Stories

Here are the stories we have been given permission to share from people who have applied to The Good Fund for Help. We respond to every single one.  

  • I am a solo parent of 3 young children struggling to get basic bills paid and keep cupboards stocked and really can't afford to purchase period undies which I need because I am allergic to regular pads.

  • I suffer from PCOS (among other medical issues) and terribly long and heavy periods. I'm on the job seekers benefit with medical deferral, and all my money goes on my board, doctors appointments and medication. I so often have to use toilet paper as I've run out of money to buy my sanitary items.

  • This is the fourth time I've come back here, each time I go to apply, I talk myself out of it and insist that I can 'save' the money myself, but after my last period, I think I need to apply. Like so many other women here, I'm a stay-at-home mum of two and we were surviving on my partners income - until he lost his job last week, so saving might not be the way to go now!

    When it comes to my periods, I'm allergic to disposable products. On top of the itch that so many others experience (I thought it was just me!), I get welts and blisters both on my labia and inside my vagina, obviously depending on whether I'm using a tampon or a pad. What usually happens when my period arrives is I toughen up for one day and use pads on my heaviest flow day. After my one day in the pad, the blisters and welts become too painful so I can't wear pads anymore (since they only get worse).

    I free bleed into underwear that I only use when I have my period - needless to say, they're pretty gross now. But I can't leave the house during the free bleeding days, which means my girl misses out on preschool, I miss out on exercise and the whole house suffers from cabin fever, resulting in a grumpy mum, grumpy kids and a horrible living environment. Once my period passes, the welts and blisters still take days to fully heal. My period for July ended two days ago and as I sit here I'm trying to angle myself on my chair as to not put any pressure on them. Peeing is torture! I haven't slept properly in over a week because of the pain.

    And I can't afford to go to a doctor (though the last time I did, when I was 21 and able to attend the university doctor's for free, they gave me nappy rash cream which did sweet fuck all). Honestly, any help would be amazing because the thought of going through another period like this one has me in tears. Thank you so much, as well, for everything you do and the hope that this has given so many menstruating persons around New Zealand! Even though I've been hesitant to use your amazing service, just knowing it's been there has been a wonderful comfort.

  • I would love to try the period undies but can't afford the outlay for both myself and my daughter. It would be amazing to get a 50% discount please.

    Michelle - Auckland

  • I struggle to buy the basics let alone personal products.

    Rebecca - Otago

  • Hi. I have 2 beautiful daughters born on the same day a year apart. My husband works full time and we rent a house in the high end of the rental scale in our town, because like most places housing is sparse in town. Both of our girls are still under 2. I breastfeed to cut costs. My youngest lives in hand me downs to cut costs. We get very little extra assistance and all of our money goes on our girls to give them the lives my husband and I didn't have whilst growing up. I have endometriosis and suffer very heavy and very long periods. Constantly buying tampons and pads is actually a big killer on our weekly food budget so often I am using waded up toilet paper and newspaper. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Jamie - Whanganui

  • Hiya, sorry really embarrassing but here goes. Would there be any chance I can get help? I'm bleeding constantly currently on my 4th month bleeding I'm struggling to afford pads, & tampons I spend almost $30 pw to buy them

  • Hi there I'm a single parent working part time. I often struggle to afford groceries let alone tampons and pads etc with heavy periods I go through a lot of tampons. Some tampons the cheap kind give me awful thrush and itchiness but I just put up with it. I would really love it if you could help me.

  • I am not quite 50 but suffer from severe heavy bleeding/ due to menopause due to being on a sickness benefit I can only afford 2 packets of budget sanity pads a week but I can easily use up to 7 a day on heavy days but have resorted to using cut up flannel sheets when I run out, not only are they bulky but embarrassing to hang on the wash line and then to hope they dry before it rains, and if it does rain? Then its toilet paper both of these have ruined my clothing from leaks, i also have my 12 yr old grand daughter has come into my care so now I will be giving her my sanitry pads to use instead, it would be an absolute god send with these products

    Irene - Gisborne

 


I am single mum of 2 kids currently not working. I have problems with my period which leaves me bleeding more often then not. Usually twice a month for a week at a time. Constantly buying pads and tampons to keep up with the flow really takes a toll financially.


I am a mother of 3 and have had constant trouble with my menstrual cycle. Since I was 13 I've had painful periods, and since I was 16 I've had periods lasting up to 5 weeks at a time.

Medication to try balance my hormones have made me unwell so the only option is to tough it out, however I'm spending roughly $15 a week on the cheapest pads (tampons make me quite unwell as well). I want to say goodbye to pads and tampons because other than making me feel sick or having to make sure I have a supply wherever I go, they make me feel low. I've heard so many positive opinions of menstrual cups over the years but genuinely can't afford the purchase.

There have been so many cases of me having to ask family for money to buy pads or tampons, or I would make sure to detour to the Wellington library after school when they had free boxes in the bathrooms. I've asked about getting a prescription for pads but they aren't classed as a necessity. I'm tired of my period putting me under financial pressure, making me physically uncomfortable and making everyday activities anxious.


I am a stay at home/playcentre mum of one busy 2yr old boy. We live off of my husbands income. I have been hesitant to apply because I feel we are not as in need as others but a post with a quote from someone else's application validated me. I would love to be able to purchase products at half price. As well as that though, I am embarrassed! I'm embarrassed that as a responsible adult I can't afford sanitary products.

Part of this is that I am conscious of the environment as well as my health so will only buy organic low packaging products. This means that more months than not I go without. Instead I free bleed, changing my underwear a few times a day. This can be uncomfortable, smelly and adds to my already huge laundry pile. I also have PCOS so while I have managed to get my period regular, it is heavy! I'd really like to try a cup - ever since I heard of them! I am a bit scared of them though so would also like to try reusable pads and period panties. Thank you for considering me!


Unfortunately I am not proud to say I've had to use flannels or rags because I've put my childrens needs before my own. It has come down to do I buy my children dairy products or myself the cheapest sanitary products and I choose to put my childrens needs first as a solo mum of four its tough out there!


I struggle to provide myself tampons as I'm in a low income situation, I would love to begin using reusable cup to reduce the waste produced, but just can't afford it on top of caring for my kids.


I've always struggled with heavy periods that generally last for around 12 days. There are times when I haven't been able to afford sanitary items and had to use alternatives like toilet paper, ripped up towels and even nappies on those heavy days.

I'm forever getting what I call nappy rash from disposable pads, irritation from my "alternatives" and constant infections like thrush and bv. For the record I'm pedantic about personal hygiene, my vagina is just a temperamental b*tch.

There have been times that I haven't left my house because well who wants to wear a nappy or old towel on the bus. My son has even at times missed school because of my lack of proper items.  I'm 30 years old and had my first period when I was 9


Hi I would love some help for my 12 year old daughter who has not long got her period. I have 5 kids at home with 4 of them being girls. I'm a full time nursing student and my husband has just recently been laid of work, so these would be an amazing help to us. Thank you.


In early March 2018, I started getting heavy periods. This was approx 6 months postpartum. My normal periods went from a regular 3/4 days of bleeding to almost 3 weeks of constant, heavy bleeding, with massive fist sized clots.

Maternity pads couldn't help me during my cycle. I was forced to stay home. I lost pay from work because of this, and when I did go to work I was carrying a bag with 3 or 4 pairs of tights to change throughout the day.

Obviously this is not normal, I became severely anemic and with my huge amount of blood lose, I was sent to the hospital every month for iron transfusions. More time off work. Finally, in December 2018 I had a mirena inserted to help with the blood lose.

At the time I was going through a packet of heavy/maternity sized pads A DAY. Again my bleeding pattern changed after the mirena, and I bleed for 3 months straight, but lighter Yay! Now, I'm still bleeding lightly, for almost 2 weeks out of the month and I just want to see if reusable products are something that I can use and to help bring my costs down even more. I cloth nappy my youngest baby, so washing is not something that will scare me!


Hi, I am a sole parent of a young baby trying to make ends meet. I try to work part when I have a sitter to help with my bills but cant always afford much. I'm looking to try something more cost effective and reusable so I don't have to worry about how I'm going to pay for a pack of tampons each week.


When I get my womenly I make sure I have a box of 16 tampons on hand. I can only afford a pack of 16 tampons but it's never enough. My periods can last up to 8 days and the first 4 days I can't go anywhere. Every 2 hours within that 4 days I have to change cause my tampons start leaking cause I'm bleeding heavily I can't use tampons cause I'm always leaking so I back up with a tail I fold it like a tampon and basically walking my home like with a duck tail so I use rags also old tails and even toilet paper. I run out of toilet paper pretty fast when I do. I'm in desperate need of help


I'm a solo mum of a young daughter and I have a bleeding disorder (von willibrands disease) which means I don't clot, its a type of hemophilia. So every time I bleed I have to spend over $20 on pads (cant use tampons) because of this disorder I try to keep my bathroom stocked but sometimes i forget & it comes so irregularly I cant keep up! Being a solo mum who can barely feed us I can't keep paying out this money in pads sometimes 2-3 times a month. I think the good fund can help me because l always have something there, clean and ready to go when I need it!

I wont have to worry about trying to decide whether to get milk or pads. I've asked WINZ & family for help with food & power & pads therefore my WINZ debt is so high, I don't think they will help me.. my family don't always want to help as I'm an adult & should be able to look after myself, so here I am asking..please someone help!


I'm 23 years old and have an 18 month old son. I have always had very heavy and painful periods due to endometriosis. Ever since my son was born, they have been even more heavy and painful. We're a 1 income family, I work full time while my husband is doing his tattooing apprenticeship which is unpaid, so on top of daycare costs, the cost of menstrual products is expensive and hard to meet some months. I have needed to take time off work because it wasn't pay day, and I couldn't afford to buy tampons. I've always wanted to try a menstrual cup but I just can't justify the starting costs involved.


I'm a solo working mumma, I work 8-4 mon-Friday , I'm on $18 an hour and I pay $500 a week rent on my own plus laying $90 a week daycare- most weeks I just manage to buy groceries. Some weeks I'm paying $100-$130 towards my fuel costs, so buying extra sanitary products is a push- I do have a menstrual cup which I love and use but in my heavy period days (sometimes 3-4 days) I'm having to change tampons or cups every half hour to an hour... this is awkward because we work on building sites and we use porta loos- there are taps usually close but which we use for cleaning our equipment but there are usually builders or bricklayers etc around and I do not feel comfortable washing my cup so I feel I've forced to use tampons which I can't afford nor want to use to environmental reasons. I feel period underwear and or pads would be a better option for me but I can't afford to invest in a pair.


I recently got out of a abusive relationship. Because of said relationship my son was taken by CYFS and is currently in my Mums care. I get $29.20 a week.. For food, Bill's, fuel, etc. I'm trying to get work but for the meantime I need all the help I can get, and period weeks are way too expensive.. I'm trying so hard to rebuild my life and get my son back, I hide away when I have my period because I can't often afford pads.


I have a very heavy period. I am from a one income family (both my partner and I are woman) and affording tampons and pads for two weeks of each month is hard... we have both missed work multiple times as we can not afford the items we need. My daughter sometimes misses kindy too as I can't afford products and have to free bleed. I am in fear of people seeing.


I'm a solo mother aged 20. I use to be really sorted but when I had my baby I struggled a lot with money and I'm only every have enough to get my baby's needs. Sometimes I'm lucky to have 5 dollars to get me some tampons. Normally I use toilet paper in my undies or use my baby's nappies. If yous can help it will mean a lot.


6 years old, 5 kids, youngest is 18 months old. After having my last baby via c section, I had my tubes removed. My periods have been ridiculous since then. Very heavy for the first 3-4 days then regular for up to 5 days after that. I having spotting in between periods lasting anywhere between 1-4 days. I go through 2 bulk packs of tampons, 2 packs of extra long night pads and a pack of super pads...that's just during my periods. I get up at least twice during the night to change my pad and tampon and it's almost a sprint to the toilet because once I stand up, I start leaking and occasionally blood runs down my legs. I have bad cramping during the first few days but am currently taking magnesium which does help a little. Tampons and pads are very expensive for me with how much I need each month


I have endometriosis so my periods are very painful and heavy. Buying menstrual products can be costly so being a single parent my financial priority is my children.


I have very heavy 21 day periods and when I say heavy I mean heavy I can use 32 tampons a day.


