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Homeless Women and Their Periods.

How do homeless women in the United States deal with their periods, and what can we do?

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Homeless Women and Their Period.

Homeless women are using socks, old rags, paper, and other unsanitary products to deal with their menstrual cycle. If the cost of an average woman’s lifetime period product supply is $18,000, how do we expect women living on the streets to be able to afford even the basic needs all women deserve. I want to create a product that can be easily distributed to shelters without having to depend on donations to provide feminine hygiene products.

Let’s Look at the Facts

"The FDA is not required to regulate feminine hygiene products, which has led to recent public concerns over the risks of conventional tampons. Still, as HuffPost reported last year, such concerns are "more indicative of a skeptical consumer base than supported by medical opinion."
Krithika Varagur, Associate Editor of the Huffington Post.

So what does this mean for the thousands of women living on the streets in this country? The United Kingdom has started movements to help this cause, such as TheHomelessPeriod.com. U.S organizations have been created, yet donations still fall short and this is still a tremendous issue.

  • Here is a video made by the U.K organization, The Homeless Period.

https://youtu.be/egDmmfKj7Zs

Ideas

I’m looking for ideas to help create a sustainable, cheap product that can help homeless women stay healthy. Some examples are:

  • Reusable Rag
  • Cheap to make- Menstrual Cups

Join my project, or link in some ideas to help this cause!


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