The Menstrual Self-Evaluation Scale is a 27-item scale to measure women’s attitudes and emotions toward menstruation. It uses several items from the Menstrual Attitudes Questionnaire and contains two sub-scales that measure attitudes and emotions towards menstruation, respectively.
Attitudes Toward Menstruation Factors
1. Menstruation is something I have to put up with.
2. In some ways I enjoy my menstrual periods.
3. Men have a real advantage in not having the monthly interruption of a menstrual period.
4. I hope it will be possible someday to get a menstrual period over within a few minutes.
5. The only thing menstruation is good for is to let me know I'm not pregnant.
6. I would feel ashamed if I "leaked" menstrual blood on my clothes.
7. I avoid touching my genital region when I am menstruating.
8. I am embarrassed when I have to purchase menstrual products.
9. I would prefer not to talk openly about menstruation.
10. I find menstrual blood disgusting.
11. When I have my period, I do things to hide the fact that I am menstruating.
12. Menstruation provides a way for me to keep in touch with my body.
13. Menstruation is a reoccurring affirmation of womanhood.
14. Menstruation allows women to be more aware of their bodies.
15. Menstruation is an obvious example of the rhythmicity which pervades all of life.
16. The recurrent monthly flow of menstruation is an external indication of a woman's general good health.
7-point Likert scale
Disagree strongly - 1
Agree strongly - 7
Emotions Regarding Menstruation Factors
"When I think of my menstrual periods. . ."
17. Disgust, distaste, revulsion.
18. Angry, irritated, annoyed.
19. Contemptuous, scornful, disdainful.
20. Sad, downhearted, unhappy.
21. Embarrassed, self-conscious, blushing.
22. Ashamed, humiliated, disgraced.
23. Sheepish, bashful, shy.
24. Silly, awkward, foolish.
25. Glad, happy, joyful.
26. Proud, satisfied, honorable.
27. Surprised, amazed, astonished.
Not at all - 1
Extremely - 5
Roberts, T. (2004). Female trouble: The Menstrual Self-Evaluation Scale and women's self-objectification. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 22-26. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2004.00119.x
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