HSE Period Poverty Pilot across Galway City
What is period poverty?
Period poverty describes the lack of access to proper menstrual products and the education needed to use them effectively. This can mean not having appropriate access to the products needed during a period, such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, or pain relievers to help with cramps.
People may not have access to these products because of cost, or because of social or cultural reasons.
The potential adverse consequences of period poverty for women, girls, intersex, trans and non-binary persons who menstruate are widely accepted and can include exclusion from schools, work and activities of daily living during menstruation and physical and mental health impacts from the use of unsuitable period products.
People who experience homelessness, those from low income households and people living in Direct Provision are some of the most likely to experience period poverty.
To learn more about periods and menstruation, visit HSE Health A to Z: Periods
For more information for young people, visit Spunout: Everything you need to know about your period
Lidl Ireland in partnership with Homeless Period Ireland offer free period products in stores nationwide to women and girls across the country affected by period poverty. Register for the Period Product Support Programme here.
Read the 'Period Poverty in Ireland: Discussion Paper Period Poverty Sub-Committee, National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017–2020'.
In 2023, the Department of Health (DoH) and HSE supported the provision of free period products for the Traveller Community, the Roma community and vulnerable groups, Local Authorities and non-governments organisations providing services for those living with addiction, homelessness, consistent poverty and other vulnerable groups.