Dr. Jhumka Gupta is an associate professor at George Mason University and studies the mental health impact of period poverty. 1 in 10 women struggle to afford menstrual hygiene products each month.
"Period poverty is a common yet hidden and stigmatized public health issue in the United States and globally," explains Gupta. "It can reduce women's participation in school and in the workplace. Our findings document the pervasiveness of period poverty among college-aged women and underscores the negative mental health implications. It is thus critical that we provide support to women and other menstruators in obtaining such basic necessities during menstruation."