I would so muchly appreciate reusable pads and underwear as financially and physically I'm struggling through time of menstruation, I'm unable to use tampons or a cup due to prolapse and pelvic inflammatory, I also have a blood disorder , I go through a maternity pad every hour most days and I'm on a disability benefit with 3 children 2 of them of period age also.


We have 3 daughter's ages 20, 8 and 18 months. I have always had period problems (heavy, irregular, getting it twice in 1 month, clots of blood etc) it has now calmed down except for it still being heavy mid cycle where I need to wear tampons and overnight pads so I don't leak through it gets bad sometimes that I'm showering about 4 times a day. I would love to buy a menstrual cup but can't afford it 90% of my income is taken with rent and other bills and I don't want to ask my husband to buy it for me because that's just shame.


I grew up not knowing what to expect from a period and when it happened I used whatever I could find - toilet paper from public loos, flannels etc. Disposables irritated me. I eventually managed to get cloth pads, which are amazing, but after my last baby, the topping of them isn't agreeing with my body and keeps causing irritation and pain (they're all mink) and I can't replace them.

The thought of a cup or anything like that causes a lot of anxiety, so I think the best option will be period undies - the best of cloth pads without the topping. I just can't afford the change, and can't afford to buy disposables in the mean time. I got my tubes tied and my periods have gotten super long and heavy and painful since too.


I feel bad asking for help because there are so many others worse off than I. I gave birth nearly one year ago and since then my periods are extremely heavy, I go through a tampon every hour and bleed through to the bed sheets on days 1-3(or 4) of my period which is causing a financial strain as well as a huge washing pile. I would love to switch to reusables to not only help my family out financially but also lessen my negative environmental impact. If I could be considered for financial help I would be extremely grateful.


As I write this, I am currently sitting on the loo (solo mum, it's the only 2 mins of peace I get haha) and I'm looking down at the pile of disposable pads that sit in my undies for 4 days every month. I try extremely hard to be environmentally friendly and I've made huge changes to become this way! Yay for the compost bin, bamboo toothbrushes, beeswax wraps and shampoo soap bars. I have always wanted to try reusable pads or period undies but the start up cost makes me cringe. For me to be able to afford one pair. I would have to save for 8 weeks and at the moment, I honestly can't justify putting aside that money. I would love to be considered by the good fund to help me reach my milestone of no longer being a reusable pad virgin. Thank you


Today I was standing in the supermarket needing the basics and it was what can we "live without" because my period is due, this is hard to admit, and I feel guilty I'm not doing more to get out of this situation.

I would be what is considered the "working poor" I have a job, working part time and having to increase to full time because as a house hold we are not coping. My partner works full time, we are first time parents and that comes added expenses such as daycare on the days I have work.

I have to work to cover the mortgage yet most my wage goes on daycare and simple things like tampons are at the bottom of the list.

It breaks my heart sitting here writing this, I've had to go into another room so I don't have to face any questions.

Now I'm going to be working full time, miss that precious time with my daughter I really can't afford to have missed days due to my period and the idea it's possible gives me some anxiety.

I would greatly appreciate any help or advice on where to go for help or what products is best to save up for.

Thanks xxx


I've just started my waste-free journey, however I've come to a massive hurdle when it comes to managing my period.

I've spent the last 8 years of my life dealing with heavy, painful periods, and only this year built up the courage to ask for a diagnosis. I'm not looking for a cure, just answers to why once a month consistently for years I have to miss school because I can't move.

I would like to try some other options, because pads are so expensive, and as a student I can't afford to be going through a pack a month, or more. I'm not the worst off, but I hope that I'm eligible for some help.


I am a busy mum of three who bleeds heavily during periods and has to chance tampons lots, sometimes bleeding through in an hour! Returning back to work soon from maternity leave and I need some help to not bleed through my clothes all the time.


I use a cup and love it however my daughter has just got her period and is struggling with products. She does not want to use a cup yet and finds pads tricky some period underwear would benefit her greatly and remove her awkwardness around her period. I am solo mum to 3 and just cant afford the full initial cost.


It will make a huge difference, as a new mum of 3 I just don't have to time or money anymore to go out and buy sanitary products. It will help boost my confidence and allow me to carry on with the things I'm required to do as a mother and not have to have to deal with financial stress.


As a mum, I'm tired of leaving myself last and thought it would be nice to get something for me. I know its costly up front but the money I will save every month will make it worth it.


I feel like the Good fund will help myself and my daughter immensely. We have to use Organic sanitary products as normal ones irritate my Daughter. We can't always afford organic products and those months we have to switch to the products that irritate. We are super interested in period underwear but they're so expensive at the initial outlay.


I have been wanting to apply for such a long time. I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant and would really want to give period under and cloth pads a go postpartum. This is baby number 3, so we know what those horrible boat pads against sensitive and freshly stretched vulva feels like. But like many families, funds are already tight with 2 kids and parental leave coming up, and reusable products do get put on the back burner. I would really be SO grateful for assistance. I think you are a kick ass woman for what you put into your work.


I've suffered very heavy periods from the age of 9. Have literally tried everything under the sun and nothing helps make the lighter shorter or less painful. Last year I was diagnosed with endometriosis and pcos. I have month long period and may get 2 or 3 days off if I'm lucky some months. I'm on a low income so it has become a real struggle. I've had to call in sick to work because I have no sanitary products. And also beg co workers if they have anything i could use.

I've borrowed money off multiple people to get me through the month. Even gone to the extreme of tearing up rags and using them in my underwear. You really don't understand how expensive it gets till your going through 2 or 3 packs of pads or tampons a day for 3-4 weeks at a time


I'm on a strict budget as a single mama, I use pads cause I can't use anything else due to prolapse and endo etc, but I react to them, so tend to use reusable nappies - I've been wanting to switch to period underwear but I can't afford the larger amount to do the switch, so I keep with the pads and nappies cause the budget is a little tighter.

I want to know if I could get a little help, I can afford to buy 1 pair if I save for a bit longer, and wondered if I could be a half help case 😂 or I can donate a bit of money regularly in the place of purchasing pads each month. There will be far more needy options than me, I work, I don't have period poverty, I can afford $8 for pads each month, I just can't afford to make the change, which I want to for environmental and health reasons, and to show my daughter other ways to handle her period when she gets it. For now she just thinks all mummys wear nappies like she used to.


I feel bad for even asking for help as I know so many are worse off. I have a cup, which I've had for years, but since I gave birth it leaks. I'm trying my best to look after the environment and what I put near my bits so it just leaks on my undies as I don't have pads. We are on one income and struggling a bit with the power bills to keep bubba warm, we can't seem to get ahead. Any help would be appreciated, if I'm not entitled that's ok 🙂


I've been wanting to buy reusable menstrual products for a long time, but haven't been able to save enough. Something always comes up just when I get enough. I always feel like I'm a burden to my family when I get my period and that the money could go towards other things we need like clothes for our children.

I tried a cup for 6 months but it was uncomfortable. So reverted back to disposable products and I'm aware of the impact they have on our planet too.  I have long irregular periods after having my second child too. It's really hard


I have been suffering from heavy periods which are very painful, as a result of pcos, and this has got worse since the birth of my 3rd child. These also take days longer, sometimes lasting up to 2 weeks, which leaves me with rash and irrigation, no fun when you have to use your babies bum cream. A pack of pads does not last and lately I use up to 3 packs per cycle, which adds too much to the food bill and with young children it's not always possible to get to the shops for more packets.

I have tried making my own pads but these do not hold the heavy flow and this means more washing due to leaks. I often end up house bound during the first 3 days if my cycle. We are a one income household. I have been trying to save up to use the 50% code, we receive wages monthly, so often bad timing if AF shows up just before pay day, and as the only female menstruating in the house, it is not high on the priority list.

I'd love the cup, as it means many years of use, but I don't think it would hold up on the early days and I often have pain over my episotomy scar so fear a cup would make this worse. Tampons are awful painful.


My partners (sole income) been in and out of work for the past 5 months after not working for 8 months after the birth of our son and me suffering bad PND. So we're living pretty much week to week, day to day some weeks. periods haven't always been the easiest experience, i usually borrow money from my mum to pay for products or ask around friends. I did have a couple of reusable pads but they got very over used after I had my son. My partners in stable work now (hopefully) but we're still really behind on everything.


I need help with getting sanity items. Winz can't help me due to me being on board not rent. So it's a choice of sometimes food or sanity items as I have quite heavy flow and can use a lot of products.


I'm a 33 year old single mother to 4 beautiful children, ever since I started my period I haven't been able to use tampons as I have a reaction to them, even some pads gives me the same reaction, so I'm limited to one brand, being a single mother sometimes I cant afford pads, as I always put the children's needs before mine, having something I could reuse would change my life completely, and not wearing big bulking pads would be amazing.


Hello, I'm very interested in using reusable menstrual products such as the cup and menstrual underwear although both my husband and I work full time, by the time we pay for rent, daycare, supermarket shopping etc there isn't always a lot of $ left over for me to try to purchase these products. I have a history of PCOS and since the birth of my second baby possible endo and with every period I experience pain, heavy bleeding and fullness noticeable just before and during my entire period. I am also finding that I get a reaction every time I use tampons.


I am a 35 mother of one who lives in Auckland with her husband. We both work full time and send our 2.5 year old to daycare. We have had to apply for extreme financial hardship with kiwi saver to try and get our heads above water. Menstrual products come last in our shopping if at all. $3 tampons from countdown are what I usually end up with and no matter how often I change them they ALWAYS leak so I end up wading up toilet paper to stop this happening. I hate to think of the chemicals I am putting inside my body, and the environmental impact of this as I go through 6 tampons a day. Night time is usually toilet paper folded many times over.

I think this initiative if yours is amazing and I know my need is not as dire as some woman go through, I would really appreciate some help to get some period underwear. I have a weak pelvic floor after giving birth to my 9 pound 6 baby 2 years ago so I'm not sure how I would go with a cup, although I would really like to try one. I just cant afford to buy one and have it not be the right thing for me.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Melissa - Auckland


I am a stay at home mum to 2 kids, and while we earn an average amount on one income we are really struggling at the moment, I'm often stressing about being able to afford food for the kids and have been doing everything I can to save money, and we just keep getting hit with big bill after bill, and we are currently struggling, it's not always like this, but I just can't afford anything at the moment and I am really struggling during my period. I have extremely heavy bleeding so I flood pads and go through a super tampon in an hour or 2. I know it's a temporary situation (hopefully) and hope to donate once we get back on our feet, but for now I need a bit of help.


We are a family with 3 young children aged 4, 2 and 1 living on 1 income. My periods have always been heavy, and since having children they have got worse. I can't use tampons, and cups don't seem to work too well now, so I have to use disposable pads, which I hate because they are bad for the environment and I go through 2-3 packs every period so it's expensive. Someone told me about period pants and how good they were and I'd love to try some, but they are also too expensive for us to just buy. Sadly, they almost feel like a 'treat'.


This is the fourth time I've come back here, each time I go to apply, I talk myself out of it and insist that I can 'save' the money myself, but after my last period, I think I need to apply. Like so many other women here, I'm a stay-at-home mum of two and we were surviving on my partners income - until he lost his job last week, so saving might not be the way to go now!

When it comes to my periods, I'm allergic to disposable products. On top of the itch that so many others experience (I thought it was just me!), I get welts and blisters both on my labia and inside my vagina, obviously depending on whether I'm using a tampon or a pad. What usually happens when my period arrives is I toughen up for one day and use pads on my heaviest flow day. After my one day in the pad, the blisters and welts become too painful so I can't wear pads anymore (since they only get worse).

I free bleed into underwear that I only use when I have my period - needless to say, they're pretty gross now. But I can't leave the house during the free bleeding days, which means my girl misses out on preschool, I miss out on exercise and the whole house suffers from cabin fever, resulting in a grumpy mum, grumpy kids and a horrible living environment. Once my period passes, the welts and blisters still take days to fully heal. My period for July ended two days ago and as I sit here I'm trying to angle myself on my chair as to not put any pressure on them. Peeing is torture! I haven't slept properly in over a week because of the pain.

And I can't afford to go to a doctor (though the last time I did, when I was 21 and able to attend the university doctor's for free, they gave me nappy rash cream which did sweet fuck all). Honestly, any help would be amazing because the thought of going through another period like this one has me in tears. Thank you so much, as well, for everything you do and the hope that this has given so many menstruating persons around New Zealand! Even though I've been hesitant to use your amazing service, just knowing it's been there has been a wonderful comfort.


I am a solo parent of 3 young children struggling to get basic bills paid and keep cupboards stocked and really can't afford to purchase period undies which I need because I am allergic to regular pads.


