Many of us take sanitary towels and tampons for granted, but period poverty is a real problem affecting women and young girls all over the world – as well as right here in the UK.

Essentially the term refers to a person lacking access to sanitary products, due to not having enough money to buy them.

Charities are currently working to provide many people with free sanitary products – with it recently being announced that schools in England would give young women free products from September after more than 137,700 girls missed school in 2017 due to period poverty.

Despite this there are still people out there who believe it's "nonsense" that people can't afford to buy sanitary products.

Earlier this week, one man aired his views on the subject matter on Twitter and he's faced backlash from outraged women ever since.

In a post on April 13, Cardiff-based journalist and property developer Marcus Stead wrote: "Can we please stop all this nonsense about people not being able to 'afford' to give their children breakfast or sanitary products?

"A bag of porridge to feed a family for a week costs £1. 3 packs of sanitary towels cost £1 in Home Bargains."

More than 1,500 people have liked his tweet, but many were quick to call him out over his views.

Some decided to criticise the man for his comment about the price of the products.

One user replied: "If you have £0 it doesn't matter how cheap something is, you still can't buy it because you have £0. So many people not grasping the concept of having no money."

Dozens of other women hit back by sharing stories of their heavy flows and the amount of sanitary towels they need to buy as a result.

"Until you have suffered the indignity of having bled all the way through the cheapest pad you could buy (because that was your only option), your opinion on this specific subject is worth less than nothing. Sit down, pipe down, and count yourself very lucky #StayInYourLane," proclaimed one passionate woman.


Another said: "Hi Marcus, last month my period was so heavy that I bled through eight maternity pads in 24 ours. Please tell me and other heavy bleeders more about bargain sanitary products, we're dying to hear it."

However not everyone disagreed with him.

A different user responded by saying: "OMG thank you so much for saying this. I so agree. Anyone who can't afford these things need help with budgeting or priorities."

A second person agreed: "As a child, my parents kept me off school on many a Monday because we had no money for sandwiches or school lunch. There was always enough money for bingo over the weekend though."

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