Our Impact

Advocating for patients

We are committed, each day, to improving the lives of people living with serious medical conditions. We see people as more than the conditions they are managing. We are unwavering in our promise to advocate for patients and their families on the things that matter most to them. This promise is central to everything we do.

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Patient & Caregiver Advocacy

SMPA is dedicated to partnering with stakeholders to increase patient access to medicine, advance science that matters most to the patient communities we serve, and reimagine what's possible as we pursue unprecedented medical innovation.

Uterine Health Guide

We see people as more than the health conditions they are managing. To support those with questions about their uterine health, we created a series of resources to learn more about how to talk with healthcare providers and find support in the community.

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Patient stories

Menstrual Mysteries—Mothers and Daughters Talk About Periods

Talking about periods can feel uncomfortable. But why is discussing something that millions of people experience still taboo? With this video series, we want to support open conversations around menstruation. When stigma keeps people quiet about periods, it can take longer to get care. To encourage these frank conversations, we invited mothers and daughters to talk openly with each other—and all of us—about periods.

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Mothers and Daughters Open Up About Periods

Many girls may be nervous about starting their period, particularly if they don’t know what to expect. To show what an open conversation can look like, we invited mothers and daughters to talk about periods.

Learning about menstruation from a parent is a great way to make periods a normal and healthy part of life. In a supportive setting, with an all-female crew, mothers and daughters discuss their first periods, feeling self-conscious, how menstruation affects their lives, and why periods are nothing to be embarrassed about.

Mothers and Daughters Talk About Period Differences

What are the different ways people experience their periods?

Mothers and Daughters Talk About Period Shame

Why do we feel embarrassed talking about periods?

Mothers and Daughters on Changing How We Talk About Periods

How does it feel to talk openly about menstruation?