Hi there, so I'm not actually applying for myself- its for my 12 yr old daughter who gets really, really heavy periods. Its so bad she has to use 2 heavy pads every 3 hours to manage and sometimes even that isn't enough. She hates tampons and the feeling of them which I don't blame her for but she needs something that will help as she has missed out on a lot of school due to her period. I'd love to see if these would be any better for her as we do spend a lot on pads just for her that sometimes don't even suffice. Thank you for hearing me out.


The Good Fund could help me because i currently free bleed into whatever clothing I am wearing or I make tampons out of toilet paper. I have had to throw out so many of my clothing which i cant afford to buy new ones. I have been doing this for over a year now and something has to change, I don't know what to do.


I suffer from PCOS (among other medical issues) and terribly long and heavy periods. I'm on the job seekers benefit with medical deferral, and all my money goes on my board, doctors appointments and medication. I so often have to use toilet paper as I've run out of money to buy my sanitary items.


My daughter is 13 and started her period when she was 11 since then we have been on a roller coaster ride off heavy periods going through 2 packs of maternity pads plus tampons we are on the waiting list for the hospital.


I would love to be considered for a cup as It would be a huge help I'm a single mum and each week the cost of formula and nappies really add up so the cost of pads and tampons on top of that is real hard!

Steph - Wellington


Would like to try the menstrual cup. Have heard about Emz coming in to talk to staff at Waikato Women's Refuge Te Whakaruruhau and would like to give it a try please.


I would love to apply for a 50% reimbursement, I have endometriosis and after having my little girl my periods are worse than before! They are not so heavy but LONG, tampons are hurting and but pads aren't my thing so I'm hoping a cup will help ease at least one aspect of my discomfort, I've tried using my daughters nappy liners but......it didn't quite work. I know there are other women and girls out there who probably have bigger needs than me so I totally understand if I do not qualify for the reimbursement. What you guys are doing is amazing!!!


I am a single mum working my butt off every week to pay all of the basics. Well my beautiful daughter has started her period and all of a sudden there's this extra cost every month for something that she cannot avoid it and really shouldn't be so expensive. I'm trying to make this planet better as well and not wanting to use all of these disposable products that just go in the landfill. I would love my daughter to have some products like the period pants to make her life easier and more comfortable and help save the planet. Please help me get my daughter a great start in this new journey of hers and help us both save our environment.

Lisa - Bay of Plenty


I have 2 autistic daughters. 10 and 8. I am trying to prepare O (and myself) as best we can. Hormones are already happening and O has great difficultly understanding most things. I need to try products that are easy ie. looks like knickers, act like knickers, just need to be 'special' knickers when we get our period. These look perfect.


Applying for help with menstrual products as I do not have the funds to afford reusable items (barely supermarket items!). I am a solo mother of three kids 6,4 and 6 months and since my last baby my periods have been chaotic, currently starting week three of my second period since last birth.


I have always had a few issues with tampons not feeling like the fit properly. Because of this post baby I thought I would try a period cup. I purchased one and instantly tried it. I was gutted when I found that like tampons I found it didn't work with my body. I have since discovered that I have a low uterus. Due to being on one income I have not been able to afford to buy the meluna shorty to fit my body and have had to resort back to pads. It's a really struggle adding pads etc. To the grocery bill when things already become so tight trying to provide for the little one


Hi, I'm a single mum to two toddlers and would love the opportunity to try and use a MyCup. I'm currently unable to afford one and have really heavy periods so it would help heaps financially.


I have been struggling with heavy flow for over twenty years. Therefore I am constantly doubling up on pads because tampons don't hold much for me. I have four children as well so also buying sanitary products for them. I am currently looking at reusable sanitary products as I'm not happy with pads going to the landfill. Also, if there was a catastrophe. me and the girls would be stuffed because there would be no way of using sanitary pads. I'm happy to start learning about how woman used reusable rags/pads in the past. Please help.

Hera - Wellington


I am unable to wear sanitary pads and tampons as most woman can. I have endometriosis and also am very sensitive too the products I can typically buy from a supermarket or pharmacy. I have cramps that do not allow me to get out of bed without absolutely feeling sick, faint and very weak. I also have a damaged uterus lining which makes the chemicals from sanitary products a problem


I have struggled with anything period related for most of my adult life. But since my daughter started becoming older I have done my best to put my fears aside and talk openly with her about them. I am committed to reducing waste to landfill & also participating fully in life with my daughter while I can. Not having a menstrual cup inhibits this as I can't go to the pools or swimming with her at certain times. I can't afford a menstrual cup and am currently getting budgeting help, but it will take at least a year before I can afford one. Also my daughter is 11yrs old and talking about using a cup when her time comes, but I can't afford one for her either.


I am the mum to 2 gorgeous girls. Unfortunately we are all in various stages and I am finding it VERY hard to provide for their period needs. I am 33 and had a hysterectomy over 10 years ago so I no longer need to worry about period supplies for myself however my eldest daughter is another story. She too suffers from the same condition I did as a teen/young woman and keeping up with her needs is putting financial strain on me. My daughter will have her period go anywhere between 18-25 days. Then only have 4-7 days off before it returns again. (Mine was 365 days a year with no break. I have no idea how my mum supported me through it). She is only 13 and is in her 4th year of suffering through this. On top of this she also has highly sensitive skin and can get rashes or hives from different products. She could even find one that doesn't cause a rash and then after 2 or 3 months of use it suddenly causes an allergic reaction.

Recently our family went down to only 1 income (not our choice) and being in such a tiny town it doesn't look to be changing any time soon. Our youngest daughter is 10 and is showing signs of soon starting her period too. I'm at a point where I don't know how I will be able to not only afford the required pads for my girls but emotionally support them through it also whilst being so stressed about the financial situation of our family. The more sustainable, affordable and reusable we can become for what looks to be a very very very long journey ahead, the better. thank you


You were recommended to me by someone who saw my story on TVNZ and also a article in the newspaper. I had a treatment injury in October 2013 to remove cervical cancer and the surgical instrument punctured and artery resulting in an emergency laparotomy. Since my first surgery that went wrong I've had incontinence issues both faecal and urinary, I have also been fighting ACC for nearly 6 years for cover.

I have had physio with an incontinence specialist that I had to pay for it has helped somewhat but still have problems with the faecal having accidents every couple of days I have learnt to manage my incontinence as best as I can but am paying for my pads spending up to $30 some weeks, ACC will not cover this cost. I did win my case last November and got funded a dozen pads but that was a one off.

A month ago ACC decided to revoke my entire claim putting me back at square one, I was devastated as they were meant to be supplying me with pads, mattress protectors etc. I was hoping you may be able to help me if possible I am a mother of 3 and it's an added expense I'm expecting to have for the rest of my life which doesn't seen fair for something that was caused by a surgical instrument malfunctioning.


Both my partner and I are on the benefit with job referral based on medical conditions. It is very expensive constantly having to pay for menstrual products. It is not within our budget and i am having to make do with called up toilet paper at the moment.


I'm a mum with 4 girls. Currently I use a cup and cloth pads.. miss 13 has a cup but can't use it and I struggle to have enough cloth pads for her. And struggle to be able to buy more cloth pads or period undies for her.

Renee - Taranaki


5 months ago I had my 1st baby, so all my money goes to things for baby, and struggle to use tampons now, they have become very painful and I always leak thru pads even if I change then every hour. Which ends up being very costly, I also want to make the change to reusable as it is better for the environment.


I had my first baby almost 9 months ago and have since then been to a waste free parenting course which really highlighted for me the impact my period is having on the environment. We are now a single income family and the initial cost of buying reuseable products is putting them out of reach for me. I had always used tampons but after the birth of my little boy it was a scary prospect so I have started using pads more than tampons.

Belinda - Canterbury


I've just moved and $ is ridiculously tight. Like $50 for food for me and my 3yr old tight. I tried asking WINZ for a forward so I could get a pack of light and heavy undies and a cup but they denied it. The did give me a food grant though for this week so that's something!

I've just got my period and have a Pack of panty liner and about 4 tampons left then it will be toilet paper. My period is irregular ever since baby, the last 2 times has been 3 weeks before that was 9 weeks, even tracked on an app I can't really plan for it. I know I'd be able to save so much having this pack if you could please help. You're doing such amazing work across the country Thank you.

(In regards to prolapse, I went to doc shortly after bub and was brushed off so don't know if it's an actual prolapse or just the vaginal walls or something have been too embarrassed to go back to another doc and get checked but Plan on doing it soon)


I was able to pay for mirena out of pocket some years ago during a different employment situation in my life, which awesomely basically stopped my periods entirely, but it was due out last year and I have been unable to afford to replace it. I've experienced severe bleeding and pain in the past and was very apprehensive about menstruating again, and while it hasn't been as bad as it was pre-mirena (and my doctor kindly prescribed some serious pain relief ahead of removing it), the associated costs are an issue and tampons and pads are both tricky as the former are uncomfortable and the latter tend to move and leak.


I'm trying to be more conscious of the impact I have on the environment. I am making small slow steps to help make a difference. Making the change to reusable nappies and wipes was my most recent step and reusable sanitary items will be my next step! So the good fund would be a huge help to my next step in being more eco-friendly. I also react to disposable tampons and pads and so buying 100% cotton ones do cost more. So being a stay at home Mum this would also be very helpful with costs.


I have a 14 year old daughter who suffers from heavy periods and I am awaiting surgery for my endometriosis and have lost my job because of being sick. I need some help please I also have 3 younger girls who are 9,9 and 8 any help would be so helpful.


I have extremely heavy periods and use large amounts of pads every month. Would like to try something different. I also have agoraphobia so purchasing pads means leaving the house which I struggle to do. Currently I'm using old sheets ripped up as easier than getting out of house and online shopping costs more than I can budget for.


We are a one wage family with a one and two year old and recently moved to Christchurch. Our rent and other bills are costing a lot more and my periods are so long and heavy now after getting the IUD in. I always seem to run out and end up using toilet paper or even a cloth. I would really love to purchase a cup or undies but bills and other things we have to pay always come first so I never end up having the money to buy them. If it is possible to get help that would be much appreciated x


I had a baby 10 months ago he was 11 weeks early due to me getting very sick. And I've meet woman who have tried the reusable cups and love them. Being a new mum and only on one wadge can be hard to by tampons every month and this would be the biggest help not having to worry if I have any left over.


I have epilepsy and since having our second baby my periods last more than 2-3 weeks, its becoming extremely expensive to afford tampons. I work as much as i can but have a daughter (5) with epilepsy and our youngest has coeliac disease so i am always having to have time off work with their medical issues that we are only just able to afford the basics.


I'd love to be able to try the pads, I tried a cup and well that ended badly, I couldn't get it out no matter how many videos I watched or read the instructions! Lucky I had someone to help me get it out or it would have been a ED visit! Pads normally make me itch a lot and rub, tampons I don't like wearing as it hurts. I'm not a student now but missed work or school due to this years ago only having $10 a week to live off.

Steph - Tasman


Would love a little extra push to purchase some period underwear or reusable pads. I have sensitivities to pads and tampons. I cannot wear tampons at all anymore as they become so painful and give me a UTI sensation. And pads I can only wear for a few days before I start to get itchy and broken skin (this is worse post baby). So once my period becomes light I just wear normal underwear and change them throughout the day as needed. I have tried cups but again get the same UTI sensation. I have been looking at reusable pads and underwear for a while but there are so many options and prices can be quite high.


I saw your campaign on a Porirua group page. I struggle to afford to pay monthly for my period products I'm a single mother to a baby on the benefit. I love the idea of reducing waste by using reusable menstrual products. Thank you!


I've been on depo (stopping periods and babies) right from 15 to 24 years old. Right up to 21 it was free for the depo so I never had to pay anything including pads. I soon realised that spending $48 to go the the doctors every 3 months to get another jab was adding up and I just didn't have that kind in money so I tried to go naturally (which is what I through using pads and condoms was). Move 3 years ahead and I'm blessed today to have two babies that full my heart with love and joy but now that I have stopped breast feeding my periods have returned and I have now decided that something again needs to be done. N

ow that I have my two babies I especially can't afford to go to the doctors every 3 months paying $48!! At the moment If I added it up I'm probably spending well over $48 on condoms, pads etc...but let's be honest, when you have two kids to take to the doctors and wait every time and then try get a jab while holding onto your baby just doesn't sound all that enjoyable to me. I'd love to try reusable for this sake and for the sake of the planet. Every little bit counts and I now understand that going natural with reusable products is the only way!


