As the cost of living crisis intensifies, one in eight Britons says they'll struggle to afford period products over the next year. This is an alarming rise – around twice as many – from the one in 16 who've struggled to afford them in the past year.
Disappointingly, the poll also found that nearly a third of people in the UK have never even heard the term "period poverty". Among men who don't menstruate, this figure rises to a frankly quite embarrassing 42%.
Free period products are also available in schools and at almost all food banks – you can find out where your nearest food bank is here.
Since last August, free period products have also been available to anyone who needs them in all branches of Morrisons. Simply go to the customer service desk and ask for "Sandy" or a "period product pack". You'll be given a discreet brown envelope containing two sanitary towels without any further questions or any charge.
And as Twitter user @frankiesnotaboy noted this week, people in Ireland can access free sanitary products in a similar way by signing up for the Lidl Plus app.
btw if you sign up with the Lidl plus app you can get free sanitary products every month! period poverty is already getting so much worse with inflation so this is a rly good option— moo (@frankiesnotaboy) September 12, 2022