“the higher prices that accompany the scarcity of period products will hit those who live in period poverty the hardest”
Inflation is hard on everyone but this writer was obviously focusing on a niche market.
The College Fix reports:
Student columnist laments the effects of inflation on ‘menstruators’
A columnist at the University of Oklahoma’s OU Daily is concerned about inflation’s effects on “menstruators” — or, if you prefer, “people who can become pregnant.”
“Tampons have taken a large hit,” writes Megan Pratt. Prices of tampons and menstrual pads rose 9.8 and 8.3 percent respectively between this January and the end of May, which is bad news for the 50.5 percent of the population that “can menstruate.”
Rylie Mansuetti of the nonprofit Period OKC told the Daily that “period products are already inaccessible to many menstruators, and the higher prices that accompany the scarcity of period products will hit those who live in period poverty the hardest.”
Mansuetti added that menstruating college students “aren’t able to focus as well as their nonmenstruating classmates” as they have to make sure their pad or tampon “last[s] as long as possible.”
Pratt notes there are alternatives to pads and tampons, such as menstrual cups and period underwear, the latter a popular item among menstruators who believe in “free bleeding.”
University Health Services is based out of Goddard, which is located near the Bizzell Memorial Library. They are well known for their “sexperts,” peer sex education, counseling options and access to hygiene products and medications alike.
In freshmen-level University College courses, Goddard often has their “sexperts” and health advocates give presentations on what resources are accessible to students at the university. These resources include: menstrual products, healthcare and contraceptives, such as Plan B and IUDs.
The PERIOD @ OU chapter of WHA is working in tandem with PERIOD to start a menstrual movement, according to both websites.
For those who do not have sanitary items on campus during a cycle, WHA provides products in most women’s and gender-neutral restrooms on campus. They are also working to destigmatize the conversations surrounding menstruation and health for people who can become pregnant, according to their website.
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