Free of charge period products

I have seen two of these recently. One dispensed only tampons, and the other one dispensed both pads and tampons. All are free of charge.

There have been on-off discussions over the years in Sweden as to whether sanitary products should be free of charge. Whenever this topic comes up there tends to be a backlash with men saying ‘if period products are free, then razors should also be free’. I am not sure how I feel on the matter, particularly as there are now more sustainable products available, such as menstrual cups, period panties, and reusable products, which are way cheaper in the long run.

You push the silver button and a tampon drops down. In order to have enough tampons for everyone, it will not dispense another tampon for a few minutes.
Summary: The landlord of our offices was one of the first 100 companies in Sweden to introduce a dispensing machine for sanitary products, thus working towards gender equality.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. I think that free menstrual products should be readily available in secondary schools and colleges/universities where the poorer in our society often have to take time off every month when they have their periods.

    1. That is a great idea! I was thinking about companies because I had seen this example, but it would be excellent and very important to have this in schools!

  2. I’m also a bit on the fence on that one. I can see why they could/should be made available for free but I also understand that it might not be possible. I give English classes in a company and they have free period gear in the ladies room and I think this is really fantastic and should be done in all companies. And also pads and tampons should be available for homeless women in the places that distribute food, but I guess this is probably something that is more common.

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