Could this explain one of the many reasons why homeless women have a lower life expectancy?
Beyond the emotional impact where the dignity for these homeless women is so far fetched are the concerns of their health. Without the ability to access sanitary products every month or the overuse of pads and tampons, these women are putting their lives at risk with the lead up to serious conditions including urinary tract infections, vaginal infections and skin rashes.
Urinary tract infections are caused by the micro-organisms or in other words, a bacteria called Escherichia, most commonly found in women. The UTI affects the urethra, bladder or kidneys. To gain a better understanding, every one has a urinary system which minimises any risks of serious infection in both kidneys. Some of the most common symptoms that show signs of the UTI is wanting to urinate more than usual, a burning sensation when urinating, feeling a full bladder even after urinating, pain developing above the pubic bone area and blood found in the urine (other than the menstrual flow).
The people at greater risk of developing UTIs are often women who are found to be sexually active, people with diabetes and homeless women. With the lack of public restrooms available for homeless women, they are often found holding in their urine leading to an increased chance of developing a UTI. With very minimal access to showers, homeless women don’t have the luxury of cleaning the vaginal area, especially during their most dreaded time of the month. It is not only vital to clean the area but also being able to change a sanitary pad once every six hours and a tampon once every two hours. While many of us can afford the opulence of having a warm shower, the affordance of sanitary products and the ability to read up on these diseases, it isn’t as easy for the women on the streets. If you’ve made it this far, keep reading to find out how you can possibly help these women out.
Vaginitis or otherwise known as a vaginal infection is once again caused by micro-organisms that cause discharge along with itching, redness and a burning sensation. The conditions that make it more likely to contract the infection is poor hygiene and the repeated use of the same underwear that is non-absorbent. By providing on the go showers like One Voice has, this can limit the number of homeless women contracting such an infection.
We hope that you can share this information and donate to existing campaigns such as Share The Dignity or the Sydney Period Project to decrease the chances of homeless women contracting any infectious disease.