Period poverty

Plastic pollution: Period products waste 'absurd'
Woman campaigns for eco-friendly menstrual products in fight against plastic pollution.
Period poverty in Namibia: 'Girls can't afford sanitary pads'
Some are using potentially harmful contraceptive injections, offered free, to control their periods.

Mother and daughter try to tackle period poverty on Teesside

A mother and daughter on Teesside are working together to tackle period poverty in a sustainable way.

Period of Change design and make their own resuable sanitary products for women across the region who are unable to access them.

Ruth Alexander and daughter Sophie give out their washable sanitary towels and moon cups at food and clothes banks.

Image of a tampon and a moon cup
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Could the menstrual cup eradicate period poverty in Kenya?

Ebby Weyime has created Kenya's first menstrual cup
Kenya is a pioneer when it comes to menstrual health management in Africa, being the first country in the region to give all schoolgirls free sanitary towels.

But local menstrual health educator Ebby Weyime thinks that a one-time donation of a menstrual cup would be cheaper long term - and that a reusable product would relieve the pressures of single-use products that damage the environment. 

She’s developed her own menstrual cup which she sells and donates locally – but to spread the word, she has to first tackle cultural taboo around virginity and menstruation. 

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Menstrual cups 'as reliable as tampons'

A health worker holding a menstrual cup
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A menstrual cup collects blood rather than absorbing it

Menstrual cups are "as reliable as tampons", a new scientific review has shown.

The research, published in The Lancet Public Health, looked at 43 studies involving more than 3,000 women and girls in rich and poor countries.

It found that menstrual cups are just as leak-proof as tampons and because they are reusable, are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Researchers believe that making menstrual cups available globally could help tackle period poverty and health problems such as infections, even where water and toilet facilities are poor.

An organisation in Malawi has already started giving out menstrual cups to girls which has improved their school attendance.

Read the full report here.

Saying "goodbye" to pads and period poverty, and "hello" to the menstrual cup