The laws include eliminating the menstrual tax, making menstrual products more accessible by requiring them in schools, prisons, correctional facilities and shelters; and addressing the safety of these products by requiring ingredient disclosure.
The hygiene products at public schools are either poorly made or there are none available at all. If you suffer from period cramps, the nurses’ best solution might be to just give you an ice pack and hope you feel better. That is the unfortunate reality we have in our schools today.
To better address period poverty and menstrual hygiene management within the United States, there needs to be more emphasis on menstrual and sexual education to help menstruators prioritize their period and take care of their reproductive health.
Along with the burdens that both men and women must carry in order to survive whilst in these camps, like food and shelter, many women have an additional strain placed on them –– caring for their periods.
Shockingly, almost 1 in 4 teenagers in the U.S. report lacking access to period products. During COVID, 1 in 10 college students were unable to afford period products.
Article after article droned on about the importance of “freshness”, “smelling like a rose”, and an overwhelming sense of - “if I don’t wash with THIS cleanser, and wipe with THIS brand, and douche with THIS tool, my boyfriend will think I am gross and smelly and leave me!” ...
Help expand the reach and understanding of menstrual equity in your community by leading your own OSOF workshop! Learn more in this month's Period Health News.
The work to achieve menstrual equity continues with policies being introduced on the state and federal level to increase access, affordability, and safety of period products.