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New JOSN Podcast: Menstruation Experiences of Middle and High School Students in the Midwest

By NASN Inc posted 11-28-2022 15:44

Martha Dewey Bergren, editor of The Journal of School Nursing, interviews author Molly Secor-Turner to discuss the article "Menstruation Experiences of Middle and High School Students in the Midwest: A Pilot Study."

Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and listening to the podcast.

The purpose of this pilot study was to expand understanding of the experience of menstruation for girls in the United States and its impact in the school setting. A qualitative approach was used to gather data from focus group interviews. Descriptive content analysis was used to categorize the range and types of menstruation experiences described by 12 participants aged 12–16 years. Findings revealed four main themes: (1) learning about menstruation, (2) experiencing menstruation, (3) managing menstruation, and (4) social norms and meaning of menstruation. Participants described multiple challenges faced learning about and experiencing menstruation, especially in the school setting. Participants described the limited understanding of menstruation experiences and confusion about the use of menstrual hygiene products. Challenges experienced at school included not having adequate access to menstrual hygiene products, limited time for changing products, fear of leaking menstrual blood, and impacts on school attendance. School nurses are well-positioned to contribute to creating school environments that are supportive of menstruation.