Monthly Sponsorship Support a Menstruator

Support a Menstruator

Only $12/month

A couple of lattes. One fast food lunch. A bottle of wine. Just one of these is all you'd have to give up in order to provide one person experiencing homelessness with the supplies they need to handle their period every month so they don't have to resort to toilet paper and rags that leak and cause infection.

The women featured below are real women living on the streets of Toronto. They generously and candidly participated in this project to give us a firsthand account of what menstruation is like when you don't have the means to purchase sanitary products.

They represent thousands of menstruaters currently experiencing homelessness that need our support. So please choose the story that resonates most with you and donate generously, through monthly installments of $12.

(Photography courtesy of Emily D Photography).

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Trisha

When I get my period I'll do anything to get my hands on pads or tampons usually I end up stealing. I'm not proud of it, but you do what you have to do. Lots of women use other stuff, but it just doesn't work for me. I don't get my period consistently every month due to drug use. To be honest, the months I don't get it are easier. One less thing to worry about, you know?

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Rose

There's a stigma about having your period on the street. We feel ashamed and worry about getting sanitary products. Many use toilet paper but in my experience it just doesn't work. I figured out that I could get pads and tampons from my doctor and a few other places, but most people don't know where to go. It would be such a weight off our shoulders to have the supplies we need.

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Amira

There's already so much to worry about on the street and our periods make it even worse. When I get mine, I usually use toilet paper, but it doesn't work very well. It soaks through way faster than a pad, and doesn't stay put, which causes leaks. When that happens to me, I go to the thrift store and steal new pants. I'm not proud of that but what else am I going to do?

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Rafael

I often use clothing, like old shirts and socks, to absorb period blood. I put three or four socks into another sock and use it for as long as I can, then throw it out. Or squish a roll of toilet paper down and use that. Nothing works very well though, so we end up leaking through our clothes. There's a lot of shame about that. My trick is to wear a pair of bicycle shorts over my underwear and under my pants so the sock or toilet paper doesn't fall out down my leg.

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