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Adolescent Menstrual Health Literacy in Low, Middle and High-Income Countries: A Narrative Review

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Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
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NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
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Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2260; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052260
Received: 20 January 2021 / Revised: 14 February 2021 / Accepted: 20 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
Background: Poor menstrual health literacy impacts adolescents’ quality of life and health outcomes across the world. The aim of this systematic review was to identify concerns about menstrual health literacy in low/middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). Methods: Relevant social science and medical databases were searched for peer-reviewed papers published from January 2008 to January 2020, leading to the identification of 61 relevant studies. Results: A thematic analysis of the data revealed that LMICs report detrimental impacts on adolescents in relation to menstrual hygiene and cultural issues, while in HICs, issues related to pain management and long-term health outcomes were reported more frequently. Conclusions: In order to improve overall menstrual health literacy in LMICs and HICs, appropriate policies need to be developed, drawing on input from multiple stakeholders to ensure evidence-based and cost-effective practical interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: menstrual health literacy; menstrual health education; menstrual hygiene management; menstruation; dysmenorrhea menstrual health literacy; menstrual health education; menstrual hygiene management; menstruation; dysmenorrhea
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Holmes, K.; Curry, C.; Sherry; Ferfolja, T.; Parry, K.; Smith, C.; Hyman, M.; Armour, M. Adolescent Menstrual Health Literacy in Low, Middle and High-Income Countries: A Narrative Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052260

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Holmes K, Curry C, Sherry, Ferfolja T, Parry K, Smith C, Hyman M, Armour M. Adolescent Menstrual Health Literacy in Low, Middle and High-Income Countries: A Narrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052260

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Holmes, Kathryn, Christina Curry, Sherry, Tania Ferfolja, Kelly Parry, Caroline Smith, Mikayla Hyman, and Mike Armour. 2021. "Adolescent Menstrual Health Literacy in Low, Middle and High-Income Countries: A Narrative Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052260

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