Fempower Health Podcast: Menstrual Health Equity: Why it Matters to Us All
Guests Michela Bedard of PERIOD. and Claire Coder of Aunt Flow discuss important menstrual health issues. With 50% of the population menstruating, it is shocking to see the degree of inequities that still exist. This podcast episode is intended to raise awareness and instill a sense of urgency about menstrual health equity and why having a shared language around “normal” periods is critical.
**Thank you to Myovant Sciences for sponsoring this episode.**
We cover the following menstrual health issues:
- Why menstrual health equity is important and why inequity still remains
- How menstrual health equity differs across race, gender, and socioeconomic statuses
- The negative societal impact of menstrual health inequity and how equity can positively impact us all
- The role each of us can play to advance the menstrual health equity movement
“In the United States, eight states have passed legislation requiring middle schools and high schools, sometimes elementary schools, to offer free period products in the bathroom, not the nurse’s office in the bathroom. And why that matters is if you think about what happens in the bathroom versus the nurse’s office. Bathrooms are for natural bodily functions. You go to the nurse’s office when you’re sick.” – Claire Coder, Aunt Flow
“Policy follows culture. We’re starting to see culture change. We’re starting to see social media deal with menstruation and starting to see more femtech companies pop up. We’re seeing Claire’s Aunt Flow company be successful. We’re seeing hundreds of PERIOD. chapters being formed every year. But the policy implications haven’t really caught up yet. They’re just starting to.” – Michela Bedard, PERIOD.
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**The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by this episode’s guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent, nor does it constitute an endorsement by Myovant Sciences of this episode.
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-| This episode originally aired on May 23, 2022 on Fempower Health. Listen, follow and subscribe here.