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The Facts. Period.
Being a young person is… FUN, SURPRISING, AMAZING, WEIRD, EXCITING, CONFUSING, AWESOME, EMOTIONAL …
Let’s face it, it can be overwhelming at times. For all of us. One of the very best ways to get some perspective and feel in control is to have some understanding of the things that puzzle or concern us. Here is a great place to get started. But it’s just a beginning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
This is YOUR body, your life, and the more you know, the better you can take care of yourself. If you have questions for which you just can’t find answers, reach out to us and we’ll try to help.
Guide for First Timers
Guide for Parents/Guardians
Talking about periods is embarrassing because for so long we’ve all made it that way! (We use some pretty silly words to refer to periods just so we don’t even have to say the word!) Our workshops offer a fun, low-stress environment where we make talking about periods (and saying the actual word) no big thing. Games and activities offer practical information, which is all most people need to feel more confident in managing and talking about menstruation.
Tampons and maxis and liners. Oh, my! We hope our guide will come in handy for you!
Resources & Facts
In 2016, we found that most people (like us) were not aware of period poverty. We also found that telling people what we learned shocked them and made them want to help us with what was then a little project we called, “Girls Helping Girls. Period.”
These days, we are very happy to say that more people are aware, in a teeny tiny way, because of the work we are doing, alongside some AMAZING colleagues. But there is so much more work to do.
If you really want to help… EDUCATE EVERYONE, NO MATTER THEIR GENDER! Here are some fantastic resources to get you started.
Can you use assistance programs to buy menstrual products?
While you can use SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to buy food items including bread, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products… you cannot use SNAP benefits to buy toilet paper, diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant or menstrual health products. (FYI, you can also use SNAP to buy sugary drinks, alcoholic mixers and bows/arrows in Alaska.)
How many teens in the U.S. live in Period Poverty?
According to the State of the Period 2021 survey of 1,010 U.S. teens who menstruate ages 13 to 19, period poverty “has jumped to nearly a quarter of all students (up from 1 in 5 in 2019).”
Since the pandemic, how many parents worried about their ongoing ability to afford period products?
The “It’s Time to Talk” report conducted by Always and Plan International, which was based on 11 studies fielded in the U.S. between 2014 and 2020, found that since the pandemic, more than 1 in 3 parents worried about their ongoing ability to afford period products.
How many American girls have missed school due to lack of period protection?
A 2018 Always brand survey found nearly 1 in 5 American girls has missed school due to lack of period protection.
How many students have struggled to afford period products?
23% of students have struggled to afford period products. Lower income students and students of color are more impacted by this problem than their white counterparts.
How many people have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need?
86% of people have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need. 34% went home immediately to get supplies.