Period Poverty in the USA

What we know about Period Poverty in the USA

At a glance some period poverty facts from the US only:

  • 500 million people lack access to menstrual products and hygiene facilities.
  • 16.9 million people who menstruate in the US are living in poverty.
  • Two-thirds of the 16.9 million low-income women in the US could not afford menstrual products in the past year, with a half of this needing to choose between menstrual products and food.
  • 14.2 % of college menstruating people in the US had experienced period poverty in the past year.
  • 10% of menstruating college students experience this monthly.2
  • Tax on menstrual products in the US ranged from 4.7% to 10% in 2019.2

Lack of data and limited research on period poverty is a challenge.2 More research and engagement are called for.

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Journal of Global Health Reports

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