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Menstrual Product Insecurity Resulting From COVID-19‒Related Income Loss, United States, 2020.

Sommer, Marni, Phillips-Howard, Penelope ORCID:, Gruer, Caitlin, Schmitt, Margaret L, Nguyen, Angela-Maithy, Berry, Amanda, Kochhar, Shivani, Gorrell Kulkarni, Sarah, Nash, Denis and Maroko, Andrew R (2022) 'Menstrual Product Insecurity Resulting From COVID-19‒Related Income Loss, United States, 2020.'. The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Vol 112, Issue 4, pp. 675-684.

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To identify key effects of the pandemic and its economic consequences on menstrual product insecurity with implications for public health practice and policy. Study participants (n = 1496) were a subset of individuals enrolled in a national (US) prospective cohort study. Three survey waves were included (March‒October 2020). Menstrual product insecurity outcomes were explored with bivariate associations and logistic regression models to examine the associations between outcomes and income loss. Income loss was associated with most aspects of menstrual product insecurity (adjusted odds ratios from 1.34 to 3.64). The odds of not being able to afford products for those who experienced income loss was 3.64 times (95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.14, 6.19) that of those who had no income loss and 3.95 times (95% CI = 1.78, 8.79) the odds for lower-income participants compared with higher-income participants. Pandemic-related income loss was a strong predictor of menstrual product insecurity, particularly for populations with lower income and educational attainment. Provision of free or subsidized menstrual products is needed by vulnerable populations and those most impacted by pandemic-related income loss.( 2022;112(4):675-684. (

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Respiratory Tract Infections. Respirovirus Infections > WC 506 COVID-19
WP Gynecology > WP 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Tracy Seddon
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 09:34
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 09:34


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