By Cara Tenenbaum
Despite the need for period products among all who menstruate, there are few policies addressing the associated financial burdens.
Monthly menstrual product expenses average $13.25 per month, according to one survey. These costs are prohibitive for some, contributing to the phenomenon known as “period poverty,” which describes a lack of access to period products due to cost.
Period poverty, like so many other health inequities, has gotten worse during the Coronavirus pandemic. This post addresses the challenges and opportunities to address period poverty at federal, state, and local levels.