Guest of the program “C à vous” on France 5 on Monday March 6, Elisabeth Borne announced the reimbursement of reusable periodic protection for those under 25. To be reimbursed by social securitythese protections must be bought in pharmacies. No prescription will be necessary. This measure will be included in the 2024 budget.
Reusable feminine hygiene products come in three broad categories:
More and more women affected by menstrual poverty
This announcement by the Prime Minister comes as March 8 approaches, International Women’s Day. It is fight against menstrual precariousnessa “daily injustice, denounced Elisabeth Borne.
Menstrual insecurity is a reality that affects too many women.
It is a daily injustice.
From 2024, reusable period protection will be reimbursed by social security for women aged 25 and under. pic.twitter.com/ouTqqbG7xz
— Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) March 6, 2023
According to the latest figures from theassociation Basic rulesthe first to raise awareness on this issue (source 1), the number of women with period poverty has doubled since 2021 rising from 2 to nearly 4 million. Young people are particularly concerned: “Nearly one in two young women (44% of menstruating French women aged 18 to 24) have difficulty obtaining protection”. This finding is all the more alarming in that it comes at a time when the cost of living continues to rise. 1.2 million women questioned during this survey fear finding themselves in this situation over the next 12 months.
How much do the rules cost?
From the onset of the first period in adolescence (12 years) until menopause (51 years being the median age), there is an average of 39 years during which women need periodic protection every month. A monthly cost which amounts to 10 to 15 euros, i.e. 100 to 150 euros annually. An expense that can still increase in the event of an abundant flow.
Good to know: since 2021, many local authorities have installed distributors of periodic protections and free stamps in colleges, high schools and universities.
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