Menstrual Hygiene | St. Louis Public Radio

Menstrual Hygiene

Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County jail will now provide inmates with better menstrual pads and tampons free of charge.

County Executive Sam Page last week signed an executive order making the change after a survey from the nonprofit Missouri Appleseed found inmates couldn’t afford the products they needed.

(Jan. 24, 2019) (L-R) Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Jessica Adams and Angie Wiseman joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss period poverty in the region.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

A report published in the latest issue of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology surveyed low-income women in St. Louis and found that nearly two-thirds of them can’t always afford pads or tampons – often resorting to rags, diapers or paper towels. This is referred to as “period poverty.”

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh delved deeper into the issue with Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, associate professor of behavioral science and health education at St. Louis University, who led the study.

“Sixty-four percent were not able to afford needed period products in the past year … And we found that for about 20 percent of those women, this is something that they faced every month,” Kuhlmann said.