Period Education Project

Improving menstrual health education; creating a lasting impact on women’s health.

The Period Education Project is the leading movement helping young people access medically-accurate menstrual health education.


“Improving women’s health starts with improving young women’s health first.”


– Dr. Melisa Holmes, MD, FACOG, Period Education Project Co-Founder 


It’s more than understanding what a period is.

The Period Education Project is a 501(c)(3) physician-led organization that works to improve access to menstrual health education. When girls understand menstrual health, they are prepared to advocate for their own health and recognize troubling health conditions, leading to earlier treatment and better outcomes. Educating all young people with this essential health care education can have a lasting impact on improving women’s health.


“As a pediatrician, I see too many young people who can’t even talk about menstruation or their bodies because they don’t have the understanding or the comfort.”


– Dr. Trish Hutchison, MD, FAAP, Period Education Project Co-Founder 

Meet the physicians leading the movement to improve menstrual health education

Knowledgable youth become healthier adults.

Youth who receive menstrual health education:

Normalize menstruation which lessens taboos and stigma

Grow up with less anxiety about their bodies and their health

Gain insight into what’s normal and what needs medical attention

Become women who advocate better for their health

Trust a leading voice for girls.

Period education project

Evidence Based, Rooted in Science

Created by nationally recognized physicians

Supported by top medical schools

Offers specialized education addressing a big gap in young women's health

Facilitated by certified medical students

Community Based

Take away the taboo.

Half of the world’s population menstruates, yet it remains a topic cloaked in taboo and stigma, and that affects girls’ and women’s confidence, awareness, and their willingness to explore healthy solutions.

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Why young people need menstrual health education

by the numbers


of women admit to feeling ashamed when they menstruate


of women confess to hiding a sanitary product on their way to the bathroom


of girls experience menstrual related physical symptoms

 girls in the U.S. miss school because they don’t have period protection

The few number of states requiring medically accurate reproductive health education

the average number of YEARS a woman has symptoms before being diagnosed with endometriosis

of low income women and girls do not have access to adequate period products 

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