The downtown Mesa County Public Library will host a free educational workshop on menstrual health on Saturday, January 27 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Monument Room. The event is aimed at teens aged 14-18 of all genders and their caregivers. It will include an opportunity to ask questions and get medically-accurate answers from experts in the field.
Many people may know the basics of the menstrual cycle, but not everyone knows what is a sign of a illness and what’s not. This holds true even for adults. This seminar will go beyond the basics of the menstrual cycle to tell teens how to recognize if a period is normal or not, where to get free period products and how to use them, and how to talk more openly about periods without embarrassment or shame.
The workshop will be led virtually by two period professionals who are medical students or physicians-in-training who are specifically trained menstrual health education for this program, which was developed by physician experts.
The workshop is for teens of any gender ages 14 and up, and their caregivers who already know what a period is, but may want to learn more.
The event is being put on by the Period Education Project (PEP), a 501(c)(3) organization. It is a project of the Boston University School of Public Health that is leading the movement to help young people access medically-accurate menstrual health education. PEP seeks to close knowledge gaps and reduce the stigma associated with menstrual health. The Period Education Project was founded by physicians who are committed to improving menstrual health equity and training future doctors to be well-prepared to address menstrual health issues.
If you can’t attend the seminar but still have questions about menstrual health, you can ask menstrual professionals questions free on PEP’s website, or browse through the questions other people have already asked, and the answers PEP has provided, at https://periodeducationproject.org/ask-a-period-pro/
PEP also has a YouTube channel with videos on subjects like how to use a tampon, how to use a menstrual cup, what it’s like to have a period.