Menstrual Health

The definition of menstrual health. Click here for more information.

Dani spends a lot of time ranting about the need for good menstrual health for everyone, everywhere.

If you’re interested in the topic and what you can do to help, check out the links below.

Practical briefs

2022 Using models of menstrual experience to increase impact (explains how policy-makers, practitioners, evaluators and advocates can use Barrington et al. and Hennegan et al.‘s models of menstrual experience to improve lives!)

2022 Menstrual disposal and washing facilities: considering user preferences in design

2020 Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 and menstrual health and hygiene

2018 The Last Taboo: Menstrual hygiene management in the Pacific


2022 WA Government makes period products free in state high schools. ABC Radio Perth (radio)

2022 People’s Parliament: Should Australia make period products free to anyone who needs them? ABC Radio Perth (radio)

2022 Scotland becomes the first country to make period products free. ABC News Channel (TV)

2022 Interview on improving menstrual experiences. ABC Regional Drive (radio)

2021 Sanitation, Toilets and Menstruation. The Meaning of Health (podcast)

2020 Water, Sanitation and Menstruation Stigma. Everybody Hates Me: Let’s Talk About Stigma (podcast)

2020 The Sidekick Manifesto. Water You On About? (podcast)

2019 Period Poverty. Canterbury’s Plains FM 96.9 (radio) and Speak Up – Kōrerotia (podcast)

2017 The Comfort Kit Presents. The Comfort Kit (video)

2016 About Share the Dignity. Share the Dignity (video)

2016: Interview on removing the GST on menstrual hygiene products. ABC 105.7 Darwin’s Mornings (radio)

2014 Menstruation Matters. Peppermint Magazine (online)

Other stuff

2023 La palabra menstruacion (“The word menstruation;” news article in Spanish about our study on Spanish menstrual literacy and experiences of menstruation). Levante-EMV

2022 Global study highlights menstrual stigma, with conversations key to change, UWA researcher says. ABC News

2022 Work brings hope on period pain. The (Western Suburbs) Post

2022 Improving menstrual health: more than just providing pads. O&G, Magazine of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

2019 It will take a lot more than free menstrual pads to end period poverty. The Conversation

2019 Ending period poverty: Stopping shame is essential. Policy Forum

2016 How the ‘tampon tax’ violates human rights. The Establishment

Journal articles

2023 Spanish menstrual literacy and experiences of menstruation. BMC Women’s Health

2021 Drivers of menstrual material disposal and washing practices: A systematic review. PLOS One

2021 Experiences of menstruation in high income countries: a systematic review, qualitative evidence synthesis and comparison to low- and middle-income countries. PLOS One

2019 Menstrual health and hygiene among Indigenous Australian girls and women: barriers and opportunities. BMC Women’s Health

2018 Investigating the policies and practices of teaching menstrual hygiene education to schoolboys in India. The Urban World

2018 A qualitative exploration of menstruation-related restrictive practices in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. PLOS One

2018 Water, sanitation and hygiene systems in Pacific Island schools to promote the health and education of girls and children with disability: A systematic scoping review. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development


2022 Understanding the menstruator (video link and embedded below), Menstrual Waste Disposal Webinar Series, UNHCR/UNFPA/Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

Hear Dani speak from 14-24 mins

2021 Drivers of Menstrual Material Disposal and Washing Practices: Why we cannot ignore individual’s behaviour when making engineering decisions (conference paper). 42nd WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK

2019 Menstrual experiences in high income countries (pdf of slides). Evidence and Data Working Group of UK Period Poverty Taskforce, Department for Education, London, UK.

2019 Menstrual health: research, policy and action in the UK context (pdf of slides), Ending Period Poverty by 2030: From Research to Impact, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Who wouldn’t want their photo taken with a giant tampon box? Note the 1800 RESPECT phone number on the inner lid – the best way to ensure a woman experiencing domestic violence has this support number in a place their partner won’t find it? Put it inside their tampon box.