Finland's city of Helsinki announced in January that its trial supplying free period products at schools had been a success been a success. The pilot distributed sanitary items to 753 pupils at four educational institutions in the capital. A survey following the conclusion of the trial revealed that some Helsinki students suffer from period poverty. Nearly 18% of respondents – or nearly a fifth – said monetary constraints had prevented them from purchasing menstrual products. Eight percent said they had skipped school because they didn’t have period protection. The students and educational institutions involved in the pilot reported that the trial normalized menstruation and encouraged a debate around the topic of period poverty, a lack of access to menstrual products. During the pilot students could pick up a package of tampons or pads or a reusable period cup for the duration of the trial.

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