Systemic inequities in correctional facilities, like the inability to get period products, are critical in both addressing a healthy and safe quality of life and reproducing the dangerous hierarchies of power outside of prison walls.
Upon approaching some of my friends with the idea of buying reusable products, I started wondering why no one at my school talked about reusable products. I sent out a survey to my school to see who would want to use reusable products and if not, why wouldn’t they use those products?
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.
Recent testing raises a lot of questions and concerns about the impacts intimate care products are having on our bodies. Specifically, our testing looked at how products might be affecting the delicate balance of healthy bacteria (namely lactobacilli) in our vaginas.
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.
To keep these victories coming, we resolve to ensure you have the support, tools, training, resources, and actions that you need to create health and safety in your homes, bodies, workplaces, and communities. Ready to join us in building a powerful 2022?
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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.
Manufacturers of tampons, pads, cups and menstrual underwear are not required to tell you what ingredients they use to make these products ... but all that's about to change!
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.