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You could always use toilet tissue as a pad or a cloth. Not the best option, but better than not eating
No, they should not. Before you think its because its only for women, therefore society not caring about this issue like the past couple of people, I do hope you realize water, something that is essential for all life is not free. Sure its limited, but pads and such also use our resources.
I have feelings about this issue. Because what happens when women get ther period and don't use pads or tampons? There is a term called free bleeding where women just openly bleed on stuff. That's a biohazard. What if they have HIV? You can't exactly force a woman to use sanitary products and while it may be very strange and outside of the social norm it's always an option. Would save us money too. So before you go on and say they shouldn't be free just remember they benifit everyone and not just the user.
#104 I completely agree that there is a necessity in using tampons and pads if one so chooses. However, your argument that someone could get HIV from someone free bleeding is completely irrelevant and wrong. 1. You cannot get HIV from just touching the blood of someone who has been infected. It literally has to enter your blood stream via some form of opening. 2. Most people look before they sit/touch something. Are you going to sit on/touch something that clearly looks like it has blood on it? Probably not. 3. Free bleeding doesn't mean you just 'bleed everywhere'... it actually just means you use different products instead of harmful shit that can poison your body (like shoving processed material up your vagina to ease the sensibilities of the masses). There are plenty of items out there that prevent the blood coming out from even getting past your clothes, let alone getting blood on everything.
It shouldn't necessarily be free, but it should be much cheaper. You can water basically for free because it's so cheap, and you can get condoms for free. Some stuff is free. Although if OP is that broke, she should be going to a food bank instead of buying food.
Might sound naive, but I didn't know people didn't stock up on these things before their supplies run out. Doesn't have to be like a massive crazy-couponer or doomsday-prepper stash- just one extra box of pads/tampons/liners will do. Sure, supplies can be pricey, and periods can be random, but I've never known one box to ever be the EXACT amount needed. I always saved the extras and bought more before they were used up- even budgeted for them in case and while I was unemployed. I've long since invested in a cup and reusable pads, but my stash is still scattered among my bathroom, purse, backpack, etc on hand to use for next time or to give to some other poor girl in need.
165- condoms are a form of birth control and they prevent they help prevent the spread of STD's. Tampons and pads are simply alternatives to prevent period leakage. Technically you can do without tampons and pads. I'm not saying free pads and tampons would be a bad idea, in fact it'd be a great idea, but as of right now they aren't doing that.
Invest in a menstrual cup. The cups are reusable and pay for themselves over just a few months.
#63, yes they are all that they are cracked up to be, and a lot of people just don't know about them. I've been using mine for over 10 years now and it cost me 17 Euros (less than 20$). Oh, and my severe cramps totally vanished, so between tampons and pain meds, the costs were even after two months. I realize that if you have problems with the thought of inserting something into your vagina, it's probably not for you. But then there are still cloth pads. If you are really tight on money, you can even make them yourself from old towels, sheets and cotton clothes.
My menstrual cup is literally the best thing that's ever happened to me. I forget I'm wearing it and I don't have the risk of TSS and I also don't smell like congealed blood. And mine was 30 dollars (yeah, steep price but I would rather have a quality product than a cheap, poorly made one) and it's already paid itself off (I have to buy a box of pads/tampons a month and I've had mine for 5 months, you do the math) and they hold a lot more than a pad/tampon. Overall, if the idea of putting a tampon in doesn't scare you, you likely won't have a problem with a cup.
I found cups to be uncomfortable to use - not because they felt uncomfortable, but because I don't like having to dig about for them and taking them out is messy as hell. You also can't really empty them in public unless there's a sink next to the toilet, you have to reserve a metal container to boil them in after a period, and overall I found them super impractical. I stick to my reusable pads, where you can change easily wherever you are and just chuck them in the washing machine when they've been used. Of course, this is irrelevant to the OP as she doesn't have the £30-60 to invest in any reusable menstrual products right now.
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Women dealt with periods before tampon and pads. You could use cotton wool (that was normal in my country before pads, and still used) or a piece of cloth.
I wouldn't say poverty is "the best thing you'll ever experience" but, as someone who used to be very poor, I will say that it is a valuable learning experience that fosters tremendous character development. I've said before I think everyone should experience poverty at some point in their lives for at least a little while. It makes you appreciate the things you have that many people take for granted, such as being able to buy food without worrying if your debit card will decline, or just having a place to sit down. It really puts things into perspective and allows you to be content. It also develops empathy for those less fortunate. I'd say that OP and others in poverty need to swallow their pride and ask for help. There's no shame in asking someone to borrow twenty dollars or so until payday, so long as you make good on your loan and pay it back. You'll be amazed at how kind and generous people can be when you give them the chance.
I agree. I see people who come from rich backgrounds and a lot of them are snobby people who take more than they give. Because they never had to ask for anyone's help, and they haven't experienced needing something they couldn't get, they've lost touch with generosity and humility. As a result of this, they hold themselves higher than those in need, and begin to even look down upon them. This only drives the divide between them further because they would then view giving them some help as stooping to their level. There are very important lessons in being impoverished. People who have everything hardly ever have true happiness. Only temporary enjoyment while their minds are occupied, and thinking that is happiness. People in poverty know what truly matters. But this is not to say that poverty is fun, or easy, or something everyone should do. It is a painful, melancholic droll. And that's what's so special about it.