Social Barriers and their Affects on the Availability and Accessibility of Menstrual Products

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VanSickle, Emma
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Johnson, Jeremy
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2023-04-28
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Social Barriers and their Affects on the Availability and Accessibility of Menstrual Products
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Objectives: To review current literature to determine the effects of social barriers on menstrual products and menstrual health on women and individuals who menstruate. Methods: Literature was gathered from PubMed and CINHAL databases and assessed for association between menstruators, menstrual products, and accessibility. Results: The overall findings based on the information found were consistent with the conclusion that social barriers have large impacts on the accessibility of menstrual products to individuals who menstruate. All studies and literature supported the results and further explained the issues surrounding menstrual health across multiple countries. Conclusion: Menstrual health and hygiene should be seen as “health-related necessities” and yet those who are homeless, have a disability, or are from countries where menstrual health is not seen as a necessity, have difficulties accessing reproductive health care and menstrual products. By changing the stigma and social normalities surrounding reproductive health and menstruation, more individuals can gain higher education, feel more comfortable and confident during their periods, and gain higher access to menstrual products and necessities.
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Public Health