Marina Plesons 1 , , Archana Patkar 2 , Jenelle Babb 3 , Asanthi Balapitiya 4 , Flo Carson 5 , Bethany A. Caruso 6 , Margarita Franco 7 , Maja Manzenski Hansen 8 , Jacquelyn Haver 9 , Andisheh Jahangir 10 , Caroline W. Kabiru 11 , Ephraim Kisangala 12 , Penelope Phillips-Howard 13 , Aditi Sharma 14 , Marni Sommer 15 , Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli 1
8 February 2021
In recognition of the opportunity created by the increasing attention to menstrual health at global, regional, and national levels, the World Health Organization’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research and the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction convened a global research collaborative meeting on menstrual health in adolescents in August 2018. Experts considered nine domains of menstrual health (awareness and understanding; stigma, norms, and socio-cultural practices; menstrual products; water and sanitation; disposal; empathy and support; clinical care; integration with other programmes; and financing) and answered the following five questions: (1) What is the current situation? (2) What are the factors contributing to this situation? (3) What should the status of this domain of adolescent menstrual health be in 10 years? (4) What actions are needed to achieve these goals? (5) What research is needed to achieve these goals? This commentary summarizes the consensus reached in relation to these questions during the expert consultation. In doing so, it describes the state of adolescent menstrual health in low- and middle-income countries and sets out suggestions for action and research that could contribute to meeting the holistic menstrual health needs of adolescent girls and others who menstruate worldwide.