Mooncups for women living in poverty

(13 Posts)
Albadross Sat 28-May-16 18:07:54

Does anyone know if anyone's campaigned to have free mooncups provided to women living in poverty in the UK or anywhere else?

They're not only a long-lasting solution for women who cannot afford sanitary towels and tampons, who are discriminated against routinely because they have to pay for being women having a normal menstrual cycle, but also eco-friendly.

ApocalypseSlough Sun 29-May-16 16:06:44

They are eco friendly but there are definitely issues around comfort and being patronising. There's not much dignity in being poor and having to use uncomfortable Sanpro rather than spending your own £1 in pound land for something yourself is definitely an issue.
There are some fantastic initiatives including this scheme if you want to help women access safe and comfortable sanitary protection.

Albadross Sun 29-May-16 16:09:08

I find mine much more comfortable than sanpro - it doesn't soak up all the good fluids that keep things clean up there. How is it patronising to have the option? I didn't say it should be forced on people

ApocalypseSlough Sun 29-May-16 16:21:46

I agree they're great and obviously many women do find them very comfortable and useful. But the logistics of buying them, distributing them and then the thought of a woman persevering although they don't suit but they have received it for free trouble me.

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InTheSandPit Sun 29-May-16 16:45:22

In the UK, possible,but a lot of yuck factor to get over.
I'm not in the UK at the moment. Most ladies I know stock up on tampons when they go home, as they are generally not available here (Middle East), as culturally they are taboo. Therefore towels are a better solution for much of the (Muslim???) World.
Fwiw, I'm a cup convert. Two people have expressed interest - not sure how but difficulty getting swim nappies morphed to a conversation on menstrual cups on the bus on day... But even if you got someone to try one, how many people stick with them??

Albadross Sun 29-May-16 17:42:04

I wasn't saying force anyone to use them, but this is another one of those things that people will eventually have to get over any yuck factor for simply because sanpro is so shitty for the environment. Sterilisation is easy - you just boil them in a pan of water. So if you have fire and water you're all set. I also really hate the idea that anyone finds periods yuck for what I hope are obvious reasons. I think all sanpro should be free, but when you compare a mooncup with a lifetime guarantee and sanpro which can only be used once and costs money every month, it would seem to make sense that people are at least encouraged to try one. I actually bought a mooncup I'd had DS and had a shocker of a time using it - I ended up getting a refund. Then after DS I tried a Femmecup Lite that lasts 12 months. It was smaller and thinner/more flexible and I'm now converted.

Albadross Sun 29-May-16 17:43:14

That was meant to say 'before I'd had DS'

meditrina Sun 29-May-16 17:49:53

You could trial it in UK by supplying them to foodbanks, and then ask for feedback in whether many have been taken.

I would not attempt to do this internationally - I think it is something each country needs to sort out for itself in light of its own cultural practices.

And the biggest thing that might make a difference are initiatives like these www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34925238 "The unlikely sanitary pad missionary" who is making a difference both to the experience of menstruation for displaced women and girls in refugee camps, and also to women's role in the local economy by providing the means of manufacture.

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EdithWeston Sun 29-May-16 18:17:19

www.wateraid.org/uk

A good charity to support before you can base anything on the assumption that adequate water is available.

nomoretaboo Sun 23-Oct-16 17:59:27

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