Some women in less developed areas of the world don't have easy access to sanitary products and have to resort to some interesting alternatives.
Although there are still issues regarding the availability of sanitary products and whether they should or should not be taxed, they are commonplace in the developed world for the most part. However, even though we often think of and try to help with a shortage of food and drink in less developed countries, a lack of access to sanitary products is something that doesn't often cross our minds.
There are literally millions, perhaps even billions of women around the world who menstruate each and every month. The sad truth is, as recently reported on by The Guardian, is that many of those women simply don't have access to or can't afford your run of the mill sanitary products. That has led them to adopt some very different methods in order to manage their period.
Many women resort to using cloth, even if sanitary pads are readily available where they live. That's due to it being reusable so is not only better for the environment, but also a lot less costly than buying sanitary products every month. Lepera Joyce of Uganda explained that she tried using sanitary pads once, but it just proved to be far too expensive to do on a regular basis.
Due to the expense of sanitary products, Lepera opts to use goatskin instead. She uses cow ghee to wash it and does so in private since "no one is supposed to look at your blood." Of all the alternatives we have read about, however, cow dung might well be the most peculiar. Limpo from Zambia uses this out-there method due to how absorbent the dung is.
"I go about doing all sorts of things without any trouble. Once soaked, I carefully dispose of it privately," Limpo revealed. As with Lepera, Limpo explained that she has to dispose of her makeshift sanitary products in private as "it is not allowed that men see such things." As fascinating as these various methods are, it is truly sad that sanitary products are not readily available for free worldwide and women have to resort to these methods.