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If You Menstruate And You Live In NYC, Listen Up

New York City schools, jails and homeless shelters will soon have free tampons, making NYC the first U.S. city to pass this kind of legislation.
Posted at 3:37 PM, Jun 22, 2016

Schools, jails and homeless shelters in New York City will soon have free tampons and pads on hand.

NYC is the first U.S. city to pass this kind of legislation, which moved through the city council unanimously.

Having a period is expensive. The Huffington Post estimates that supplies like hygiene products and ibuprofen cost about $18,000 over the course of a lifetime.

And for those who are homeless or in prison or for the majority of New York City's kids in public schools who come from low-income families, that time of the month can be daunting.

Beyond just the cost for students, having access to these products can help them focus more on their education and less on being embarrassed by a period.

New York's state legislature already joined a handful of states that ditched a sales tax on menstrual hygiene products in May.

This video includes clips from BBC and New York City Schools and images from New York City CouncilEric E Castro / CC BY 2.0Brad Cerenzia / CC BY 2.0Beth Van Dam / CC BY 2.0 and Frances Ellen / CC BY ND 2.0.