycle of each product. The main takeaways fo users include: 
  • To sterilize the menstrual cup, use an electric kettle to boil water, then steep the menstrual cup for 5 minutes, in a covered mug, or be sure to cover the pot if you’re boiling water on the stove.
  • Always throw away disposable products in the residual waste. (DO NOT FLUSH!)
  • Conserve water and soap
  • Link to the summary (EN / DE) and press release (EN / DE)
Image: einhorn
Read einhorn's in-depth LCA study
Menstrual Health Policy Win in Malawi:
When communities own solutions, girls benefit for the long term

Days for Girls International shares lessons learned from their locally-led team in Malawi about what it takes to cultivate supportive MH environments that stand the test of time. It's inspiring to see how DfG continued to center community voices, local leadership, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy to create holistic programs, set up to endure! 
Image: Days for Girls
Read more about this incredible policy win
Madami Thoughts: The Bloody Cycle of Women's Health Inequity

In this new thought piece on Apolitical by Madami's Milena Bacalja Perianes and PSI-Europe's Odette Hekster, we discuss: 
  • A major problem: The invisibility, normalization, and minimization of women*’s pain is endemic in our society. 
  • Why this matters: Women make up 50% of the global population yet they disproportionately bear the burden of inadequate healthcare systems.
  • A solution: An integrated solution to women's diverse health challenges across the life cycle: from menarche to menopause.
Image: Unsplash / Hush Naidoo Jade Photography
Read more about this bloody cycle of inequity
Read in your browser
Incredibly informative: Medatrends from the World of Menstrual Health

Today’s menstrual health consumers want to experience menstruation on their own terms. People who menstruate come in all shapes and sizes, but not all of them have access to or can afford the products they need. It is not uncommon for women to use a mix-and-match method of managing their periods, too! This can include different solutions on different days, or even using different products at the same time to meet their needs. If you’d like to hear more about megatrends in menstrual health, listen to this great new Attached to Hygiene by Bostik podcast featuring Madami's very own Danielle Keiser.
Image: Bostik: Attached to Hygiene 
Listen to Ep. 24 - Megatrends from the World of Menstrual Health
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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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