Autores: Violeta Alarcão e Sónia Pintassilgo

Artigo | Alarcão, V. e Pintassilgo, S. (2023), “Menstrual Health: A Health and Human Rights Issue”, in Front Young Minds. 11:1112945. doi: 10.3389/frym.2023.1112945

Resumo: Menstruation is a natural part of life, but for some people who menstruate it can be a reason for exclusion. Factors that contribute to exclusion include age, gender, poverty level, health conditions, and other societal factors. Menstrual health is a general state of wellbeing during the menstrual cycle, and it is important because everyone has the right to live their experiences with dignity and feel healthy. In this article, we discuss menstrual health, describe how certain groups face situations that can negatively impact their menstrual health, and explain why menstrual health should be a basic human right. We also discuss the links between menstruation and the environment and the roles that schools and everyone in society can play in contributing to menstrual justice, that is, participating in the debate surrounding menstrual health issues, and promoting healthy, inclusive, accessible, and sustainable menstrual management contexts.