Women should never feel apologetic when it comes to menstruation. Especially those who do not have the simple luxury of changing their pants, or taking a shower to cleanse themselves when needed. Women experiencing homelessness and/or poverty also lack the resources for medical help regarding other reproductive matters. This article candidly discusses what the unhoused female population faces.
A topic that many people ignore or forget when discussing homeless women is menstruation. Many women experiencing homelessness face many barriers when it comes to accessing these sanitary products. Tampons and pads are among the least donated items for women experiencing homelessness, and purchasing them in the store can be too expensive.
After almost 50 years, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. This federal law protected the rights of women across the country to receive an abortion. Now that many states will make abortion illegal, those who are marginalized, like people suffering from homelessness, will be without a crucial portion of necessary healthcare.
For many adults and families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence is very common. For some, it can be the immediate cause of homelessness. This is where homeless service programs play a huge part in helping those facing food and housing insecurity. Some survivors of domestic violence may turn to these programs for emergency or temporary housing after fleeing an abusive relationship, because they lack economic resources, and or friends and family to rely on.