Menstrual cycles have always been a part of a menstruator's biological make-up for generations and generations. Menstrual products were invented not for luxury but out of necessity; the lack of access low-income menstruators face is a burden they should not have to deal with.
- Globally, an estimated 500 million people who menstruate lack access to menstrual products and hygiene facilities.
- In the U.S., there are approximately 16.9 million people who experience periods living in poverty.
- Research shows that 2/3 of women in the United States with a low income can't afford menstrual products.
- Out of the 16.9 million menstruators in the U.S., 14.2% had experienced period poverty in the past year. An additional 10.0% experienced it every month, based on a study involving college-aged individuals who menstruate.
- Research shows that 68.1% of menstruators who experienced period poverty had symptoms of moderate-to-severe depression. They also had higher rates of depression than the participants who did not experience period poverty.
You can join Girlish Social Mission (GSM) in our Period Positive Initiative to help end period poverty by; gifting your funds online, giving your time as a volunteer, donating menstrual products to create menstruation stations in local schools, becoming a partner with GSM to spread the cause, educating others by sharing our website and social platforms, and more!
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