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Four Out Of Ten Women Cannot Afford The Menstrual Product They Want

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According to one study, up to 22.2% of participants reported not having access to menstrual products at some point in their lives due to financial reasons

One in four women in Spain cannot afford a menstrual product of her choice for financial reasons, according to a study by the Jordi Gol Gurina University Institute for Research in Primary Care (IDIAPJGol).

 

The Equity and Menstrual Health study, financed by the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health, has been carried out on a sample of 22,823 women and also non-binary people who menstruate, who participated in an online survey carried out between March and July of 2021.

 

Among the main conclusions, the researchers found that up to 22.2% of the participants indicated that they had not had access to menstrual products at some point in their lives for financial reasons.

 

In addition, up to 39.9%, that is, four out of ten women, say they have not been able to afford the menstrual product of their choice.

 

The main risk factors for experiencing menstrual poverty were identifying as a non-binary person, having been born outside of Spain, residing in this country in an irregular administrative situation, and having a precarious employment situation.

In addition, more than 74% of the participants claimed to have overused a menstrual product due to not having access to a suitable place to change it and, among the most affected, are full-time workers.

 

According to the study, 42% of the participants reported having suffered menstrual discrimination on some occasion, mainly non-binary women.

 

18.3% of the participants claimed to have been absent from work due to problems with menstruation, while school absenteeism was 56.6%.

 

49.9% of those surveyed claimed to be able to access leave due to intense menstrual pain and 76.4% indicated the need to have flexible hours or telework for better menstrual management.

 

The probability of accessing health services to consult about the period was significantly higher in participants with a university education, while 57.8% of the respondents indicated that they had not had menstrual education or that it was partial before the first menstruation.

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