Menstruation is taboo!

Friday May 28 was World Menstrual Insecurity Day.

Launched in 2014, world menstrual hygiene day aims to raise awareness of the importance of good hygiene during this delicate period of the female cycle.

In France, nearly 2 million women are confronted with this problem of menstrual insecurity. They do not have access to hygienic protection, in most cases for financial reasons. According to a communicated from the Minister of Health Olivier Véran:

“This situation undermines their dignity, hinders the integration of thousands of women in precarious situations and increases the risk of dropping out of school. It is also a risk factor for health in the event of insufficient renewal of protection. "

Each year, in France, these are 130 young girls who miss school almost once a month because they cannot afford sanitary napkins. This situation could worsen with the increase in precariousness among students due to the health crisis. Several CROUS and other university residences were equipped with dispensers of free hygienic protection at the start of 2021.

A cost issue

Every day, 300 million women have their period. However, few companies are interested in this sector to develop low-cost and non-toxic products. A market which is counted in several million euros. A woman has to pay between 4 euros or 10 euros for 40 years, from adolescence to menopause. In some developing countries, women tinker with their own hygienic protection with scraps of cloth. A situation which involves hygiene problems and risks of more or less serious infections depending on the regions of the world. The foundation One drop and the Indian industrialist Tata, have set up a menstrual hygiene awareness and access program in the province of Rajasthan.

Endocrine disruptors

Once the barrier of cost has been lifted, we must find good quality protection without toxic products. In recent years, several feminine protection products have been singled out for their danger to health. They would contain toxic products, including endocrine disruptors. The battle for free and healthy access to hygienic protection for women has not been won, but public and private initiatives are paving the way for better care.
In 2020, theScotland is one of the first countries in the world to have voted for free periodical protection. A breakthrough that must be able to appeal to other countries or miss classes will no longer be synonymous with menstrual insecurity.

Nina Charles

Find more articles on the topic of women on Spirituality, the magazine that brings together Christian women from the Francophonie.

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