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You Saved Me Foundation is excited to announce we now provide Free Period Products as well as Hygiene to anyone in
San Diego County regardless of gender or age. This is another game changer we are bringing to the San Diego Community. All Products will be available beginning May 18, 2022.
Most of the women had begun menstruating between the ages of 12 and 13 and have spent decades coping with period product insecurity. Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products meant that 36 percent of the surveyed women who reported being employed part or full-time had missed one or more days of work per month due to their periods.
Sanitary maxi pads, panty liners, tampons, heating pads, and other period products can be quite expensive, especially when you consider buying them every few months. People with periods spend at least $144 per year on products, but other estimates are as high as $300.
Lack of affordability and information have led many young women to use only one tampon per day or one pad for multiple days. When proper products are not available or affordable, women are often forced to use alternatives such as socks, dishrags and newspapers during their cycles.
Lack of menstrual hygiene can lead to very serious health risks such as Toxic Shock Syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
Many girls from low-income families around the world are skipping school because they cannot afford tampons or pads. Missing school during menstrual cycles has been a well-known pattern for years.
The stigma surrounding periods has been shown to directly affect a girl’s potential to succeed. If a girl misses school every time she has her period, she is set 145 days behind her fellow male students. Even then, most girls in the developing world choose to drop out of school altogether rather than face the embarrassment and shame of being unprepared for their periods.