Menstruation Matters

It is our mission to address period inequality in our local community. We support abuse survivors of forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking.

Our outreach has been extended to school leavers, food banks and anyone who needs support within South Yorkshire, because #MenstruationMatters

MM Roadmap

Understanding MM

Who we help?

Originally we supported women across South Yorkshire who are primarily from BAMER (Black, Asian, mminority ethnic and refugee) communities and are fleeing sexual or domestic abuse such as forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking. Since 2019 we have extended our support to young adults such as school leavers and food banks within Sheffield.

Why we help?

The women we support are experiencing "period poverty" or "period inequity", which is when a someone who menstruates is unable to afford menstrual protection due to financial constraints or has reduced access to such items. Instead she may use items such as socks, rags, newspaper and toilet roll to stop the bleeding, or change sanitary protection less often, which can cause gynaecological or urinary infections. In our study, we found that 73% of BAMER women sampled in our local community struggled to afford sanitary products on a monthly basis, 67% change protection less often and 62% used unconventional items.

How we help?

Thanks to monetary and physical donations we are able to provide these women with free menstrual products such as pads, tampons, pantyliners, menstrual cups, re-usable pads and feminine hygiene wipes. We also provide educational pamphlets on menstruation and different forms of sanitary protection, enabling women to make informed choices.

How we donate?

With the help of our local Girlguiding the menstrual products and a chocolate bar are packaged into "love shoe boxes" for distribution. The girl guides then earn their "End Period Poverty" badges through learning to break down the stigma associated with menstruation and menstrual poverty. We donate more pads than tampons or cups because 73% of the women we support use sanitary pads as their preferred choice, and only 24% find vaginally inserted products acceptable. Reducing plastic waste is a high priority for MM but unfortunately certain products are not suitable for these women due to FGM, sexual abuse and cultural beliefs. This is why we've started a 'plastic neutral' scheme where we run reusable sanitary pad sewing workshops to teach the general public about sustainability and promote ecofriendly forms of protection.

Who we are?

We are a collaboration of university students and doctors from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trusts, who are passionate about supporting and empowering women in our local community to have a safe and hygienic period.