Results from a literature review of menstruation-related restrictions in the United States and Canada

Amy Henderson Riley, Laura Slifer, Jessica Hughes, Astha Ramaiya

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Abstract

Initiation of menstruation is often associated with secrecy and silence, leading to menstruation-related restrictions enforced by various structural and social factors. Most of the research investigating menstruation-related restrictions has been conducted in low- and middle-income countries. It is unknown 1) which populations in the United States and Canada may face menstruation-related restrictions, and 2) what type of restrictions are practiced by these populations. A literature review found 21 articles published between 2000 and 2019 covering menstruation-related social and structural restrictions in the United States and Canada. In addition to more research, we encourage clinical providers to have culturally competent conversations with patients to understand potential menstruation-related restrictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100537
JournalSexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Canada
  • Cultural and social determinants
  • Menstrual barriers
  • Restrictions
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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