Period Poverty and How to Solve It

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This article discusses the concept of period poverty–when someone can’t afford to access menstrual products, clean and sanitary facilities, or accurate information about menstruation–both in the United States and around the world, with a focus on affordable menstrual products and the experiences of young menstruators.

“The issue of inaccessible period supplies has only been made more dire during the pandemic. To mark the nation’s second annual period poverty awareness week, advocates for menstrual equity and legislators are pushing for revised education on reproductive health that includes menstrual health, and they want approval of increased access to period products — including the removal of taxes — for students, incarcerated individuals and those who are experiencing homelessness.”