Having Your Period in Prison is Basically the Worst Experience Ever

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Ask any woman and she'll agree that having a period amounts to one extended pain in the you know what. Unfortunately, many female prisoners experience difficulties during their periods that go far beyond the typical monthly discomforts of cramps, PMS and bloating. According to an article published on Attn:, a large part of their issues can be attributed to the fact that incarcerated women often have limited access to feminine hygiene products.

The website cites a letter written by a female inmate in Washington that summed up her horrifying recollection of menstruating while behind bars. She describes "bleeding in prison" as a "messed up experience." She continued, "It is an experience that either intentionally works to degrade inmates, or degrades us as a result of cost-saving measures; either way, the results are the same. Prison makes us hate a part of our selves; it turns us against our own bodies ... Most people in here describe having your period in prison as one of the worst things about being locked up. It creates stress and uncertainty due to the conditions that we have to deal with."

In addition to product shortages, another female inmate wrote that the number of female prisoners who can't afford their own sanitary supplies grossly exceeds the number of those who are able to purchase their own, claims that were was supported by a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan last year.

While women who are on the outside can actually toy around with the idea of giving period panties a try and using Apple to track their periods, it's extremely disheartening to know that there are female prisoners who face such a dehumanizing struggle to attain what women everywhere surely consider a basic necessity.


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