The benefits of menstrual cups over pads and tampons for homeless women

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Healthier for you, your bag and your environment!

Comfort, cleanliness, convenience and leak-free! The words you all want to hear when that time of the month comes around.

Did you know that on average, a woman endures approximately 456 periods over the span of 38 years? Little did you know that you could be spending up to $12,000 (AUD) on pads and tampons and up to $23,000 (AUD) on the disposable products as well as pain relief, birth control, new underwear and of course, all the sweets in your lifetime.

One of the most difficult aspects to consider is how homeless women have limited access to health care and the life essentials of feminine hygiene protection where rag towels and toilet paper are used as alternatives and disposable products are not an option.

What could be the next solution to save these homeless women? Menstrual cups. 

menstrual cup is used to collect the menstrual fluid for up to 12 hours rather than absorbing it like a tampon or pad would. It is cleaned, reused and can last as long as ten years!

While the homelessness community struggle to access female hygiene products, Dive Cup are committed to supporting these women by offering the better solution of using menstrual cups over pads and tampons.

Saving money, holding more menstrual liquid, avoiding harmful additives that are used in tampons, being leak-free for 12 hours, odourless, lowering the chances of getting toxic shock syndrome and avoiding rashes are just some of the benefits that menstrual cups provide for women and more specifically, can be beneficial for homeless women in the long run.

Maybe it’s time to ditch the tampons and pads! Do you think menstrual cups are more beneficial for homeless women?

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The 5 difficult challenges homeless women face

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Can you imagine using a ripped cloth or towel to protect yourself from bleeding?

Doubt, struggle and shame are just some of the factors that tie together the shared experiences of the homeless commune.

For the women who are homeless, there are numerous challenges that only they know. From what it is like to be on their period with limited access to sanitary products to what it is like to go through the menstruation cycle without a restroom or shower to stay clean. All of which are services that are desperately needed by these women.

While many of us think homelessness is atypical, living on the streets is more common than you think. According to homelessness Australia, women make up 59% of people who have accessed homelessness services in 2014, which is equivalent to 85,000 people.

Here, we have 5 real challenges homeless women face on a daily basis:

1. Access to hygienic products is limited.
For homeless women, menstruation is not a choice and is a nightmare. Shelters in Australia are not often allocated significant funds to provide the homeless women with the sanitary products of tampons or pads. Homeless women are often found using a ripped up rag, public toilet tissue or a towel to protect themselves from bleeding, leading to the increased chances of an infection.

2. Access to maternal health care is very difficult.
Research has shown that the number of homeless women facing inadvertent pregnancy is higher than that of the estimated general population with far more complications that arise for both the homeless women and their children. While support services and homelessness accommodation is on offer, it is often believed that homeless women receive the care of lower standards with the lack of services to doctor’s appointments, medication and products needed to help their infants. 

3. Domestic violence is one of the biggest contributing factors to homelessness.
Domestic and family violence related homelessness is becoming a widespread issue in Australia, with 36% of the 187,000 people turning to homeless services as a result of this issue. It is notably becoming an increasing problem where 63% of women are not reporting domestic or family violence and as a result, fear becoming homeless and choose to stay in violent relationships over the idea of risking unstable housing.

4. Safety for women decreases.
Whether it is on the streets or in homeless shelters, there are far more homeless men which becomes a concern for women’s personal safety. How can they be helped? Women’s community shelters open their doors to homeless women, providing them with the support services needed to rebuild their self-worth and to reestablish their ability to take control of their lives once again.

5. Mental health problems are recorded for 1 in 10 women.
72-82% of homeless women suffer from mental illness, this includes anything from depressive disorders to the lifelong trauma of domestic or family violence. Keeping this in mind, homeless women are less likely to receive the right care and services they need to cure such illnesses. Red Cross is a compassionate organisation that leverages mental health support services towards the homeless women, incorporating a socially inclusive approach that removes the stigma of such issues.

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Why does a woman have to feel embarrassed to ask for a tampon or pad to protect herself from bleeding?

Speak Out for the Leak Out is dedicated to raising the awareness of hygiene for the homeless women.

Homeless women struggle each month with the lack of access to sanitary products, public friendly restroom usage and showers, increasing the risk of infections that weaken the immune system, potentially leading to the causes of cervical cancer.

This campaign believes that a difference can be made for the future of homelessness. Throughout the weeks of this campaign, you will see the alternatives to pads and tampons, the provision of bus showers for the homeless to maintain personal hygiene, the big ideas, values and movements that are here to help support the homeless communities, why the GST on sanitary products should be put to a halt, the stories of the homeless and possible solutions to end homelessness !

We hope that by the end of this campaign, we will be able to achieve the support of different organisations including some of the greatest including Share The DignityThe Sydney Period ProjectOne VoiceLava Mae and The Homeless Period, just to name a few.

With that said, stay tuned for more information on how you can help to make a difference by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!