URGENT - INCLUDE MENSTRUAL HEALTH IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM - #LetsTalkPeriod 2019-2020

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Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF—Manhattan), introduced a NYS bill for 2019-2020 that directs the commissioner of health to develop informational materials concerning menstrual disorders, including endometriosis, for distribution in schools and to patients. Given the seriousness of endometriosis, and the stigma often associated with discussing menstrual health, it is critical that the state makes an effort to educate both young women and men on this crucial issue.

Support the NYS Bill S1016/A484 Subject to appropriation, the commissioner, in conjunction with the commissioner of education, shall create age-specific informational materials to be provided to school districts and health care practitioners upon request to distribute to students and patients educating them about eight menstrual disorders and their symptoms. The materials shall include, but be not limited to: the timing, signs and symptoms of endometriosis and other menstrual disorders; the importance of menstrual health and its impacts on one's physical, emotional, social, and academic life; basic statistics on endometriosis and other menstrual disorders; best practices on how to be one's own healthcare advocate; and basic treatment options for endometriosis and other menstrual disorders, as well as recommendations for follow-up care from a healthcare provider.

The goal of the bill is to raise awareness about these conditions to ensure that young women have the information they need to effectively advocate for their personal health. Given the seriousness of this disease, and the stigma often associated with discussing menstrual health, it is critical that the state makes an effort to educate young women on this important issue.

NYS is taking the lead with this legislation.  Let's hope that all states follow suit to include the same educational materials in their school curriculums!

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