Menstruation Matters

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Menstruation Matters explores all things period related. The resource will use the more familiar term period and period pain rather than the medical terms of menstruation and dysmenorrhea.

For many, the case of period pain is all too real! Each month many teenagers miss school, work or social or physical activities as a result of period pain.

As well as painful periods some people experience mood swings (feeling sad or grumpy), get headaches, bloating or feel really tired. For some, this can be as bad, or even worse, than the period pain itself.

The purpose of this resource is to give you some helpful information on what may happen to your body during your period, when you might want to go and speak to your doctor and some suggestions on ‘self-care’ techniques (like yoga stretches) that you can try at home, to help reduce any period (menstrual) discomfort (like pain, or emotional changes).

We suggest you start with the ‘Information’ section first, and spend some time learning about what a ‘normal’ period is, and some common symptoms that you might experience. This will help you decide (with the help of a checklist we provide for you) if you need to speak to your doctor about your period or if you should try some ‘self-care’ options to manage any symptoms you have.

  • Approximately 90% of Australian adolescents experience period (menstrual) pain.
  • Period Pain affects ¾ of people who have periods.
  • Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pain.
  • Research shows that 45% of Australian adolescents have had academic performance adversely affected as a result of period pain.


Before beginning it is important to understand how to navigate through the resource. There are some tools you should be aware of:

  • Links will appear with a blue underline.
  • You will be able to select what to read from the information and self-care drop down menu below and/or at the end of each page.

The resource is divided into two key sections:


In each of these sections, there are a range of topics to navigate through and explore in more detail. You can read each topic by clicking on the links on the page or through the bottom drop down navigation menu called "What do you want to read about?" which is directly below. The Menstruation Matters located on the bottom drop down will always get you back to this home page. You can also use the bottom drop down menu bar below to jump to particular sections of interest or those that may be of more interest to you.

What do you want to read about?

Menstruation matters


This material is provided by NICM Health Research Institute for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your doctor or healthcare professional. The mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by NICM Health Research Institute or Western Sydney University. Information contained in this resource is based upon specialist opinion and current evidence available. Source references and citations regarding data, facts and figures are available upon request.


This online resource is developed in collaboration with Professor Jason Abbott, UNSW Sydney, and Medical Director of Endometriosis Australia; Melissa Parker, Canberra Endometriosis Centre, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, ACT Health; Dr Deborah Bateson, Family Planning NSW; Professor Kathryn Holmes, Western Sydney University; Dr Carolyn Ee, NICM Health Research Institute and RACGP Chair of Australian GP Integrative Medicine Group; Kate Mitchell Yoga; Dr Michael de Manincor, NICM Health Research Institute; Fiona Kelly, Kimberly-Clark Australia; Tamara Mitchell, Kimberly-Clark Australia; Janice Atkin,; Kristy O'Mahony, Domremy College; Kyle Sutton, Sydney Secondary College; Clare Magee, Cambridge Park High School; Aaminah Goolam, Western Sydney University; and Christine Salah, Western Sydney University.

Funding and support was provided by NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, and U By Kotex (Kimberley-Clark). This project is approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number H12411).