Free period products now available in Limerick in fight against period poverty

Ann Mason, GOSHH manager.

FREE PERIOD products are being provided to those who need them in Limerick in an effort to stamp out period poverty.

GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV), in conjunction with Mid West Simon and the HSE, are providing free period products as part of a HSE national campaign.

The HSE Period Dignity Scheme is designed with a view to ending gender inequity, reducing stigma around menstruation, and addressing the challenges people face around access to menstrual hygiene products and education.

Period poverty is an issue that affects people from all types of backgrounds and has the potential to affect anyone.

It can affect people struggling with homelessness, asylum seekers, low income families, workers without access to toilets, sex workers, students, and those who identify as transgender and non-binary, who cannot access toilets and safe products, a representative of GOSHH said.

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Anyone who would like to avail of this new service can visit GOSHH’s office on Davis Street in Limerick City and ask for ‘a pack’.

Each pack includes enough day and night sanitary pads for a 7-day menstrual cycle as well as fragranced disposal bags for hygienic disposal, and information about menstruation.

A recent Government report found that the overall annual cost of period products for individual women, including pain relief, can be estimated at a minimum of €121.