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What is period product insecurity?
Period Product Insecurity is lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. Many women start to menstruate between the ages of 12 and 13. Many women have spent decades coping with period product insecurity. Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products meant that 36 percent of surveyed women reported being employed part or full-time had missed one or more days of work per month due to their periods.
Cost & Health Risks due to Lack of Affordability for many girls, and Women
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 students Skipping School during Periods. Missing up to 145 school days.
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.