I've recently had a baby girl (12 months old) and I suffer from chronic PCOS. Since having her it's become worse, periods are extremely heavy and it leaves me house bound for 3 days. Tampons don't sit properly since having her. I'd love to try a cup too see if this does change my life during this horrible time of the month.


Hello , I've been finding it hard trying to afford basic living cost. I currently use tampons but I go long overdue the changing timeframe I know its unhealthy to go over the recommended time to keep one in but somedays I have no choice but to try use it to its maximum , I would love to try reusable products so I can keep my body healthy as best I can and stop damaging myself further if possible please , thank you.


Hi. I have 2 beautiful daughters born on the same day a year apart. My husband works full time and we rent a house in the high end of the rental scale in our town, because like most places housing is sparse in town. Both of our girls are still under 2. I breastfeed to cut costs. My youngest lives in hand me downs to cut costs. We get very little extra assistance and all of our money goes on our girls to give them the lives my husband and I didn't have whilst growing up. I have endometriosis and suffer very heavy and very long periods. Constantly buying tampons and pads is actually a big killer on our weekly food budget so often I am using waded up toilet paper and newspaper. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jamie - Whanganui


I gave birth to my baby daughter 5 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a vaginal prolapse, I have constant discharge. It's hard to talk about because it's something no one talks about. I don't know what will happen. I know that my pelvic organs need physio or maybe surgery in the future. I have to wait for the hospital to contact me and that can take up to 6 months, I can't afford liners and pads use everyday. I don't know how my period is going to be, after having a baby, I feel so helpless and lost. I thought my body will worked it out how to get back to normal but It needs a bit of work. If I could get the reusable pads, the period underwear and I'd love to try the cup too would be a great help. I appreciate to be able to tell my story and your help. Thank you so much.

Marcella - Wellingotn


I am finding the monthly cost of these required products is becoming unaffordable. I am not working and I have a 6 year old daughter. I think if I show her now that using reusable products is normal then she can use them straight away when its her turn to use them.


Hello, wow, is this for real Good Fund? Sounds too good to be true! If at all possible, I would dearly love to try some re-usable menstrual products. I've wanted to buy a cup, reusable pads and period undies ever since I saw them... however everything else always has to come first out of my (pathetically low, I'm a Teacher Aide) fortnightly pay. When rent, bills, food, petrol etc suck up every last cent of my pay, I haven't been able to put any money towards myself, so instead buy the cheapest tampons and pads when I can.

For a large part of my life, to 'save my tampons' for when I really need them, I have used folded toilet paper wads for 'pads' and fold toilet paper up tightly to use as a 'tampon' for the lighter days at the beginning and again end of my period. I've always had to 'save' my actual tampons or pads for the heaviest days only - on days that I have to be at work or in public. In order to save my period products for when really needed, I just 'free bleed' when at home - using toilet paper wads. Yes it's a bit messy, smelly and uncomfortable... but hey, I always think of all the millions of girls and women around the world in similar situations for a bit of perspective when I feel like complaining.

My pelvic floor is wrecked after three kids, sadly I pee myself when laughing, coughing, sneezing, jumping etc. My undies are always wet and stinky. I change them twice a day and shower daily, even then I am always paranoid about people and kids that I work with being able to smell me... always being wet and stinky down there pretty much kills any spontaneity regarding sex with my hubby. I always have to say "no sorry, can't do, need a shower first' or otherwise just feel the shame and embarrassment of smelling urine when having sex. Hubby (bless him!) doesn't care I always smell, but it sure as heck kills the mood for me! TMI??!! Sorry! I would love to try some reusable products - especially the cup and the period undies. What a kind thing you are doing - thank you! Time to finally put this mama first I reckon!


As I have retired at the young age of 26 and have now chosen to live sustainably off the land and making lifestyle changes, this is the best option for the future as a woman,mum and sister having 4 children 2 being girls, although they have not come of age of their menstrual cycles, we would help keep thousands of disposable products out of landfill, and help with keeping our hygiene costs down monthly for our whānau.

Shamrock - Northland


I am a mother to 5 beautiful children, the youngest being born 1 month early in June. When I first started getting periods, my mother never taught us about it or how to clean ourselves, nor was she able to show us what to use ( she too couldn't afford them for herself) when we were able to move out was when we taught ourselves, being i have been a single stay at home mother for most my adult-teen life i have never really been able to afford to buy them, nor had any extra money to put towards them every other week, to stack up for those just in case moments.


Hi. I have bought multiple menstrual cups of varying size and firmness, 3, and not one them put properly. I get shooting pains inside. Things are really tight financially at the moment, and as I only have a relatively light flow (except when I pass clots) I am currently using fabric cut into rectangle then folded I thirds then run to the toilet when I feel a cloth coming. Or 'borrow' some pads from co-workers at work coz I 'forgot'.


I suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. I can go months without bleeding but I can also bleed constantly for months with no break in between, often with heavy bleeding and clotting. It's painful, stressful and not to mention very costly. I am a studying mum and have had many occasions I've had to leave course or miss course due to not being able to afford tampons or because I've run out, or flooded my underwear. It is horrible as I never know when my period may come so I'm often not prepared or don't have the funds to purchase anything.


I would love to try the period undies but can't afford the outlay for both myself and my daughter. It would be amazing to get a 50% discount please.

Michelle - Auckland


In my mid thirties while trying to get pregnant I (finally) got diagnosed with PCOS. Managed to have an amazing boy. But I have ALWAYS has irregular periods. Mine are not like your standard pcos periods mine can be most months every 2 weeks. I am on a waiting list to see a gynecologist but it's at least another 6-12 months. We are on one income and struggle to make ends meet some weeks.


Hiya, sorry really embarrassing but here goes. Would there be any chance I can get help? I'm bleeding constantly currently on my 4th month bleeding I'm struggling to afford pads, & tampons I spend almost 30pw to buy them


Hi! I am stay at home mum of 5, I've always had irregular periods but since having my 5th baby I've had a reasonably heavy period every 9 days for 7-9 days at a time! I can no longer use tampons as they cause me a lot of pain! My 11 year old daughter has also just started her period. So I'm spending a large amount on products for us both! The one off cost to get these reusable products isn't viable for us! I would really please love some help!


I would be very grateful for any help! I'm a 30 year old mother of 3. We live on a extremely tight budget as my partner can not work due to numerous medical reasons. I usually go with out any menstrual products as it's a tight budget and if it comes down to buying extra milk or fruit etc for that week .. I can't justify spending the money, then always plan on budgeting for the following month but usually end up in the same spot.


We are a one income family. We have 2 daughters age 14 months and 9 years. We had to move from our rental due to the landlord needing the house back in May and cannot afford to rent in Tauranga so we are all living in a caravan. I finished up working the kiwifruit season and have been finding it difficult to find another job. Things are so tight and my periods last a long time plus disposable pads give me a sore rash after about 3 days. Anything that can help save us money would be really helpful right now.


Since having our 2nd baby the after effects of labour has left me with a prolapse, that isn't strong enough to hold in a tampon. I end up in loads of pain. Doesn't help I have heavy periods for 7 days. I'm still going to Physio for the prolapse and she suggested contacting yourselves for a cup. Any help would be super helpful


I live in the country and have irregular periods so sometimes get caught out with no products. Would love something reusable so I know I'll always have something for my period and to be more eco-friendly.


My daughter has high functioning Autisum very reluctant to use any menstrual products ,would love to be able to try one of your packs to see if she is more accepting of different products.


I'm a solo mum on benefit when it comes to periods I always have choice between my daughters nappies or pads of course nappies are important but when I run low on pads I use toilet paper or I use a newborn nappy that I had put away.


Firstly I am so inspired by the amazing work you do, so thank you.

I am a stay at home mum of two beautiful kids, 3 and 8 months. I would love some support, I have had fertility issues, one if them being extremely low progesterone, which causes savagely heavy periods for 5 + days and then a lighter flow for a few more days. I leak from super tampons within 30 minutes to an hour for the first two days so I need to double up with pads, trouble is the last time I used pads I ended up at the doctors with a reaction to the pads and a very raw and bumpy vulva thankfully this was the last cycle before my last pregnancy. Night times are the worst though as I end up messing the bed even with a pad and tampon on so I use a nappy insert to keep me safe.

I have a cheap china cup that a friend gave to however I have a low cervix during menstruation and the cup causes discomfort as it's too long for me. I am expecting for my cycle to return any day now, and I would like to be prepared properly and not have to deal with tampons and pads for my first period post having baby. Probably should note that I have a stage 1 prolapse too, nothing too serious but it's there. Financially things are a bit stretched, we are a one income family so things like this tend to go on the back burner especially because mum puts herself last, however if you have a payment plan or after pay it would make getting the right period goodies a lot more achievable for me and some knowledge on the right products for me would help.


I have endometriosis, I have a 10-12 day period which involves heavy menstrual bleeding and a good load of sanitary products!


Over the last year or two I have become more aware of the potential harm that is possible from using single use menstruate products. I hope to become more familiar with the options available and which ones are better/best in time for my daughter to begin her journey. She is currently not looking forward to 'growing up', hopefully better products will give her more confidence and less mess.

Alexia - Canterbury


I would love to have a reusable cup so I don't have to use toilet paper or old socks as pads after going through 3 packs of tampons per period I struggle hugely financially with 5 kids so don't have the money and I have extremely heavy heavy periods.


I'm a solo mum to 4 children 2 of whom have recently hit puberty as well as myself, I really struggle supplying us with feminine products.


I get discomfort when using tampons and rashes from pads so would like to try something that may be more comfortable.


The on going costs of menstrual products is so expensive and also bad for the planet. As a teenager I remember cutting up a nightie to use when I had no pads and no money. Every month I feel guilty for using disposable products that end up in landfill when there is a better alternative.

Natalia - Taranaki


I unfortunately cannot use a cup or tampons because they hurt. (I will use small tampons if I have to swim.with my girls but they gurt the whole time). I have a prolapse that occurred during my first's birth. I would love to get this fixed but it's going to cost thousands which I don't have. Plus I am a stay at home mum to my two girls and hubby cannot take time off work. I would a chance to use cloth pads and period underwear. Cloth pads are costly as so bad for the environment (I know) but I have no other choice


I have PCOS and Endo. My periods are so heavy and last 2 to 3 weeks sometimes. They are sporadic,sore and I spend a lot of money on products always doubling up on pads and tampons and sometimes that's not enough. Each period is costing me around 30 to 50 dollars on sanitary products because of the heaviness of my flow and the frequency of having to change. I feel these products would benefit me greatly.

Ash - Waikato


I'm 20 years old with 2 kids, and just after having my son I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (ulcers through my bowel) I'm on medication all the time and will be for the rest of my life as it's incurable. One side effect of my disease is incontinence. I lose control of my bowels. And incontinence underwear (hot) are so expensive, I can't afford to buy them.  know this is a period fund, but if you have anything come up for this- I would be extremely grateful


I struggle to buy the basics let alone personal products.

Rebecca - Otago


I am a single mother with two kids and can't always afford to get pads. I have recently got an IUD put in and I have been bleeding for the past month so it gets very expensive. I'm to scared to try the cup as tampons never worked for me and I don't want it pulling my mirena out.

Judith - Waikato


I am applying for myself as I can barely afford pads or tampons as a solo mum.

Jordan - Auckland


Every time my period arrives I find myself searching for the cheapest tampons, the cheapest pads. I can't use budget brands so have to buy Libra or U. At $4 a pack it shouldn't be debilitating to buy, but since my baby was born my periods are all over the place. I sometimes get 3 a month, lasting from 3 to 10 days, heavy too. So I have to buy multiple boxes of pads and tampons. I saw the post about the woman who chose tampons over bread and I thought that's me. I get so much pain when I have my period too, the cramps can cause me to vomit. I really want to try a cup to see if that helps.


Being a single mother with a energetic 2 year old boy, I tend to forget I have periods (crazy I know). Working full time and trying to keep up with the usual bills as well as kindy charges eats up my wages so I tend to not save a bit of money thinking oh I have some type of menstrual product at home but that's not always the case.

I've rung work to say my son is sick so he can't go to kindy and won't be a work for a few days just because I'm using toilet paper or free bleeding. The good find would help me immensely in not having to worry if I have any disposable menstrual products. I got given 2 cloth pads and think they're amazing but would also love to be able to give the underwear a go too.

