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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a critical opportunity to elevate menstrual health to a position of importance for investment and action as an essential aspect of “Good Health and Wellbeing,” the central tenet of SDG3. Menstrual health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in relation to the menstrual cycle. In 2019 a global group of measure experts posited that to fully achieve the SDGs by 2030, there was an essential need to recognize menstrual health as a contributing factor to an array of SDGs. This led to the 2022 publication of “Priority List of Indicators for Girls’ Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Technical Guidance for National Monitoring,” aimed at national governments and global monitoring bodies, along with those engaged in programs and policies related to menstrual health. We are now reaching the mid-way point of the SDGs timeframe. The need to integrate menstrual health into investments, policies and programs to achieve SDG3 has become paramount.