Migraines, constipation, diarrhea, painful sexual intercourse – all possible issues menstruators, or people who menstruate, may experience. For those unfamiliar with the word, menstruators is a gender-inclusive term to address the fact that non-binary, gender nonconforming, and trans people menstruate as well. A PubMed Central search for “trans gender AND menstruation” retrieves 866 results, compared to a search for “women AND menstruation”, which pulls 21,269 results, demonstrating the relatively limited amount of available research on this topic/population.
The August 2019 issue of NIH News in Health addresses some period problems and current research and treatments available to those who menstruate. A main takeaway from the piece is for people to end the stigma around periods and start talking about them! The Office of Women’s Health provides an online ovulation calculator and a fact sheet to use when discussing menstrual cycles with healthcare providers. GirlsHealth.gov provides a page to begin the discussion early, and organizations such as Period Movement work with chapters across the U.S. to educate and advocate. These are just a few ways for people to become involved in the movement to end period shame, poverty, and continue the conversation!
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