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Research & Resources

Irise / Research & Resources


We research the root causes of period poverty and shame. We’re dedicated to practice that is rooted in the best available evidence and the needs and experiences of people with periods.

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Menstrual Practice Needs Scale

Irise worked with Dr Julie Hennegan to develop a set of self-report questions to measure women and girls menstrual experience.

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Experiences of menstruation in high income countries: A systematic review, qualitative evidence synthesis and comparison to low- and middle-income countries

A study, co-authored by Irise and academics at The University of Western Australia, Burnet Institute and The University of Leeds reviewed 3,800 people’s experiences of periods. They found that women experience a mental burden that affects their relationships and ability to participate in employment and education, as well as sport and religious activities because of their periods.


Young and Female: The Double Disadvantage

Report on the increasing inequalities of young women in the UK as a result of the pandemic.


10 Million Futures

Report on the impact of the pandemic on girls rights under the Period Equality Framework.


Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 and Menstrual Health and Hygiene Briefing

Authors and Contributors: written by Brooke Yamakoshi (UNICEF) with review and contribution from Lizette Burgers and Sonya Sagan (UNICEF); Arundati Muralidharan and Therese Mahon (WaterAid); Dani Barrington (University of Western Australia); Emily Wilson (Irise International); Ina Jurga (WASH United); Odette Hekster (Population Services International-Europe); Sanne Thijssen (independent); Sandy Garcon and John Sauer (Population Services International); Virginia Kamowa (WSSCC).


Youth-led research: Periods in a Pandemic Briefing

A summary of two Empower Period members masters dissertations on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on period equality in the UK. Youth-led research looking at the impact of lockdown measures on women and menstruation in the UK and critical analysis of the period policy landscape in the United Kingdom. 

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Youth-led research: Transforming menstrual stigma

A learning brief produced by an Empower Period members master’s research focused on transforming menstrual stigma.


We support you to deliver menstrual health initiatives. We can help you design and evaluate menstrual health programmes, design and deliver training and capacity building. design and implement research and develop policy.

UK Resources


13 Moons Worksheets


Puberty Manual

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Menstrual Health Booklet

Power to Play  creates supportive, inclusive education on menstrual health in sport and physical education. Sarah Zipp the founder of Power to play provides  lessons, seminars and resources for coaches, teachers and leaders in sport.

East Africa Resources

Community Readiness to Change Handbook
This resource is a step by step guide to enabling community-led behaviour and social norm change to end period poverty and shame.
Funder Assessment Framework
This framework is based on a review of the available evidence, including research, evaluation reports and technical and lived experience expertise. It outlines the components of effective menstrual health programming in East Africa and beyond.

Menstrual Health Education Toolkit

To download a copy of our menstrual health education toolkit, please complete the form below:

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    Evaluation Toolkit
    This toolkit provides a selection of tried and tested tools to monitor and assess the impact of menstrual health programmes with a ready made dashboard and training video to get your started. The form is available for free but we ask people to share data with us so we can help others learn now to build better programmes. Complete this short form and we’ll be in touch to get you started.