The “luxury tax” on tampons and pads adds just one more layer of impossibly annoying barriers to hygiene for low income women.
The fact is that many women cannot afford tampons or pads and so they go without. They make the time-honored toilet paper tampon which is something all women have had to use at one time or another. That’s disgusting and degrading. It’ll do for an emergency but it should not be the only option for women who bleed after 10 days a month 12 months of the year. this is also something that has been used in prisons where officials decide that women can survive on one pad a day where 3 to 4 is what really suffices.