I was in two minds about writing this post. My initial thought was “People won’t want to read that, they’ll think the topic is gross.” Funnily enough though, once I’d shaken off my stupidity and immaturity, these thoughts led to me wanting to write about it more. If you think the topic is gross, I think you need to question your thoughts. There’s probably people who will read the first line of the next paragraph and close the browser straight away – this only encourages me.
I’d never heard of ‘period poverty’ before. I first came across the term a few months ago. I think it is really easy to not consider the struggles others may face if you’d never come across it – I’ll openly admit that myself. Period poverty occurs worldwide, even in the UK. There are staggering numbers of females out there who do not have the funds to purchase tampons and sanitary towels – something most of us take for granted. Reports and surveys have shown that there are young girls out there who use a sock as a last resort. This is happening in the UK, one of the richest countries in the world. How is this still a problem?
I’ve always had problems with periods. Too frequent, too heavy, too painful. I have always been fortunate enough that through these problems, I have (or my mum on the earlier occasions) been able to afford sanitary products. I’ve also been fortunate enough to pop along to my GP and be prescribed pills to balance out hormones, give me stronger painkillers, have scans to make sure everything is OK. I can’t imagine having to go through those fears and confusions alone. I’ve been informed as to what is actually going on with your body when you have your period, and that it is a natural (but maybe a bit of a nuisance at times…) part of life. It saddens me to know that not every female has the same experience. In fact, it’s quite far from that.
1 in 10 girls have found themselves unable to afford sanitary products.
With those figures alone, it is absolutely mad to think that in 2018 there is still such a stigma surrounding periods. If the stigma continues, the number of individuals and charities out there in desperate need of funding and resources will only worsen. If we do not speak about things such as period poverty, how can the situation improve?
There is a whole bunch of things we can do to stop this. First and foremost (and something I’ll always encourage in my posts) is that we need to talk about it. Shying away from periods and dismissing them as being ‘gross’ won’t help matters. This applies to everyone, men and women. Periods are natural, and a normal part of life.
Secondly, there are SO MANY CHARITIES OUT THERE WHO NEED OUR HELP! I’m going to post a link to their pages at the bottom. There are more than this about, so please further your research. They all need our help, through donations of products or money.
I really genuinely do hope that this blog has opened people’s eyes to what period poverty actually is. As I’d mentioned before, I didn’t have a clue about it myself. Sharing this blog will really create awareness, so please please share. If you can, donate too!