What is Period Poverty?

Power of Pants (POP) works in support of the British Charity, Bloody Good Period (BGP). For every 10 pairs we sell, we donate one to BGP, who distribute them and many other desperately needed menstrual products to those living in period poverty. If you haven’t heard of BGP, I encourage you to take a look at their website, follow them on social media, and support them in any way you can. Yup, they are bloody awesome.

The term period poverty refers to the lack of access to period products, education, and facilities that can lead to shame, discomfort, and health risks associated with menstruation. It is a pressing issue that affects millions of women and girls around the world. In this blog post, we will explore the devastating impact of period poverty.


Life without access to period products

First and foremost, period poverty can have serious health implications for those who experience it. Can you imagine dealing with a period without access to pads, tampons, cups, or period pants? Sadly, it does happen, and this leads people to have to resort to using unhygienic materials such as rags, newspapers, or even leaves, which can lead to infections, rashes, and other health issues.

The impact isn’t just physical. Period poverty can have a significant impact on education and economic opportunities. People without access to menstrual products may miss school or work during their period, which can lead to lower academic achievement and reduced job opportunities.


This is not just an issue with developing countries

The issue of period poverty is not limited to developing countries or low-income communities. In fact, period poverty is a widespread problem even in developed countries. In the United States, for example, one in four women struggle to afford menstrual products, and a recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of low-income women could not afford to buy menstrual products. Similarly, in the United Kingdom, one in 10 girls cannot afford menstrual products, and nearly half of girls aged 14-21 have missed school due to their periods.

Countries such as Scotland should be applauded.  They have made menstrual products free and accessible to all students in schools and universities. These initiatives not only address the immediate needs of those who lack access to menstrual products, but also help to normalise menstruation and break down the  stereotypes and biases.

Addressing period poverty requires a shift in societal attitudes and norms surrounding menstruation. It is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach to address. By providing access to menstrual products, education, and facilities, as well as working to break down stigma and shame surrounding menstruation, we can empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being. By working together, we can create a world where menstruation is no longer a barrier to education, health, and opportunity for all.


Have a look at our other POP TALK blogs.

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💋  What does Period "Equity" mean?

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💋 What is Menstrual Hygiene Day all about?

Together, we can work towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future for all.