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Women in Arizona State Prison Would Have to Work 27 Hours Just to Get a Box of Tampons

...Several men on the committee wondered why they were debating menstruation. According to Arizona Central, Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence, the committee chairman, said, “I’m almost sorry I heard the bill.” He added, “I didn’t expect to hear pads and tampons and the problems of periods.”

Arizona is not alone in this fight. A handful of other states—including Maryland, Virginia, and Nebraska—have introduced similar legislation or policies in recent weeks. Colorado passed a similar amendment last year.

Invisible Illness: “People Thought I Was Making My Agonising Pain Up—But I Have Endometriosis”

...I'd go to school each day and last about half a day before the crippling pain became too much and I was sent home. When it became an almost daily occurrence, I started to notice the eyerolls from my peers and even my teachers—they thought I was making it up. Even the school nurses became reluctant to send me home. ...

12 pads a month, no tampons: Is that enough for Arizona’s incarcerated women?

...The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would provide incarcerated women with an unlimited supply of feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, cups and sponges.

Currently, incarcerated women automatically get 12 free pads each month. They must ask an officer if they need more and may possess up to 24 at a time. Unlike in other states, if they want tampons, they must buy them. ...

Why Many Women Unnecessarily Get a Hysterectomy

...Like many women, Fenoglia knew next to nothing about uterine fibroids when she first sought treatment. In addition to heavy bleeding during menstruation, they can cause pelvic and lower back pain and painful sex. While Fenoglia conducted enough research to find an alternative to surgery, a collective lack of knowledge leads to countless unnecessary hysterectomies, some physicians say. More than 400,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, according to research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March 2015.