Period poverty is when a person cannot access safe period products and/or appropriate facilities to manage their periods. This is an issue for people across the world and within the UK. There are many factors that contribute towards period poverty, including financial constraints, social and cultural stigma, and limited education. Shockingly, 1 in 10 young people in the UK are affected by period poverty, however during the pandemic this increased to 3 in 10 (Plan International, 2020).
Period poverty can affect people struggling with homelessness, asylum seekers, disadvantaged families experiencing food insecurity, workers without access to toilets, students struggling to afford period products and those who identify as transgender and non-binary, who cannot access toilets and safe products.