Homeless women explain how they cope with hygiene problems during their periods

The world is changing rapidly, technologies are growing at unprecedented speed, our lives are becoming more comfortable, but some things are the same. Despite all the benefits of the modern era, hundreds of thousands of people around the world remain homeless. In 2018, 552 830 homeless have been recorded in the United States alone, which is staggering. 17 people on 10 000 do not have their own homes and have been forced to live on the streets or in shelters.

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This problem has no age, race, or sex. The very young and the elderly, men and women, can also find themselves in the street. And every day, the poorest women face hundreds of difficulties. One of them is the menstrual cycle, a recurring monthly problem.

Homeless women explain how they cope with hygiene problems during their periods

In a world where comfort, regular hot showers and hygiene products are simply not accessible, these women have told how they are doing. To maintain good hygiene, many must appeal to all their creativity. While some take the easy way and just steal towels and tampons from the store, others use what they have, such as bath towels rather than tampons.

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Kailah has 27 years and has no fixed place of residence since 8 years. She says that menstruation is one of the most difficult problems because it causes a lot of discomfort and embarrassment. Sometimes you have to wash the stains of your only pants in the public restroom.

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To relieve abdominal pain, Kailah fetches hot water at Starbucks. An improvised bottle warmer brings a little relief. The woman prefers to make tampons with the material she has. According to her, they are more waterproof.

Only a person who has experienced the problems faced by homeless women can truly understand them. Nadya Okamoto was herself temporarily homeless. When she got out of her difficult situation, she started helping homeless women. Nadya organized a non-profit foundation that distributes feminine hygiene products to the homeless. Nadya's initiative has grown rapidly and the project is already operational in 13 country.

Maintaining hygiene during menstruation is essential for a woman's health. Nadya and her colleagues do a very important job. Let's hope that the funds will continue to flow and that life will be a little easier for women who have to live on the streets.

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