n South African Medical Journal - Better menstrual management options for adolescents needed in South Africa : what about the menstrual cup? : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: Providing forms of menstrual management to women and girls in need has been on the South African (SA) government's agenda for the past 4 years. A sanitary pads campaign launched in 2014 reported that almost nine million SA girls aged 13 - 19 miss time at school because of lack of sanitary products. In 2010, the World Health Organization reported that the lack of school toilets with privacy and facilities for menstrual hygiene contributes to sporadic attendance and drop-out among young women in Africa. Several other SA initiatives have focused on disposable sanitary towels, as the environmental impact of menstrual waste on sewage systems is considerable. Menstrual pads, tampons and rags routinely block pipes and joints, which is costly, takes time to resolve and imposes health hazards.

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