This is life for women in the socialist paradise brought to Cuba by the communist Castro dictatorship. Since December, Cuban women have had to improvise, create, and even reuse feminine hygiene products due to shortages brought about by the socialist regime’s corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude.
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Sanitary pads have been missing from Cuban pharmacies since December, and there is no cotton either. Now, women on the island recycle diapers and use scraps during menstruation
March is the fourth month of the absence of feminine hygiene items in Cuba. Since December, sanitary pads are missing in the country. Instead, Cuban women are using recycled diapers and scraps of cloth during menstruation. The lack of basic supplies brings to light the economic crisis afflicting the island and how the “success” of its health system is just a myth.
Both industrial and household pads have begun to be reused. They are washed and dried in the sun. Since there is no cotton in the pharmacies either, many women collect pieces of cloth or improvise with disposable diapers for children and adults.
“I have never done that before. I was one of those who didn’t even use cotton, and finding myself in these, washing rags to use them again, kills me with shame,” admitted one young woman to Cubanet.
In the middle of 2020, Cuban women have had to resort to old methods, which are not only uncomfortable but also dangerous for their health. Pharmacies stopped selling pads in November 2019. Then, they became scarce in the currency collection stores, where the cheapest package of ten pads is worth more than a dollar.
For those who do not know the Cuban reality, two coins are circulating in the country. The CUP for Cubans and the CUC (the convertible currency that has the same value as the dollar) for tourists. The CUC is used in currency stores, where “luxury products” such as shampoo and soap are found. So not finding hygiene items there reveals a new degree of crisis in Cuba.
It should be noted that the average salary in Cuba is around 43 dollars, and the minimum is 16. A woman with a regular flow requires, on average, two packs of ten pads. Therefore, buying these pads accounts for a good part of their income.
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