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Breaking Down the Stigma on Menstruation at Youngstown State University

Breaking Down the Stigma on Menstruation at Youngstown State University

Original article written by Tala Alsharif

Formed in the Spring of 2023, the PERIOD club at Youngstown State University raises awareness about menstruation and menstrual health.

YSU PERIOD Club President Divya Warrier started the club her freshman year with hopes of increasing conversations about periods.

“I know there’s a big stigma around even talking about it. We’re bringing that to the table and saying, ‘Hey it’s okay to talk about it — let’s talk more about it.’” 

Divya Warrier

Vice President Shruthi Datla said it’s important to make menstruation a topic that can be discussed without negative connotations.

“It’s important because … not many people want to talk about it,” Datla said. “It’s really important to make it something that we can talk about openly.”

Warrier said the club also brings awareness to issues such as period poverty, which refers to the inaccessibility of period products and menstrual education.

“Period poverty rates are really high,” Warrier said. “A lot of people aren’t able to afford menstrual products … to get them through their periods each month.”

PERIOD Club at YSU hosts drives to collect period products and donates them to community groups and partners in Youngstown. Last semester, they donated all products to an organization called the Ursuline Sisters, who work with the Youngstown women’s shelter Bealtitude House.

The period product drive was hosted from October 18 to November 6, where PERIOD collected disposable period products such as pads, tampons and panty liners. These period packages contained a week’s worth of hygiene products. 

Warrier said some of the club’s future goals are to donate to the Penguin Pantry and increase their product drives to one each semester. Warrier said she hopes to work with the Student Government Association, who worked to implement Aunt Flow dispensers in bathrooms on campus.

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