Gemma - Otago


I really want to get some good reusable products as my periods have gotten heavier since having kids and I've developed a sensitivity to disposables that leaves me super uncomfortable each time I get my period but good reusable products have always been out of reach financially. Managed to buy a cheap cup but it's been no good, so I'm back at square 1.


We definitely wouldn't be classed as being in poverty and I almost feel uncomfortable even applying because I know there are more people out there in worse positions than me, but we are almost a single income household with me dropping to part time when my older girl started school so my part time wages pretty much cover daycare for my other girl with a bit left over to put into the household fund.

I have been wanting to try reusable products for awhile because I have been reacting to normal pads about 2 days into each period I get a sore uncomfortable rash like a burn and my period is just too heavy at the start to even bother using tampons and since having my second child I don't find tampons all that comfortable, I have put it off and put it off because of the initial start up cost of the cup and undies for using at night and there's always something popping up week to week where I feel the money is more needed and put myself at the back of the line again. I would be super grateful for help getting started in this journey but totally understand if I don't meet the criteria


I would love some help to get some reusable pads. We are a young family same sex family with one 30 hr minimum wage income and no assistance from WINZ. With 2 7 plus day periods a month the cost is crippling. We struggle to afford the basics and have been using budget disposable pads, despite the discomfort from reactions and rashes. I recently attempted to make my own reusable pads ... this was not successful. We both ration pads at 2 for 24 hrs which results in a lot of leaks and to be honest probably isn't overly hygienic. So really I am applying for us both.


I absolutely dread my period each month. The pain, itching etc that comes with wearing the pads from the supermarket is horrible and my period is so all over the place that some weeks I can be caught out with little to no money left for pads and have had to improvise or ask others for help. Both the period underwear and reusable pads would be such an incredible opportunity, I may start not dreading my period so much


Hi I'm a single mum of 3 kids under 4 every time my monthly comes I can never afford to buy tampons and pads because I obviously have other priorities I would really love to try a menstrual cup but there so expensive online and if i cant afford tampons I certainly can't afford $50 for a cup. I think what you guys are doing is amazing and if you could help me id be so so grateful.


I had a pretty well behaved menstrual cycle for the first 10 years since getting it, pretty regular lasting the "normal" 3-7 days and always light flow. Fast forward to Novemeber 2014 when my period was due and didn't show up. After a couple of weeks of no period I did a home pregnancy test and bloods both were negative and the doctors couldn't figure out why. 6 or so months later my period reared its ugly head and was back with a vengeance. Ever since then I have experienced severely heavy bleeding and usually bleed for 3-12 weeks at a time.

As you can imagine, I go through quite a lot of sanitary products and it gets quite expensive. I have those big protective sheets that hospitals place under you after having a baby, that sometimes I have to sit on and free bleed as I've used up all my sanitary products or it's just too heavy and I don't have the right sanitary products for the amount of bleeding. I suffer quite bad anxiety with my bleeding and it often stops me from going out as I panic that I will bleed through my clothes.


I am a single mother & I can't afford tampons ,cups and period panties.periods days r very hard for me (heavy flow). I have to change pads every half an hour and my periods last 6/7 days. I am very thankful if I'm to get some period products.

Raman - Bay of Plenty


I've written this three times because I never thought I would be in a position to be asking for help but my husband unexpectedly lost his job a few weeks ago (we were only on one income) and I am dreading my next period because I know I won't be able to afford pads as well as food for our family. I also wear panty liners daily because of bladder leakage and discharge. Thank you for the work that you do.

Mikaela - Wellington


I had happily been using a cup prior to my baby arriving after having issues with disposable products. I just had my period return and my cup no longer fits. It is too small and so I keep getting massive leaks. We are now on a single income so buying a new cup isn't really in the budget.


We are a one income family bringing in under 800 a week with 2 little ones. I had previously been managing my period with a cup successful but since the birth of my 2 year old my vaginal wall has weakened and my bladder has dropped, creating a visible prolapse and urinary incontinence. Its miserable. My cup just pushes itself out now. I am under the care of a hospital physio but exercises don't seem to be making any difference after months and months of working at it. I'm finding it difficult to afford period products in the shopping. I think period underwear would be really helpful. Due to my bleeding pattern I find pads a bit hit and miss so would love to try some underwear.

Briar - Hawkes Bay


I have been wanting a menstrual cup for so long as tampons are very uncomfortable for me. I also get very light bleeds in between periods where it's not enough to use a tampon and I can't use pads or liners as I have sensitive skin and it reacts to whatever the pads/liners are made of. I'm a working single mum that just can not afford a menstrual cup as this time, I would be hugely grateful.

Melissa - Auckland


Hi there, my husband and my business went under and he is back in wages so things are a bit tight, plus being rural the local shop only sells one type of tampon and they are $7 plus ever since the birth of my third baby girl tampons are really uncomfortable.

Liv - Canterbury.


I suffer from pcos and since having my son 2 years ago my periods are extremely heavy and often lasting 10-14 days at a time. I generally tend to double up on sanitary products to help control things but am often home bound during my period as I tend to leak through after about 45 minutes even with using multiple sanitary products and layers of clothing.

We are a single income family who are budgeting every dollar we can and my periods place a huge strain on our budget. I've managed to buy a couple of reusable pads which are amazing but it's not enough so any help I could get from you guys would be actually life changing for me.


I currently use a cup, after 3 tries of different ones, it turns out I have a very high cervix that lowers over the course of my period. My first cup attempt was a nightmare in which panic ensued and my incredible hubby had to "lend a hand".

My problem is that I have endometriosis and my periods have always been incredibly heavy and painful for the first couple of days, and unpredictable with heavy clotting over the next couple of darts toward the end. So much so that I live in constant fear that I've leaked on furniture or have an embarrassing spot on my pants, despite wearing a cup and a pad.

I think that period undies would help with this butane mean that I could confidently just do normal things without the anxiety, but we recently moved and are living on a single wage so buying even one pair at this stage is off the cards. I had hoped to be able to help contribute to this awesome cause, but it seems I'll need to pay it forward at a later date.


Hi. I'm a solo mum of 3 kids (oldest 13 youngest 2). I'm working my butt off to provide for my kids and keep a roof over their heads. Periods suck but they are part of life. Every month I always struggle to get pads etc and can ever only afford the 'cheapys' and now with my daughter hitting that age I'm actually scared about how I'm going to make sure I've got supplies here for when she needs them as well. I'm constantly juggling finances week to week and dread the thought of making sure I've got the money to buy 'supplies'.

The good fund would be able to help me ensuring that I've got something here when needed and just take that little bit of stress of me each month. I never want my daughter to have to struggle to get sanitary items like I do.


I have brought 2 cups now and have wanted to buy another but haven't the means with one income and 4 children. My 16yo sister has moved in with me and today we both got our periods and I wished I had of done this earlier so we didn't have to buy the cheap disposables today. After talking with my sister we want to buy a pack where I can try a high cervix cup and she is keen to try the period undies as she's not comfortable with anything "up there"

Thank you so much for this platform! I have been following you(Em) and Good Fund on insta for a while and converted to cloth nappies now it's time to look after our womenly sacreds too Thank you


We are a single income family who have recently relocated to take care of my ill mum while on chemo. We are helping her and dad financially all whilst trying to keep our heads above water and kids happy and fed its at times a disheartening balancing act! I have the rods in my arm and this can seriously mess with my cycle, some times its just a spot or two other times its bed ridden crippling pain with murder scene pants, tampons hurt, I always seem to fall short on supplies and its so embarrassing always wish I could try alternative products but can't fit them in budget whilst funding 2 households on 1 income.


I started using a my cup after having my 2nd baby as I found tampons were uncomfortable. I've had some heavy periods (body adjusting after baby I think as never used to be like this) and I've has some leaks so I would love to try period undies as a back up to the cup. Also think the undies would be great for when I'm away from home for the day and feel like my period is due. I am a stay at home mum and we have been on 1 income for several years now so don't have a lot of extra cash.


I previously used a cup and cloth pads but since having my 5th child I'm finding they aren't coping with how heavy my period is and it makes life difficult having to change so often so in desperation I have changed back to using disposable products which I hate. They smell, are so uncomfortable and cause issues such as reoccurring thrush, not to mention the cost and how much rubbish they are creating!. I'd love to try some period underwear to see if they would work for me either by themselves or as a back up with my cup.


I am a step mama to a gorgeous 3 yr old girl. When she was born my partner had pnd and basically left me to care for her for a good 6 months. It left me paying the Bill's and caring for a newborn. Shes now working but we are still behind in debt and rent is high and I would absolutely love a cup so I'm not forking out lots for tampons. I have endometriosis and bleed heavily and go through supers hourly.


I really wanted to try a cup and saved up as much as I can it took ages being a SAHM but then got pregnant again and ended up with 2 under 2 and an insane prolapse with my second my hormones are now all over the show and I end up bleeding for 10 days a month and i cant use the hello cup I got due to my prolapse and cant even get a tampon in.

Disposables give me a swollen angry itchy vag for some reason and most times I end up using rolled up toilet paper as its just so freaking painful. I really been putting off asking for help as I always feel someone else needs it more than me but I really don't even wanna ask hubby to put any more financial stress on him and if I talk to him about my prolapse I just cry as I feel broken so I just pretend it's all ok but honestly I'm struggling I just gotta put the kids first that's what us mommas always do


I am currently a 17-year-old student that is living in the halls and winz cover only part of my rent while I am needing to work to pay for the rest of my rent. When my period is due once a month and sometimes twice, I fare that I won't be able to afford the necessities. I've had to grab so many from friends already this year and being able to get this would make life so much easier even if its for 3 days of each month.


I've been contemplating making the switch to a cup for about a year now, after having my second baby who is 2 now, my periods became a lot heavier and would last almost 2 weeks, my private's would start to feel so itchy because it felt like I was just constantly wearing a pad, I would have the worst cramps, I would always have to get up a few times in the middle of the night to change both pad & tampon at a time.

I would constantly leak and would be too scared to leave the house during the first 3-4 days. I'm currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 3 and am definitely not looking forward to my first couple of periods after having baby.


I am a single mum raising two kids and every penny counts. After the birth of my second baby my period has been so heavy and lasts for at least 10 days. This is very costly and I can't justify paying for menstrual products when my kids miss out on food. I also want to give reusables a go so I am well in the know for when my girls get to that point and I will know how things work. Thank you for considering me.

Michelle - Taranaki


My girl is 19, she gets a very heavy period, just like I did, she's missed school and work due to bleeding, and showing on her clothes, so she wouldn't go school or work. She's now left home and I'm on a very very tight budget, don't have much money for anything, she's studying hairdressing and is doing very well now, I'm only on job seekers benefit so I don't have much money either. Thank you for your help

Leane - Tasman


I'm a single mum, working as a teacher aide currently on 2 weeks holiday without pay and my 9 year old daughter has just got her first period which as you can imagine isn't much fun. Would love to be able to get her some period underwear as it's hard enough getting your period young without the added stress of trying to hide pads etc at school but they're a bit out of my price range.

Danielle - Otago


I'm a stay at home mum of two young girls and we live on one income. My youngest daughter is 14 months old and iv had about 4 periods since giving birth and they are every heavy. Having to Use tampons and pads and going threw at least a packet of each each time would be a game changer. You guys do such an amazing job with all the support you give. Thank you so much for considering me.


I have terribly heavy periods due to my pcos and endo. Have wanted to try a cup for a long long time. But due to myself being on ACC due to back injury's and having 3 back surgery's in the last two years we just can not afford it


My partner and I are currently going through changes in our finances since I took up work at my children's kohanga. I was previously working in a well paying job at ANZ but didn't return to work there after my parental leave end from our 3rd child. Finances are on a squeeze now, I'm basically back to minimum wage, not what I expected at 30+ years old! Buying tampons are seeming more like a luxury item but I'd rather invest in something good for the environment as well as my pocket.


I have had 8 miscarriages, my last one being in April this year. I have 3 alive children thank the heavens for them.
After every miscarriage my periods become worse, i have to change my pad and tampon every 30 mins to an hour.
I soak through my undies and pjs mostly every night when I am on my period. I am buying some many pads and tampons and they are not cheap.

Taylor - Wellington


Been tossing up whether to apply for this for awhile now - I work full-time so you would think I wouldn't be in a position to need help but I do. Every dollar is accounted for. I am a single mum to two kids, paying premium rent because housing is scarce. We manage and there are definitely people who need it more than me but to not have to take some veges off that shopping list once a month would mean so much to me.

