The 28 Day Survey is a new campaign to start conversations around women’s health issues – starting with the question, “what makes a happy period?”
Following suggestions at the Hull Health and Wellbeing Board that up to 3000 (or possibly more) women in Hull will struggle to afford sanitary products, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Hull City Council have agreed to research the issue locally and launch The 28 Day Survey.
Speaking during the January Health and Wellbeing Board, Board Chairperson, Councillor Hester Bridges, spoke of why a survey is needed and how it could help health and social care services to better support people to live in Period Dignity.
Councillor Bridges said: “I think an intention of our awareness work will hopefully be to de-stigmatise the issue enough that frontline workers can address Period Poverty with those they are supporting.”
“Surveys often ask ‘have you got enough money for food or fuel’ but nobody ever says ‘have you got enough money for sanitary products?’”
The survey will run for 28 days – the average menstrual cycle length – with the aim of finding out about the level of period poverty in the city, what people’s attitudes are around periods and what would make a happy, dignified, period.