Menstruation Matters

It is our mission to address period poverty amongst women fleeing sexual abuse such as forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking.

We combat period poverty amongst BAMER abuse victims by letting them know that #MenstruationMatters

MM Roadmap

Understanding MM

Who we help?

Women in South Yorkshire who are primarily from BAMER (Black, Asian, mixed race, ethnic minority and refugee) communities and are fleeing sexual or domestic abuse such as forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking. 60% of the women we support are living in women's refuges.

Why we help?

These women are suffering "period poverty", which is when a woman or girl is unable to afford sanitary protection due to financial constraints. 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 infections and UTIs. We found that 73% of these women struggle to afford sanitary products on a monthly basis, 67% change protection less often due to affordability issues and 62% use unconventional items in their place.

How we help?

Thanks to monetary and physical donations we are able to provide these women with free menstrual products such as sanitary pads, tampons, pantyliners, menstrual cups, re-usable pads and feminine hygiene wipes. We also provide these women with educational pamphlets on menstruation and sanitary protection so women can 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% like vaginally inserted products. 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.

Who we are?

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