What is Period Poverty?

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Period poverty is a lack of access to menstrual products, facilities, and education. Globally, period poverty affects 1 in 4 women worldwide and is an international health issue. The lack of access forces women to use items like rags, newspapers, and plastic bags in replacement of sanitary products like pads and tampons.

Even in the United States, 30 states still impose taxes on menstrual products as they are considered “nonessential” goods. To increase affordability and access to menstrual products, we must first understand the full scope of how period poverty affects women worldwide and tools we need to change them. Check out the infographics below put together by Regis College’s Online Post-Master’s Certificate program.

View the rest of the infographic here.

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