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women, poverty, sexual health, sexual violence, period poverty, menstruation, United States poverty, Menstrual Equity Law, period education




Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products and inadequate education surrounding menstruation. Period poverty affects menstruators worldwide, including those in the United States. In a 2019 study, 64% of menstruators noted that they struggled to afford menstrual products within the last year. Stemming from the cost of products, stigmas, education, and the world pandemic, those who menstruate struggle to afford menstruation products and have adequate education on the subject. The effects of period poverty include effects on menstruators' physical and mental health as well as their productivity at work. Lawmakers are fighting to end period poverty with the Menstrual Equity Law. Reusable products are also becoming popular and affordable for menstruators to use, which is helping end period poverty in the United States.