Galerstein Gender Center

Menstrual Equity

The October 29 teach-in on Menstrual Equity:  you can watch on YouTube here. 

You can check out Lara Freidenfelds’ book The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America from the UTD library.

UT Dallas is here for you!

Physical health concerns: Student Health Center

Mental health concerns: Student Counseling Center, @utdcounseling

Distributions and donations: Comet Cupboard, @comet_cupboard

Questions about menstruation and menstrual equity: Student Wellness Center, @healthycomets;

Galerstein Gender Center, @utd_gender_center

Many Comets Menstruate, Period!

Listen to your body and your health care professional to determine what menstrual products work best for you.


Step 1: Remove from packaging. If using an applicator, pull out the inner tube.

Step 2: Get in a comfortable position, and insert it into the vagina. Push the applicator in all the way so only the string is hanging out. You can use lube on the applicator or vagina if necessary.

Step 3: When you’re ready to remove it, gently pull the string. Throw away, don’t flush!

Make sure to wash your hands before and after handling menstrual products.

See diagram

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

What is it? TSS is a rare but serious infection linked to prolonged tampon use. Symptoms include fever, low blood pressure, vomiting, and rashes. Contact a medical professional if you are experiencing these symptoms.

How do I prevent TSS? Change your tampon at least every 8 hours.


Step 1: Remove any packaging, and place the sticky side on the center of the underwear.

Step 2: If there are wings, remove any backing so the sticky part is exposed. Then, wrap it around the outside of your underwear. This helps it stay put.

Step 3. Change every 4-8 hours. To change, remove it, wrap it up in toilet paper or the original packaging, and throw away. Don’t Flush!

See diagram

Know Your Flow: Color & Consistency

Flow colors: older blood is darker, fresh blood is bright red, light bleeding can be orange, pink, or yellow. Orange menstrual fluid can indicate infection. Consistency can include clots in heavy flow, jelly-like, no clots, or watery/thin during light flow.

1 in 10 people globally have been unable to afford menstrual products during their period.

UTD Sustainability, Menstrual Equity as a Sustainability Issue Menstrual inequity affects social, economic, and environmental components of sustainability at UT Dallas. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the holistic framework for sustainability in which we examine this challenge on our campus. How Can You Help? Donate reusable and single-use menstrual products to the Comet Cupboard! The Comet Cupboard also accepts monetary donations. Period Poverty is a challenge that targets vulnerable communities such as students, low-income and people experiencing homelessness, transgender and nonbinary people, and those who are currently imprisoned. Though poverty overwhelmingly affects menstruators, menstrual products cannot be purchased with food stamps, Medicaid, or health insurance spending accounts (Harris Insights & Analytics). Reusing products, using products for too long, or not using them at all can lead to infection other conditions that will require medical intervention. Lack of menstrual products causes menstrual stress and feeling shame (Harris Insights & Analytics). Mainstream menstrual products – commercial pads and tampons typically made of a blend of pesticide-treated cotton and rayon (wood pulp)— raise both environmental and health concerns (Boroski, Ann). More than 4 in 5 menstruators in the US have either missed class time or know someone who missed class time because they did not have access to period products (Harris Insights & Analytics). 79% of menstruators feel that they need more in-depth education around menstrual health (Harris Insights & Analytics). Anyone and everyone who menstruates needs to be included in discussions and decisions about their own health.

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