Menstruation is a taboo topic all over the world, including the United States. There is a sense of shame and an “ick factor” that is inherent in the topic. Some people are so uncomfortable that they want to leave the room if menstruation is brought up.
The main reason that many women do not have adequate access to menstrual products is because of this taboo. For women in poverty, these products are costly, and there are few places to get them for free. Shelters are not able to provide enough menstrual products partially because of the taboo. They will gladly ask for clothing, food, and hygiene products, specifying soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, but they won’t ask specifically for menstrual products. Furthermore, these products aren't covered by food stamps. These products are not affordable and not recognized as a necessity, but women need them desperately.
Breaking the taboo can only lead to more access to menstrual products for all women.