Menstrual Health – Across the Lifespan

Menstrual health is an integral part of patient well-being. Practitioners who care for patients with menstrual health issues (including the cessation of menstruation or menopause) may need to address challenges, such as diagnostic complexity, varying differential diagnoses, tailored management needs, and managing patient expectations. In addition, menstrual conditions can be impacted by socioeconomic and psychosocial issues. Addressing these challenges often requires a comprehensive and patient-centered approach. Open communication, shared decision-making, and a holistic view of the patient’s health and well-being are all essential components of providing optimal care.

This resource page will cover aspects related to menstrual health, including the onset, regulation, and cessation of menses, as well as disorders which impact menses, like fibroids and endometriosis. We will also discuss global concerns, like period poverty, sustainability, and stigma.

Uterine Health – Overview of Menstruation
Menstruation is a natural part of the reproductive cycle, marking the monthly shedding of the uterine lining in preparation for potential pregnancy. View infographic and learn more about how to optimize uterine health.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Abnormal uterine bleeding is characterized by irregular, heavy, or prolonged menstrual periods which can indicate various underlying health issues.

Optimization of Contraceptive Options and the Regulation of Menses
Optimizing contraceptive options involves tailoring methods to individual needs and lifestyles, ensuring effective and convenient protection against unintended pregnancies.
Fibroids and Endometriosis
Fibroids and endometriosis are common gynecological conditions that can cause significant pain and reproductive issues, often requiring medical intervention for management and relief. View the conversation guide on endometriosis and hear a patient’s perspective. View our CME course on endometiosis.

Peri-Menopause and Menopause Management
Let’s unpause the conversation on menopause to promotes awareness, reduce stigma, and empower women to seek care during this significant life phase. Access AMWA’s Check-in on Menopause program and menopause management CME course. Understand special situations in menopause care, workplace issues, and read the Korn Ferry report. Listen to menopause: muted (a podcast series).

Period Poverty
Period poverty is a global health issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide and exacerbates gender inequality. AMWA is working to improve access to menstrual products, education, and sanitation.