To always have something available would be amazing so that if my cycle comes early or its heavier than normal and I go through more than anticipated I don't have to panic.


I am a single momma to 3 beautiful children. My youngest is 5 months so I'm dreading the return of my period. Every time I got it back it's gotten worse. Heavier, crampy, and just plan crap. Years ago when we were strapped for money I used toilet paper, and horribly enough I would try and reuse pads if possible. I don't want to go down that rd again. But l just cant afford to pay full price at this point.


I'm a stay at home mum, suffer from heavy periods since birth of my 2nd child, and it'd be amazing to try the period undies so I can sleep longer at night without stressing if I'm leaking.


I've suffered from endometriosis for about 26 years, and it's getting worse to the point where I will be crippled with pain for at least 5 days. I've been using a menstrual cup for a little while, but am finding it increasingly more difficult as inserting, removing, and even having it pop open inside me has me in tears.

Sometimes I will just sit in the toilet for 15 minutes and free bleed because it's so heavy. I have to change my cup every hour on my worst days.

Any money I do have is earmarked for bills, the kids and food. I'm currently a stay at home mum. My husband spends "his" money on whatever he wants (such as guitars and Star Wars figures), but is twitchy about giving me extra. I feel ashamed at having to ask for help. I know there are so many people out there who need it more than me.


We are a beneficiary family on sole parent support. Most months I have to go without tampons or buy home brand pads and tampons as I leak through everything. I've read that cups are really awesome for heavy bleeders and can also help with menstrual pain. I'd love to not have to worry every time I get my period.


We have 3 kids (6, 3, 2) I study full time and work part time (which all goes on daycare fees but hoping the experience will get me a job when I graduate at the end of the year). We.are just like.most young families living week to week with not a lot of wiggle room in the budget.


I am a 47 years of age women and have three very robust boys who are constantly needing every day life things, which takes up all of my income. I am on a very tight budget and I am finding that I can't afford personal items for myself especially when it comes to my monthly period. I now use ripped up rags which is not very reliable and unsanitary not to mention the smell is not pleasant. I'm really sorry for you to read this but is there any way you could help me please.

Patricia - Auckland


I suffered a birth injury while having my son. Unfortunately it has made using tampons uncomfortable. I do have some reuseable pads which are lovely and soft but too bulky for day time. The disposable pads seem to give me allergic reaction. It's embarrassing and I don't really know what else to do as I feel like I should be able to sort myself out- for a while I took the mini pill to stop my periods but now I get them anyway! I'm a SAHM and unfortunately funds are tight which is awkward for me to accept but when I have spare cash I spend it on my son.


I have been using a menstrual cup for 12 years. When I first bought one in Boots in the UK I bought extras for my friends. The first cup lasted 10 years, then I boiled it dry and melted it when sterilising it one day. The second one met the same fate a few months ago. I haven't been able to afford to replace it.

At the moment I am using reusable cloth liners and some folded up bamboo cloth nappy inserts. I work two days a week in an education setting and I dread my period falling on those days as the work is quite physical and I don't want to leak. One time when I did, one of my students kindly gave me her jacket to wrap around my waist.


Thank you for the help!. My mum is a single mum to me and has been since I was 6, I got my period at 9 which was a lot to take in. I went on the injection a couple of years ago which was recommended from my doctor because I had such heavy periods and such bad cramps that I would have to stay in bed the first 2 days and that meant missing school.

I am now 16 and have gone off the injection as I gained a lot more weight and i didn't think it was worth it if there were other options. My mum suffered a brain injury after the Edgecumbe flood that we went through in 2017 and is only just starting to work again, so money is still tight. Since I am off the injection my periods have come back with the same heaviness and the same cramps and last between 7-10 days. I find it really hard to have me and my mum to go without something to buy pads each month.

Any help will be much appreciated! Also I am doing athletics at school and the period undies would be better than having to worry about an uncomfortable pad when running or throwing.


I have been suffering with myalgic encephalomyelitis for the past 7 years and struggling on social welfare to support & feed myself.

I am slowly on the mend, from being so debilitated I couldn't lift my arm to brush my hair to doing a 16 km Cycle!!... My goal is to help rehabilitate others that have my illness & similar afflictions, through gentle gradual exercise, (when I am able to), as I know first hand just how demoralising it feels, but how doing just a little something each day can make such a difference, also it is a very isolating illness & I want to bring people together to support each other!

But for right now I find trying to buy things like shampoo & conditioner, soap, deodorant, socks, etc etc.. so hard to do when your on such a limited budget. I literally get $25 in the hand, if I am lucky to buy any extras..and it is damn near impossible if you have to buy pads on top of this for a quarter of what you have left... in total!

I recently wrote on a womens forum asking for help with my terrible period pains and someone referred me over to you. What a blessing you are! Thank you so much.

Helen - Canterbury.


Would really love your help as I suffer with bleeding a lot and am wanting to try your products as I do have a hard time trying to afford pads and tampons.


Being on a single income, prioritizing trying the menstrual cups & the period underwear keeps getting pushed aside. I would love to try them though as I have 2 daughters. Trying all the options now available to us will be a great help when my girls are in need of them.


I don't feel like this is something I would usually apply for, but I've just got my first period since my son was born (16 months old) and with it being winter my tradie husband is earning less money than normal at a time where our power bill has literally doubled and our freezer of home kill meat is almost gone. I'd been thinking of using reusable products when I got my period back, it's just chosen the worst time to make its appearance!


I'm hoping the good fund can help me. I have 7 children and work, but have little money left after bills and cant always afford products that are suitable. I bleed so heavily that i go through a lot and have to get expensive night pads so the cost is huge. I haven't been able to use tampons since about baby #5 but would love to try period underwear and cloth pads to reduce the cost and as an added bonus the impact on the environment from all the disposable pads. My daughter (12y) has just started her period also so would love her to start with period underwear and cloth pads so it becomes normal for her.


I am currently a mother of 2 with another baby due in 5 weeks, I'm very keen to make the change to using reusable products and would really appreciate help in being able to do so. I am currently trying to prepare everything for when the baby comes but also to purchase a new vehicle as our car was totaled in a car accident when I was 25 weeks pregnant.

Since having my 2 boys I also have a very week pelvic floor the slightest, cough, laugh or sneeze and I wet myself. It sucks especially since I'm only 25. As I've only just gotten us a place to call home after being on the waiting list 8 months with hnz I've already used $5500 of entitlements for household item essentials such as beds, fridge, washing machine and clothes and school stuff for my kids, so I'm unsure but hopeful this will be approved.

Sinnead - Wellington


I have a very heavy period for the first 3 days of my period, I leak every single period using pads without fail, tampons give me bad cramps. The cup may be able to help me.


I only work part time and it can be hard to find the cash for something new, especially if I'm not sure it will suit/work. It's just easier to spend money on something we know works, but I'd love to try a full pack. I'm sure they'll be O for Awesome.


I'm a mum of two and I'm trying my best to be environmentally conscious, and to teach my kids that as well. The good fund can help me by teaching me alternative ways to manage my period which I can then pass on to my kids and know I'm not harming the planet.

Melysa - Waikato


I'm a solo mama of one beautiful little boy, the cost of buying one of products out right is a little out of my reach.


I cannot always afford menstrual products.


After birth of my 2nd son I have had issues with prolapse. Big babies and vaginal births, busy mum who didn't do enough kegal's cos there's another thing you "should" be doing that never gets done. Tried a cup but it exasperated the prolapse and was really tricky to remove.

I work a few hrs a week doing therapeutic art classes for teens with mental health diagnosis. Its a great job but doesn't bring in much. We are really lucky to have our own home but the mortgage is equivalent to rent in nelson and my partners wage doesn't stretch to "luxuries" like reusable menstrual products.

I have a couple of cloth pads which are great, but get really bunched and I can still leak out. I have PCOS and I'm never sure when my cycle will start and when it does it can be cripplingly heavy. I'm interested in trying out the period pants, but wonder if they come in plus size?  I'm a size 18 or 20 and I'm worried they wont fit my booty.

Each cycle I get thrush and have had vaginosis or vaginaitis or some kind of issue with the flora and fauna of my vagina since babies- this is always made worse by plastic pads, some cheap ones even have a scent!!. Tampons are painful for me and cause lots of unnecessary rubbish in the environment.

I'd be stoked to receive some support with some undies, and in turn give someone else the opportunity to have some once I'm working a bit more and able to afford things off the necessity list. I'm also a keen sewer so could look at some DIY efforts too!? Thanks for considering my application


I would love to switch to period undies, since having kids I'm not liking my cup or tampons and all my funds get spent on the kids.

Laura - Auckland


I'm pregnant with my 3rd child, due soon and struggling to afford a cup but would love to try one to be more friendly to the environment


My husband and I have been put on a benefit due to my health being poor and I need support to look after the children. I've really noticed the added cost of the necessities during this time. I've wanted to try period underwear since hearing about it due to irritation from standard liners and tampons. I have suffered most of my life with endometriosis and polycystic ovaries which have both meant I've been hospitalised several times. I have had surgery for endo but since having children it has come back.


I have been suffering with terrible periods pain and an extremely heavy flow after my pregnancies and it has really cost a lot every month, especially because my period can sometimes carry on for 2 weeks! And I have to still use the huge maternity pads throughout. I've always been intrigued about the 'my cup' craze and I've been really trying to save up to try and use more reusable products because I think they would definitely save money and the planet! Unfortunately, I just haven't quite gotten there on a solo income.

And as hard as this is for me to ask, I thought it was time to reach out for myself ...I was wondering if I was able to seek your help?


I have very heavy periods. So have to use maternity or the night time pads all the time. Can't use the cheap one unfortunately. For the last couple of years while I have my period I get the most insane burning and itching feeling. My skin that touches the pads is inflamed and sometimes weepy. I am allergic to latex so I wonder if this is why. I can't afford to buy reusable pads but I think this is the only way to go. The last few periods I have resorted to using a flannel as it's been too painful.


I am currently have the merina due to medical conditions and have had to use panty liners every day for the last 12 months due to spotting, I don't have the outright cost for menstrual underwear but would love to give them a try


Hi there I'm a single parent working part time. I often struggle to afford groceries let alone tampons and pads etc with heavy periods I go through a lot of tampons. Some tampons the cheap kind give me awful thrush and itchiness but I just put up with it. I would really love it if you could help me.


Since having my second baby I have developed a prolapse and menstruation has become an even more uncomfortable experience. I would love to try the period underwear and menstrual cup but find it hard to justify the dollars. Any help or discount toward this would be so much appreciated.


I have endometriosis and prior to falling pregnant had great success with a cup. I'm now 12 months PP and post 3rd degree tear and at this point am unable to use my cup yet. I'm a solo mum on a benefit and cannot afford to take the 50% reimbursement route to purchase a pack of menstrual underwear or pads.


Since having my baby I experience really heavy periods, often having to change my tampon every 30-40 minutes and constantly leaking and having to change clothes. I'm allergic to most pads I have used and Would love to try menstrual underwear to see if they can help make my day easier, it's so hard looking after a toddler and dealing with excessive bleeding. I am not currently working and it just isn't possible for me to spend so much on a product right now.


I would like to switch to reusable options, but they are not affordable for me right now.


Currently we are facing the possibility of losing our home.

My partner has had to change trades (and take a huge pay drop) and my job was made redundant. We're working with budget advice and applying to get our KiwiSaver released early so that we can keep our home. My period has just returned 14 months after having my first baby and the extra cost of menstrual products is just something we can't afford at the moment.

I've never had to ask for financial help before and would be sooo appreciative to have some discount. We already do cloth nappies and wipes and I breastfeed so some period knickers would be one more way that we can save money. I'm in the process of applying for a community services card too.


I am interested in trying period underwear. I am suffering badly with endometriosis and heavy periods that are coming every 2 weeks and lasting for up to 10 days therefore I am going through a lot of disposable pads and I only have a few reusable pads to use.


My eldest girl is 12 and has just started to get her period, except it has no rhythm yet, it's coming weekly will stay for a few days, then bleeding will stop and randomly she will have some spotting again only days later. (dr says this can be normal for her age) but it's frustrating for her & she's finding it hard to keep on top of, all of her underwear are now stained and I've found her hiding her soiled undies because she is embarrassed (poor girl I've tried hard to normalise periods but she's still whakamā about it & I get it). Period undies sound like the perfect solution for her & I'd love to be able to get her some but I do find them so pricey!!

