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Young people’s perspective of the inclusion of school-based resourcing for menstruation

Becca Hylton and Roseanna Bourke

Young people should not miss out on education because they are menstruating; a normal part of life. The importance of supporting students who menstruate is recognised internationally, with countries increasingly making period products freely available. This article reports on research that provides an insight into the perspectives of 10 secondary school students who experience menstruation about how school-based resourcing for menstrual management impacts on their wellbeing and overall development and offers advice for teachers that students would find helpful. Young people at secondary school who menstruate want: more education about menstruation; a greater understanding of their experiences by others; menstruation to be normalised; and supportive relationships and resources to enhance their wellbeing.

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