Companies provide little to no menstrual hygiene products in the work place
Strenuous work can cause unexpected periods. Being prepared for menstruators in the workplace can increase company morale, production and positive effects on women’s health. When needs are unmet, presenteeism can play a big role in productivity.
Effects of Absent menstrual products
- 14% Absence
- 80% decrease in productivity
- 33% Average loss of productivity
- 1 in 7 women have taken time off at work during their period.
Normal Period disruptors:
- Stress of travel
- Climate change
- Disruption of sleep
- Long haul trips
Businesses of the travel & hospitality industry have a duty to meet the needs of their customer, by staying better prepared when it comes to providing menstrual hygiene products to their largest customer base.
Travel & Hospitality
Regardless of star rating or price point, hotels rarely provide feminine hygiene products, according to the cater.com. Women make up 64% of the global travel industry. In the US alone, there are over 3500 airline fleets, 19,000 airports, 314 cruise ships, 300 trains on the Amtrak rails. There are over 90,000 hotels in the US. During the pandemic there was an increase in road trips, attending crowds with health and safety being a top concern. There are over 152,000 convenience stores in the US catering to this demographic.
Women in Sports
Irregular periods are common in athletes. Hormonal fluctuation during the menstrual cycle can negatively affect an athletes performance. 75% of athletes experience negative side effects due to menstruation with stomach cramps being a common physical symptom. In the US, women’s sports include 4.4 million high school athletes. 221K NCAA Athletes and 675 Professional Athletes. Worry, distraction regarding fear of flooding through clothing is just more added stress..
Effects of the menstrual cycle:
- 75% of athletes experience negative side effects due to menstruation.
- 80% of athletes most prevalent physical symptoms included stomach cramps.
- Reduced energy.
- 37% experienced heavy bleeding and flooding.
- Worry, distracted regarding flooding fear of bleeding through clothing.
- Menstruators comply with social pressures to conceal their periods
Whether it’s hiking, camping, biking, or operating in an austere military environment. Strenuous work can cause unexpected periods leading to distraction and worry of flooding through the clothing. Reduced energy levels and general discomfort can be a cause for concern. At femPAQ, we feel a sense of duty and pride by helping businesses become fully prepared to support our menstruating heroes in the military, as well as those who like to let their hair down in the great outdoors.
Women in the Field (outdoor community & military)
Improvising when feminine hygiene product options aren’t available is common to those in the field. 66% to 86% of military women surveyed wanted the ability to stop their period during deployment.
Being distracted in an unknown environment can be devastating while in the field