A Women's Health and Being "Period Poor"
As a man, I don't have to handle the monthly health affects of menstrual periods. That blindspot made me unaware of the issue of being too poor to afford the supplies to deal with this. My local public radio had this story which I found informative.
Imagine that first you can’t afford to keep your water on, or your electricity. You’re already struggling to find or keep a job. Every month, you have menstrual periods. One or more of your children might, too. Where do you find room for sanitary pads and tampons in the budget? How do you focus on taking care of yourself, getting a new job or a more stable home? If you’re homeless, how do you find a way to get hygiene products without money?
That’s what Donna Kaucic started wondering as she worked with families at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation, a non-profit agency that offers services to address poverty in Jefferson and Franklin counties. So Kaucic started what became the Secret Challenge, a grassroots effort to collect sanitary pads and tampons, then donate them to local shelters and food pantries in Jefferson and Franklin counties."
Questions then for the women among us, have you encountered this yourself or in others. What safe alternatives are there?