Free tampons? No, but we can do this instead for now...
I never really thought about it until just before writing this post, but paying for tampons and pads is a bitch. I mean, us women don't really have a say in whether or not we have a period, so why are we forced to buy the products required to not bleed all over the damn place? Could you imagine how it must be for women who are homeless and who can't afford to buy these items?
In this post, I want to share 5 suggestions on how I think we could make these items more accessible to those ladies who may find themselves in the unfortunate situation of no "Aunt Flow" protection.
Local heath departments offer free condoms, why not pads and tampons?
Why isn't this apart of the family planning program at local health departments? A number of the clients who utilize these clinics for family planning are already supplied with free birth control, STD testing, and pap screenings. What would it hurt to also offer pads and tampons to these individuals?
Companies should issue coupons to women for free products.
It's obvious that these companies are only in it for the money. If they really cared, they would be giving these things out for free. I remember getting free samples and coupons for pads in the mail when I was between 10-12 years old. I think that stopped back when we had that Anthrax scare. (Am I showing my age?)
Designate a "Tampon/Pad Lady/Location" at your workplace.
Have you ever started your period unexpectedly at work and realized that you have no tampon and neither does any of your female coworkers? Have you ever had to explain to a male supervisor that you needed to go home and change clothes because of your period? I've been there and I know countless of others have been there too. One way to avoid that embarrassment is to get with the ladies you work with and designate a go-to person who will have the goods when you need them. Also, instead of having an actual person, designate a location, like a drawer or a cabinet, for your female coworkers to get what they need. Take turns stocking your supply every week to ensure you don't run out.
Donate products to your local shelter.
Find out where a women's shelter, homeless shelter, or even group home is in your area and drop off a pack or two. Also, check with local charities that take clothes to see if they also will take feminine hygiene products also.
Leave extras when you use public restrooms.
Some restrooms have those quarter machines that are always empty when you really need a tampon. Keep extras in your purse and leave one or two at the bottom of those machines. I actually got this idea from a picture I saw posted on freethetampon.com.
Until we can get them for free, why not help each other out?
Let's talk about it!
Do you have any other suggestions? Leave your thoughts below!