Practical approaches to supporting young women with intellectual disabilities and high support needs with their menstruation

Gomez, Miriam Taylor, Carlson, Glenys M. and Van Dooren, Kate (2012) Practical approaches to supporting young women with intellectual disabilities and high support needs with their menstruation. Health Care for Women International, 33 8: 678-694. doi:10.1080/07399332.2012.684812


Author Gomez, Miriam Taylor
Carlson, Glenys M.
Van Dooren, Kate
Title Practical approaches to supporting young women with intellectual disabilities and high support needs with their menstruation
Journal name Health Care for Women International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0739-9332
1096-4665
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07399332.2012.684812
Volume 33
Issue 8
Start page 678
End page 694
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Menstrual myths may influence decisions about menstrual and fertility management for women with intellectual disabilities and high support needs. We identify six myths (related to menstruation, menstrual management, communication, sexual feelings, menstrual difficulties, and surgical elimination) and the evidence that dispels these myths. We provide reflexive questions for practitioners to help them critically reflect on their own approaches to menstrual management. We encourage those supporting women with disabilities to consider the reflective questions we have provided and to strive to support informed decision-making about menstruation and the related areas of fertility and sexual feelings.
Keyword Contraceptive management
Down-syndrome
Menopause
Sterilization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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