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What is period poverty?

When a person cannot afford period products causing them to resort to alternate means to manage their periods.

  • 68% say they feel their period prevents them from full participation in activities2
  • 55% say they have missed school or work or have avoided social activities because of their period2
  • Nearly one in seven Canadian girls has either left school early or missed school entirely because she did not have access to period products3

Think it’s easy to get free tampons from homeless shelters or clinics? Think again.

And food banks are often challenged supporting the need for period products as pads, liners and tampons are not items at the top of donors’ minds4.

Period Poverty forces women to use whatever they have available.

Period poverty can lead women to using the same pad or tampon for an extended period of time. Wearing the same pad for multiple days may result in an infection. In addition, leaving a tampon in for too long can lead to health risks such as Toxic Shock Syndrome5.

In extreme cases, some women who can’t afford period products may resort to using items like socks, toilet paper, dirty clothes or newspapers which could also lead to infection6.

With your help, we can make period products more accessible for those in need.

Next time you’re making a donation to your local food bank, consider adding a package of period products.

Let’s all do what we can – because together we’re empowered, together we’re healthier, together we’re unstoppable.