The stigma surrounding menstrual health has made young people ashamed to talk about it, and two Marshall students hope to help end that stigma at a menstrual health event.
“About half of the world menstruates, but somehow the topic is surrounded by stigma and embarrassment,” said fourth-year medical student Rachel Lee. She said, “Because of the lack of education, women are fearful and uncertain about their periods. This can have many implications in the future.”
These events are held by college students who hope to educate young women about their bodies.
“Growing up, I knew very little about menstrual health,” said fourth-year medical student Brianna Roberts Canales. “The combination of fear, cultural differences, and lack of education led to a lack of knowledge. I was embarrassed to ask questions. Health illiteracy negatively impacts the ability of patients to care for themselves adequately, engage in safe practices and advocate for themselves. Our goal is to fill the knowledge gaps of underserved youth in our communities.”
These events teach young girls ages 9-13 about female anatomy, physiology, how to track their periods, and health. The event also aims to teach about normal and abnormal periods (or discharges) and to manage menstruation safely.
“The biggest outcome I want from this event is for participants to leave empowered by the information they can provide about their bodies,” Lee said. Being able to advocate for both normal and abnormal menstruation is expected to improve women’s overall health. increase.”
Two free events for 9-13 year olds. Parents are also welcome to participate. The first event will take place on Monday, September 12th at 6pm at the Gallaher Village Public Library at 368 Norway Ave. The second event will be held on Monday, September 26th at 6:00 pm in the main building. Cavell County Public Library at 455 His Ninth Avenue in Huntington.