I myself am also pregnant with baby number 5 and am hoping to get some maternity period undies also, I've used a cup for over a year but know it won't be suitable after birth.

Would so appreciate help with funding if we were eligible. Arohanuitia

Kylie - Waikato


I'm a student who after paying all my bills is left with a spare $6 a week. I am really interested in reuseable menstrual products and would really appreciate some help with purchasing them. I not only want to make a difference to the environment but also feel that these products are better for my body and over all health also.


I would love period undies as I have a different shaped body after this 3rd rough recovery c section and having 3 infections postpartum.


After a long 12 years of period issues I'm ready for something more sustainable. I happen to bleed almost every day for months on end until I go on pills to stop it which you're not allowed for more than 3 weeks! Spending so much on pads is beyond ridiculous and I worry about not having any sanitary items left as Often I can't afford them.

I would love reusable underwear, it would make my life with every day bleeding so much more manageable and not only reduce waste of sanitary products but also I'll never have to stress about not having any money for items.


I would love to be considered for some help. I've wanted a cup for a long time but haven't as yet been able to afford to buy one. Long story short my husband has a brain tumour and that means we're struggling financially for many reasons all beyond our control and I'm currently using my baby's nappy liners as pads which are not leak proof, discrete or fit for purpose. I was wondering if I could please be considered for some assistance?


Hi! I am hoping to start my daughter in period undies as shes started her flow! I would love this to be a lifetime habit for her to be able to use reusable products!


I follow Raising Ziggy on Instagram and have admired how she parents and lives her life for a while now...and my period has just returned after having a baby and it's heavy and I have stomach pain and I do not have time for that nonsense in my day. I am raising my son and my partner is a student so money is tight and am hoping you can help me help myself.

Veronica - Auckland


My partner is unable to work at the moment due to medical reasons (awaiting surgery then further diagnosis) so we are down to one income, and it would be a huge financial release to have some reuseable products to use for that time of month instead of having to buy them every month. Every small bit of money counts for us, and it would nice to do something else that helps the environment.


I would love some help to purchase the menstrual cup. I can't use tampons and pads are so expensive.


By purchasing a menstrual pack or a cup would be so helpful and one less cost I'd have to worry about.


I'm currently waiting for my first pp period after having my 2nd baby 6 months ago. I was having a conversation at my local crossfit gym with the other mums I train with. Only 2 of us had never tried a cup!


I would like to start using a menstrual cup but find the outright price a bit steep.


I would love to be able to try reuseables. I have 3 daughters too,eldest 10 so a better option would be awesome.


I would love to try a cup that works. I would also love to introduce my daughter to cups.

I'm a solo mum to two girls. 18 and 12. I tried a cup a couple of years ago but was so disappointed - It cost a bomb, ($60 for me is a huge amount) it moved, it leaked, I could feel it - I was so bummed. It's one of those purchases where initially you feel so upbeat about saving money and the planet, then when it doesn't work out it's beyond disappointing, because definitely not in a position financially to keep trying until I find the right fit for me.

My daughter has one polycystic ovary - I know right, who knew it could be limited to one and not both?! She is 18 and gets her period every other month. When it does come though - it comes with gusto - or should that be "gush-to"? See that....period pun.

All jokes aside - I heard of your work through Millie Elder Holmes and would appreciate any help to start my whanau on a more sustainable period journey.


I am a single mum and work on a pretty strict budget so I have been too worried to purchase a cup incase it's the wrong one and a waste of money.


Due to being on one income for the past year and looking after my young daughter and providing for 4 of us I often get to my time of the month and have no money left over to buy products to use, I hate getting into situations like this and would love to try a menstrual cup or an alternative where I don't have to worry about the cost or the harm to my body.


I don't wish to use tampons or pads after the birth of my daughter, however yes I can afford a box of tampons I can't afford any other options. I am working full time and it makes me feel incredibly sad that I am still restricted to only tampons. I would love if I could get some assistance.


I'd love to use period underwear as I get uncomfortable in pads and extreme pain from tampons, I know it'll be cause its not natural products but after buying babies formula I'm left with cheapest option available for pads.


I'd like your help to purchase some period underwear. I have an ultra heavy period that lasts for 2 weeks.
Sometimes I have to resort to using toilet paper because there's not enough left in our budget for more pads.


Money is incredibly tight and often buying period products is hard to justify as I have 2 kids to feed and its hard.


Would love some help in getting some reusable pads or period undies being a one income family of six at the end of every month it's a struggle to put any money aside for pads. especially since having my twins my bleeding has increased which means double costs 🙁 however it still works out a bit cheaper than purchasing the reusable ones that retail.


I would love some help with purchasing a menstrual cup as i would like to have a reusable product! I don't always have a spare $50 + to buy this, with day to day bills and a under 3 year old- Paying for full time care! Thanks so much


I have been using a menstrual cup, but have had a prolapse since my last birth and can no longer use it. I would love to be able to try period underwear.


I have very off and irregular periods varying in length and heaviness and struggle to be able to afford menstrual products to keep up. I have as many reusable as I can but definitely need some more. I invested in a moon cup myself but isn't the right fit and hurts to use but cant afford to purchase another!


I would love to try period underwear as the older I get the less I enjoy managing my periods internally but being a single mum on a benefit this financially isn't an option for me.


With 3 children and a husband with a chronic illness we are on a tight budget so I don't have the extra money right now to buy a cup. After hearing all the benefits I would love to try a cup.


My 11 year old daughter recently started her period! Products for us both is proving to be rather expensive.


I am a working mother of 4. 2 boys & 2 girls. Oldest girl is 17 and is extremely conscious about our environment. Unfortunately even with a decent salary, once Bill's are paid there is not much left. I was lucky enough to have been gifted a menstrual cup at Hapu Wananga but I gifted on to a mama that I believe was in more need than myself at the time. I would love to support my 17 yr old daughter with her desire to use reusable menstrual products however there just is never enough spare money to go around each week with my children's day to day needs.


With a huge debt on our accounts I need to turn every cent.. recently I have been lucky to purchase a big set of cloth nappies for my baby girl, now I need to look at doing that for me. A lot of people encouraged me for the menstrual pads & cups and I would like to start it but can't afford it apart from making my own pads

Linda - Canterbury


I find it so expensive as a solo mum to buy organic tampons and would like to get reusable sanitary products instead. The upfront costs can be expensive and I need to also build a puberty pack for my daughter whom is not far away from getting her first period.


I have been wanting to switch to a menstrual cup/fabric pads for several months now but due to being on one income/young family it hasn't been a priority. Would love the opportunity to try this and switch over to this healthier alternative. Thanks for your consideration!


I've tried reusable pads with not much success, but I still want an environmentally sustainable option. I'd like to try a cup and period undies, but I'm quite apprehensive about fitting/knowing how to choose appropriate fitting cup. I've just had my second baby, if that makes a difference?

Lara - Otago


I would like some assistance purchasing a menstrual cup. I'm a solo mum of four, and I had one but my dog got hold of it and ate it.


I would like help to purchase menstrual pack please. I make sure my 3 daughters have the best but I use what I can afford most times I feel so insecure and literally get scared to go out while I'm menstruating.


I would love to use a menstrual cup but just do not have the money to fork out.


I'm still a stay at home mum with my 2 children, for over 2 years I have thought 'I must buy a cup this month', but have found it to be just too much of an upfront chunk of money ....so another months rolls around...and another. I messaged Em from Raising Ziggy on Instagram a while back as I felt like I wasn't really 'hard up' enough to qualify, I wasn't complaining about that fact at all-but just musing about how there must be a lot of stay at home mum's like me where it's just not a priority expense when you're not earning, as much as we would love a cup! Yet we wouldn't like to complain about genuinely being in an impoverished situation. Basically Em said to go for it, and that that is why the Good Fund exists.


I have a family of 8 and I would really love to be introduce to reusable menstrual products as I'm currently using the products from the supermarket which I hate using because it's not environmentally friendly. I'm too busy with my family that I have not had time to research or find alternatives better suited to myself or my girls(I have a 11 yr old daughter who just got her period) so this pack would be great for us.


I would love to be able to make the change to reusable products for periods. I am a Mum of 5 under 7 yrs and hubby is off work on ACC with a injury so the costs of initially changing are prohibitive at this point. Would love the help


I feel embarrassed applying for this as we aren't necessarily in as dire position as so many but I am a stay at home mum and i cant find the spare money to seem to put aside for period underwear which I would love to try as tampons give me thrush, pads are grouse and i just cant seem to work my cup (which i would be happy to donate) I just don't know if that's hygienically ok??


I would love to be able to move to reusable menstrual cups as products are so expensive for a non luxury item and I often run out between pay days with three kids to look after.


I'm in need of reusable items for my period, for starters to reduce waste, and because I'm having to use "organic" sanitary items due to being ultra sensitive which I'm struggling to afford now I've recently become a single mother of 4.


I'd really like to try these products. I currently use tampons or pads at night-time but to be perfectly honest more often than not I just bleed into my underwear (I have a few pairs that I reserve for my period) because providing for the kids comes first. I also find underwear is just more comfortable but can only do that at night time because otherwise it leaks through into my clothes...is that gross?

Kate - Waikato


We are a one wage family and menstrual products are at the very bottom of the list. I'd just really love to go a period without a rash from disposables.


With 4 children I find it hard to afford feminine products, as sometimes it's a choice between them or food. I'd love to get help to be able to have reusable products


I would like to get a menstrual cup but with 3 children and one income, I can't justify the cost of buying one sadly.


I would love to trial period underwear for my daughter. She's only 9 but it seems like it may not be far away but cant be completely sure.

Anah - Southland


Hi there, I have always wondered about period underwear/reusable pads. But I definitely do not have the funds to fund any specially with having a little one now.


I'd really love to be able to afford some menstrual knickers! The idea of not buy products every month sounds stressfree! And good for the environment!


I have been wanting to switch to reusable products for about a year. I would love my daughter to also use reusable products right from her first period. Every time I have thought about purchasing something, specifically undies or pads for us both, something has come up, bills, school trips, car issues etc.


I am a solo mum to four children. My eldest is nearly 13. I would love to get her some period undies. But with three under three I just don't have the funds for it.


Help to buy the period undies for either my 14 year old daughter and I or just my daughter, I'm a single mother of two on the sickness benefit due to c-ptsd

Elizabeth - Waikato


I have a very heavy flow, and I go through a lot of pads to the point some days and nights I have to use toilet paper, or a towel to reduce costs . I can spend a good $20+ on pads (Budget brand) every time I get my period . I can have my period for 2 weeks straight. I really can't afford that. I will really appreciate it to be funded a cup and reusable pad to help with costs, and to be myself again. And to actually have a social life, without worrying what to use next, or if I've bleed through . A lot of girls with heavy non stop flows are raving about cups & reusable pads.


I have been wondering about making the switch for a while and having an 11 week old baby and a period that decided to return already despite breastfeeding, I think it would make dealing with it simpler to have a cup and maybe some undies. Funds are tight and I very likely won't be returning to my part time work because our baby is a heart girl, meaning we will also have to be dealing with surgery at some point on top of currently getting meds and extra calories into her 5 times a day.

So if I could access some help with this I would be so very grateful. Thank you either way! I have been following Raising Ziggy and see all the great village work happening, it has spread to Whangarei with talk of a clothes drive here to support the fund and I think it's awesome!


I would love to try different options of sanitary products, I currently only use pads.


I am looking for help to purchase some items for my daughter who has just started getting her period. I am a single mum on invalids benefit and I'm finding it hard to find different products for her


I've just started back training at the gym and well skipping and any thumping exercise is off limits because of my weak pelvic floor after my second bubs. I want to buy some of the modibodi undies to help me so I'm not restricted or limited to what I can do in the gym class. My sister has put me onto you as she mentioned you may be able to help with the postage cost with your new initiative


I'd like help to get period undies packs for my foster daughters but our budget is limited right now.


Help with funding for period underwear. So it is easier for my daughter and to educate her.


I have two teens 14 and 11. Both suffer from heavy periods. I think using the period undies in conjunction with a reusable pad would stop a lot of the anxiety away from the girls constantly worrying they will bleed through there uniforms at school. With two teens and my self periods become really expensive. This would help. Cut down on cost too as well as being better for out environment.


I've been thinking about buying period undies for myself for awhile but to be honest as single mum cant justify the spending, but I would like to try these for my daughter she wont use tampons and pads make her uncomfortable. Menstruation in general seems to upset her still even 4 years later lol. I would love a discount to try these pants for her please.


