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Period poverty's shocking toll on young women.

Byline: ANNA BURNSIDE

GIRLS who experience period poverty at school are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression, struggle to pay their bills and have unfulfilling love lives in later life, a study has found.

Teenagers who can't afford sanitary towels and tampons miss out on education, which half of them believe affects their success, confidence and happiness as an adult.

Two thirds of these young women report being bullied. A lack of confidence, anxiety, depression and difficulty in socialising are some of the long-term after-effects they suffer.

Their money worries continue into adulthood.

on a future is shocking And asked to mark their love lives out of 10, the most common score for those who had experienced period poverty was 1, compared to 8 for those who had not.

The research was carried out by Always. Their period poverty spokeswoman Alesha Dixon said: "The effect on a girl's future is truly shocking.

"No schoolgirl should go without the daily essentials that she needs, and no woman should have fewer opportunities because of this.

"It's really important that we raise awareness and give girls the confidence to speak up, so that it does not negatively impact them as adults."

Always are donating one pad to a schoolgirl for every packet of Always Ultra bought before September 16.

The brand have donated more than 5million towels since getting behind the issue earlier this year.

They are also working with Red Box Project, who distribute sanitary products to schools across the UK.

Founder Anna Miles said: "It's just ridiculous that young women are missing school because they cannot afford sanitary protection and many feel so embarrassed about the issue.

"Tearful panics in the toilets should not be happening.

girl's "We are thrilled to be working with Always as the brand are playing a huge part in helping to make this the last generation of girls to suffer period poverty." Politicians at Holyrood are also tackling the issue. Earlier this year, they passed Labour MSP Monica Lennon's bill to outlaw period poverty in Scotland.

Starting next month, schools, colleges and universities will provide free sanitary products for students.

And a project to distribute free towels and tampons that was piloted in Aberdeen, and run by charity FairShare, has been rolled out over the summer.

The PS500,000 scheme will help low-income households to access free sanitary products and aims to reach 18,800 women across Scotland.

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Date:Jul 19, 2018
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