Florida schools will no longer ask student athletes to share their menstrual histories for high school sports, after months of opposition from parents, doctors and advocates.

On Thursday, the board of directors of the Florida High School Athletic Association voted 14-2 in an emergency meeting to adopt a proposal That removes questions about a student-athlete’s menstrual history from the state’s preparticipation physical evaluation form.

Until now, the form included five optional questions about a student-athlete’s menstrual history.

The issue became the subject of controversy after the athletic association’s sports medicine committee last month recommends that questions be mandatoryaccording to The Palm Beach Post.

Additionally, the Palm Beach County School District announced that this school year, student-athletes would be able to submit the form digitally through sports management software company Aktivate. The Palm Beach Post reported. but the platform Privacy Policyand federal lawcould require you to turn over the data to legal authorities or other officials if they have a valid subpoena.

Some parents and critics argued that requesting menstruation information from students and storing it digitally would violate their privacy, particularly at a time of heightened debate and concern over regulations relating to women’s bodies following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Other Opponents feared the questions could be used to target trans and non-binary athletes who play on teams that align with their gender identities.

Now, however, the newly adopted form will not ask student-athletes about menstruation, but instead will ask them to fill out questions about their medical, surgical and emotional history. Those pages will be kept by a health care provider, parent or guardian, not by the school.

A page detailing a student’s medical eligibility to play sports, also without menstruation questions, will be completed by the student-athlete or her parent or guardian and submitted to the school.

This page may also be completed by a health care provider if a student athlete is referred for further medical evaluation prior to receiving clearance to play sports.

The new rules follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. guidelines for physical evaluation forms for student-athletes, which state that a medical eligibility form it is the only one that needs to be shared with schools.

At least 44 states currently require or optionally ask student athletes about their periods, according to an analysis. made by LGBTQ sports news site Outsports.

Florida’s new politics, according to the board of the athletic associationaims to «provide an updated PPE form that protects the privacy of a student-athlete while including pertinent medical information that a health care provider at a member school would need to access.»

Before Thursday’s vote, an athletic association official read emails the organization had received from the public urging it to remove questions related to menstruation. Some argued that the questions were «intrusive» and constituted a «breach of privacy». More than two dozen members of the Florida House of Representatives also sent a letter to the board asking why it was necessary to ask student-athletes about their menstrual history. according to a document obtained by The Palm Beach Post.

Some public comments were hostile toward board members, suggesting they wanted to police young women’s periods or prevent some students from participating in sports.

“Nothing could be further from the truth, that we are trying to disrupt girls’ participation in schools,” said board member John Gerdes, who noted that 129,000 girls participated in high school sports in the state last year. . (The organization did not provide statistics on transgender and nonbinary participation in high school sports in Florida.)

Several board members said they didn’t want their own daughters, who are student athletes, to have to share their menstrual history on the forms.

The doctors say that while the menstrual history provides important information for physicians, including, for example, a patient’s risk of triad of female athletesa disorder that can cause reproductive, bone, and cardiovascular problems; schools are not required to collect such information.

“Having a menstrual history is very important; Whether it’s very important to get it on that form is a different question,” Dr. Thresia Gambon, president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, previously told NBC News.

Jenn Meale Poggie, a Florida mother of three, said she was happy with Thursday’s decision, calling questions about menstrual history «a complete violation of privacy.»