What is Period Poverty?

Period poverty means not being able to access sanitary products, usually due to financial costs.

Period poverty can occur for many reasons, such feeling guilty about asking for sanitary products and the cost of people buying the products themselves. However, financial constraints are not the only reason this is happening. Living arrangements, family dynamics and embarrassment all contribute to the stigma behind it.

Menstruation is still a taboo subject in some households too, making asking for help more difficult. Being able to use items such as tampons and pads is a necessity. Without these items, women and girls can feel embarrassed, physically uncomfortable and may avoid leaving their homes whilst menstruating.