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Period poverty: five minutes with . . . Eleanor Wilson

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 03 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2913
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The Glasgow University medical student explains why she called for the universal provision of sanitary products, including for hospital in-patients, at this year’s BMA annual representatives meeting

“Period poverty is something that doctors will rarely hear about but they will frequently treat patients who experience it. It can be horrible to experience; isolating, upsetting, degrading, and it can really impact on a patient’s dignity.

“If a woman can’t access sanitary products it can have a massive impact on her self esteem and mental health. So, as a doctor, if you …

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