About this Research Topic
Previous research has shown that menstrual health literacy is often low, regardless of the economic status of the country, with adolescents in low-, middle- and high-income countries all demonstrating limited understanding of menstrual health in relation to accessing health services and beyond. There are different challenges to improving menstrual health literacy in different countries and regions. In some contexts, ongoing menstrual stigma and sociocultural beliefs hold menstruation as a taboo topic, shrouded in silence, with a lack of information, products and infrastructure to manage it. Even where there may not be a cultural barrier, poor quality information is common, and many young people learn the mechanisms of menstruation without any focus on how to determine if their menstrual cycle is ‘normal’, and how to effectively manage their menstrual symptoms. The aim of this Research Topic is to provide a forum to discuss the challenges of improving menstrual health literacy amongst low-, middle- and high-income countries and share the latest insights on effective strategies to improve menstrual health literacy amongst adolescents and other key stakeholders such as teachers, parents and carers.
In this Research Topic, we welcome Original Research and Review papers that explore the prevalence and impact of current menstrual health literacy and research that addresses the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of interventions to improve menstrual health literacy in young people and/or in other key stakeholders such as parents, teachers and peers. Of particular interest is any changes in outcomes, such as improved awareness of risk factors for secondary dysmenorrhea, changes in mental health and other areas of quality of life, absenteeism from school or higher education or participation in social, sporting, cultural or religious activities. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, with priority given to research originating from low- or middle- income countries.
Keywords: Menstrual health literacy, menstrual health, quality of life, menstrual stigma, healthcare access, menstrual health education
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