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Sanitary Napkins Can Help Improve Women’s Health, Education

The Atlantic: How Sanitary Pads Can Help Women Improve Their Health and Education
Betsy Teutsch, contributor

“…Many women living in poverty use rags, newspaper, or even mud to manage their menstrual periods. None of these work very well and can introduce infections or injuries; they also circumscribe women’s movement. … The demand for sanitary napkins is potentially huge. … An additional driver of sanitary napkin sales is the global campaign for governments and health ministries to provide schoolgirls with free menstrual supplies. The consensus is that this simple intervention helps prevent girls from dropping out of school after menarche…” (4/22).