Menstrual health

PATH’s vision

Empower women and adolescent girls to overcome barriers to managing their menstrual health by increasing access, affordability, and effectiveness of menstrual hygiene products.

Students sit in a classroom in Nakasongola Primary School in Uganda.

The case for menstrual health

Menstruation is a natural and routine part of life for healthy girls and women, but in many parts of the world, it is accompanied by shame and fear. Cultural taboos about menstruation and perceptions that women are unclean when they have their periods are barriers to open discussion and societal support. Without education from parents and teachers, girls often begin menarche in isolation, without any understanding of what is happening to their bodies.

In many low-resource settings, this culture of silence is compounded by limited resources to help women manage their periods. Insufficient attention to menstrual care within gender and reproductive health education, a lack of access to affordable and appropriate menstrual care products, and an absence of appropriate sanitation and waste disposal systems limit women’s potential and perpetuate gender inequalities.

Fortunately, there is a growing global movement to address these gaps. With increased support, these efforts have the potential to unlock tremendous health and opportunity for girls, women, and communities around the globe.

Photo credit: Will Boase

The need for solutions

PATH’s focus areas

Reports and multimedia resources



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