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Menstruation is not a girls' or women’s issue – it’s a human rights issue

28 May 2019

Menstruation is a natural, and essential, part of the reproductive cycle; roughly half the human population has or will experience it. But too often, menstruation is shrouded in mystery, leading to exclusion, neglect and discrimination. 

On 28 May, Menstrual Hygiene Day, UNFPA is launching answers to frequently asked questions about menstruation. All people should know the basics about menstruation, helping to demystify the process, eliminate stigma and promote human rights. When girls hit puberty and begin menstruation, they can see their opportunities radically diminish. Menstruation may mark the start of restrictions to their mobility and behaviour. 

Let's end the stigma and shame. 

Find out more: unfpa.org/menstruationfaq