Standards for menstrual health products

21st February 2020

We are excited to invite you to the first part of a series of webinars focused on standards for menstrual health products. The series will be co-hosted by the Menstrual Health Alliance of India, the African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management, MH Day and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.

A critical component is the use of effective and safe materials for absorbing or collecting menstrual blood. Traditional practices in LMICs have seen the use of materials like cloth, hay, ash etc. as absorbents. More recently, this need has been served by consumer products - disposable sanitary pads and tampons. Over the last few years, these products have evolved to offer increased absorbency and comfort to users through use of wood pulp, non-woven fibres, super absorbent polymers, additives etc. Innovations like the menstrual cup (made of medical grade silicone) and the reusable cloth pad (made of natural and synthetic fabrics), have also made their way to the mainstream. These offer increased choice to women in managing their menstruation. However, true informed choice requires that they meet certain benchmarks of safety and performance. To this end, various manufacturers, CSOs and advocacy groups have been working on national and global standards for menstrual products.

The next three webinars in this series will take an in-depth look at the development for standards for disposable sanitary pads, reusable sanitary pads and menstrual cups across different country settings in Asia and Africa and globally by WHO and others. 

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