Abstract

This study examines the experiences of eight menstruators and the impact these experiences have had on their attitudes towards menstruation and menstrual products. Participants engaged in a virtual workshop and discussed their personal experiences, both positive and negative, their opinions on various menstrual products, and the impact their experiences had on their attitudes towards menstruation and menstrual products. The findings from this study were thematically coded, and the influence of experiences on product choices was subsequently discussed. The varying needs of participants were also highlighted and discussed. Additionally, this study has identified that existing menstrual products do not meet all the needs of menstruators. Whilst the findings from this design-based research study bring forward new insights, it also sheds light on the gaps in knowledge and understanding of menstrual experiences.

Keywords

menstruation, menstrual health, women’s health, product design

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Jun 25th, 9:00 AM

Designing menstruation: An examination into the influence of experiences on the use of menstrual products

This study examines the experiences of eight menstruators and the impact these experiences have had on their attitudes towards menstruation and menstrual products. Participants engaged in a virtual workshop and discussed their personal experiences, both positive and negative, their opinions on various menstrual products, and the impact their experiences had on their attitudes towards menstruation and menstrual products. The findings from this study were thematically coded, and the influence of experiences on product choices was subsequently discussed. The varying needs of participants were also highlighted and discussed. Additionally, this study has identified that existing menstrual products do not meet all the needs of menstruators. Whilst the findings from this design-based research study bring forward new insights, it also sheds light on the gaps in knowledge and understanding of menstrual experiences.

 

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