I would like some help to purchase a reusable menstrual pack.


Would love to buy period undies for my 11 yr old. The poor thing has severe heavy periods like me from the day she got it. She is struggling with pads and being so active. I would also love a moon cup as I bleed so bad I go through super tampons in 10 minutes. I can go through several boxes in just one period & regularly have blood/iron transfusions because of it. The cup won't help that but it will stop me wasting $30 a period on tampons.


My 11 year old daughter has the heaviest period. She's embarrassed to go to school for.fear of leaking. We buy the super pads, the extra long night ones and she wakes up with blood.in her bed. I feel for her so much, I had horrific periods myself and suffered endometriosis. I just want to give her all she needs to be able to go to school, and not have period fear.


I have a family of 5 and would love to help my teen with what will essentially be a more sustainable way to deal with her period, we want to try the undies.


I have a cheap cup and I have found it's slightly too long and have been thinking about getting a shorty one. Other than that I am converted to using a cup. I still find I need to change it during the day on the first couple of days of my period so have been looking at the period underwear to try too. With 3 kids and q income my needs obviously come last! I would also love to have tried a couple of options before my 10 year old needs them so I can be armed with info.


My little sibling is non-binary but was born a female.
They struggle every month with having to deal with a period and does not want to use tampons because they seem to invasive, at the moment they use pads which they HATE but unfortunately I don't have the money to buy them a good set of period undies (their are some cheap versions out there but they have not worked, for a couple of embarrassing events). A subsidy would help so much and I think undies will take some of the stress away for the mean time.


I desperately want to try the period underwear but they are just out of my budget. I tried using a menstrual cup but found I couldn't fit it correctly as my body changed so much after having my first baby. I have done 100% cloth nappy for my baby since she was 6 weeks old she is now 14 months and I desperately want to go the reusable option for my periods. I have purchased a couple of cloth pads which I use too but would love to try the underwear as I feel they would be more comfortable and give me more confidence... thank you for considering my application xx


I would really love to buy period underwear to try and then purchase some for my 12 year old. I think it would be good for me to try first so I can teach my daughter to use them properly.


Would love the opportunity for my 13 year old girl to be able to try these pants. She is 1 of 5 kids so funds are a bit low to just purchase these. She's using pads at the moment, which are embarrassing to carry around in your school bag.


As a single mum with a daughter who has started periods, i would love to be able to buy reusable period undies and pads but they are super expensive, we don't use cups and tampons so its always an uncomfortable time when its period time with pads.


Save our chaffing asses,, please!


As a young mum to 3 I'm not in the best financial situation but would love to be able to use a sustainable type of menstrual product. For my own well being and the environment.


By hopefully helping with some reusable period products that I can reuse instead of using paper towels and an old tea towel.


I need help to purchase a menstrual cup. I've never tried one but I would like to ditch disposable menstrual products and use reusables.


I am currently a single parent and these added expenses monthly do add up. Would love to move to reusables.


I am currently a solo mum with super heavy periods using a cup plus pads for 5/7 days of my period hopefully with period proof underwear I won't have the struggle of having to use pads as well as my cup.


I have been using disposable pads ever since I have had my first period. Recently, I have been reading and researching on sustainable living and came across reusable menstrual products. I am very interested in switching to resuable menstrual products, but due to the slightly steep price range, I have not been able to afford it. I would really really appreciate it if I could be sent one of the MyCup menstrual cups (Size 2 - I tend to have heavy periods?). I would be super grateful if that is possible. Thank you!


I would love to be able to afford reusable menstrual products, currently I struggle to be able to afford cheap pads every month! I have endometriosis and I do find that the type of pad makes a difference. I also hate the waste, I am in my 40's and it breaks my heart when I think of all the waste I have created over my menstrual lifetime.

I have in the past used reusable material pads, but find they are not absorbent enough for my heavier days and they are also well over 20 years old now. I have an 8 year old daughter and while she has not started her periods I can't help but think about how I am going to provide her with what she needs at the time. I keep hoping that I will have finished by the time she starts!


I would be forever grateful if there's something that can help me.
Currently I am on the sole parent benefit with 3 girls, one whom I am currently spending the budget on for their period. So this leaves me with a $2 pack for my really heavy couple of days and then I'm going through toilet paper during the day and a flannel for nights once I have gone through the pads. I can't use tampons as my period is too heavy and I go through too many anyway.

It's just getting very overwhelming, I dread that time of the month approaching and make sure I can have as much of that time at home as I can. I feel unwashed and I can smell the changes, which make me so paranoid other can too. It's awful and I'd love to find some help and an opportunity to be able to afford something that could give me back a week out of every month.


I would love to be able to have some reusable products, I'm a teenager and my mum can't afford to buy me the knickers etc. but I'd love to have them for my confidence at school.


I've been using cloth pads for a few months now and it's been great... but I'm not quite happy with them and I've been wanting to switch to period underwear. Mostly because then I don't have to worry about the pad shifting or overflowing in the night. I was just wondering if I could have some assistance to get some please; as they are rather expensive.


Ever since my 3rd child I've been having 10-12 day period with only a 2 week gap i need something that not messing with my body like pads do and well money is tight when your a SAHM. I've only ever used pads as tampons fell so uncomfortable when in. But the amount of pads I'm using at the moment isn't feasible for one income family.

Sammy - Otago


I have been chatting with a friend about the amazing work you guys do with period supplies. I was just wondering if I could get some help/advice with a smaller size menstrual cup and reusable pads/ undies.

I'm a single mum currently on a benefit, (waiting for clearance from ACC to get back to work) i was diagnosed with endometriosis and polcystic ovaries at 14. I have tried many treatments, drugs pills and potions but nothing helps my pain and heavy period. I have my period for on average 6 weeks at a time with 2 weeks in between. As you can imagine its costly. I currently use a pad and mini tampons due to regular tampons being extremely painful to use, sometimes minis are also painful to use.

Look forward to hearing back from you guys


We're currently on a single income with a toddler and money is really tight, I saved up for a menstrual cup about 6 months ago but I've never been able to get it to fit comfortably so I've gone back to using tampons. Since getting my period back after having my son even tampons don't feel comfortable so I've been wanting to try period underwear but it's just not in our budget currently


I currently use second hand reusable nappies . As I can't afford disposable. And I use flannels as sanitary pads. This works. But I suffer from PCOS so I can bleed for months on end or not at all, s friend of mine directed me to this site after hearing that I cant afford sanitary products


I'm a solo mum to a beautiful almost 4 year old son, we get by ok but I often struggle with the cost of things. Especially feminine hygiene products. I've heard so many good things about cups plus I love the idea of never having to spend money on things that are a must but just end up in the rubbish. I've wanted to try them for awhile now but unfortunately I cant spare the high cost of them. I was told that WINZ do help with the cost but I really don't want to add to my existing debt.


Hi I have 4 girls. We would like to share a pack of the reusable pads to try. The cup I have used in past must be a cheap one it's very hard and uncomfortable.


My partners niece is 11 and God forbid got her period very early in life. Her mother is a single mother and doesn't have the money to spare for period undies but has told me many times she wants to get them when she has the money.


Could I please order the Lunette and undie pack with the 50% assistance please. I purchased a new MyCup (June 2018) and used it for the first time this June. Best thing ever! Unsure why I waited so long! I struggled inserting, took me a few attempts in the shower, leg up on the wall, because I was a lazy applicator user, I could never use the push up tampons. But it was a massive achievement when I finally popped it in correctly.

I did however struggle to find my stem on the loo and I had to take another shower to empty. These were my first 2 days. Had I researched a little more, I would have purchased the Lunette first, after recently learning that there are different stem lengths etc. Also, I'd love to try the Modibodis saves me using pads all together, now that would be my ultimate period goals!!

Jahdine - Waikato


I have Pcos so my periods are all over the show, it would be amazing to have period undies to help with those surprises. Also have bladder leakage from a digestive disorder from being unable to clench my muscles properly so if I could use something that doubles for both that would be the bees knees.
I am currently on a medical benefit because of my gastric disorder so funding these myself is a struggle as I would like to wear them on a daily basis. I am trialing a menstrual cup I was given but it is leaking as I think it is too big


I am a disabled 23 yr old living week by week. I have a broken vertebrae in my spine, 2 surgeries, the second being 2 weeks ago. The cost of food, medicine, doctors, ubers etc makes me poor so I quite often run out of pads or ruin underwear as my period has decided to be heavier than it ever has been. I want to see if a cup will work but they're expensive.

Bethany - Waikato


I'm a 20 yr old student living in the South Auckland region. I've recently become more aware of my environmental impact and have begun making small changes to create less waste such as carrying a reusable straw/utensils, avoiding plastic and one use packaging waste and being more mindful of wasting electricity.

As I rely on a student allowance for income, I often find myself reluctant and avoidant of buying essential menstruation products, as the cost of them adds up to be quite expensive. I'm excited to make the switch to a menstrual cup/reusable pads. If you could please help me purchase a menstrual pack, it will hugely help me achieve my goals in creating less waste and help me long term to save money. I would love to be able to recommend menstrual cups to my friends!


I have endometriosis and have extremely bad periods I've been wanting to try the cup but being a one income family its tight. I had endo surgery in September within 4 months my endo was back.


I would love to make the switch to reusable products but I just cannot afford to at the moment as a student in New Zealand.


I had been really excited to try a cup for a long while and purchased a cheap one that has let me down. We are a single income family and I don't normally ask for help but would really appreciate help to buy a quality cup. The one I use now leaks and is very difficult to get out, and whilst comfortable I still need to use pads as my period is quite heavy. So it is helping but not quite right.

I would be hoping for a discount, not a free cup. The work you is doing is amazing and if I don't qualify then I am ok about that, there are plenty in greater need than me. We are just out of the range for Winz help unfortunately so unable to get a quote for them to help.


I am applying on behalf of my mother in law. She is living on a benefit and has no money spare after paying for the essentials. She had to borrow tampons from me during her last period, and she is going through hormone replacement therapy due to a bladder issue which means she has heavy and more frequent periods than usual.

She just can't afford to keep buying tampons and pads and stays home instead when she has her period. She is definitely keen to use reusable menstural products and I just hope I can help her in some way. She has no internet or email so she cannot apply for herself. Thanks for everything you guys do you're amazing.


I'm a single mum trying to survive. As I only have partial care of my eldest I don't qualify for full benefits for her including NO disability benefit (she has ASD). I suffer from anxiety due to abusive relationship, custody battles etc and am seeking an ADHD diagnosis. I cannot seek work due to my kids situations. I am trapped financially. I would really appreciate some period underwear as I currently free bleed and its very hard to stay hygienic.


I'm a busy mum of 4 and a full-time student. Making one income stretch to feed and house 6 of us isn't always fun.

My 13 year old daughter ready struggles with using sanitary products, the hassle and being embarrassed by them. I'd love to be able to get a set of period underwear for her to try.


Kia Ora, Tena Koe, Hello Good Fund Team.

I have been reading and watching posts on Facebook a lot over the last 4-6 weeks along with posts from "Raising Ziggy" about period products, the costs and the impacts mainstream products have on our body and environment, and it's made me think seriously about woman's health and closely about the monthly budget currently and will soon to be going up, with this in mind it has lead me to reach out.

I am a 32 year old mother of three children, lucky I have two sons but with my daughter she is now 11 and is still yet to experience what its like to become a woman and the monthly dealings that come with life getting older. I myself have suffered tremendously with painful heavy periods since I was 11 and on top as far back as i can remember (8-9yr) battle with bladder incontinence which is worse now after the births of my dear children.

The cost of being fresh all day everyday is crippling not only the wallet but my self-esteem personally with emotions and in my relationship, but then to add menstrual costs on top of it. I know I'm not the only woman having this issue. I will be filling out the winz quote form because you don't know unless you ask but I don't think they will accept it as I owe almost $6000 as it is and I'm guessing because of the daily incontinence upkeep I would need quite a few items to maintain me as well as for my daughter when her period arrives.

I've been on meds for the incontinence that eventually my body becomes immune then they don't work, I've also had bladder xrays and I need an operation to correct it as I am straight smack bang in the middle of stress/urgency but I'm fearful of the method used (mesh sling) in this opp due to the stories of post opp issues so I've not yet gone ahead with it.

I'm still not even sure that your products are even going to be suitable for the incontinence due to how unfortunately heavy the leakage actually is. but I am most certainly interested in having a chat further to discus the options for me.

As for my daughter I know that when her period does arrive she would be in preference to use pads not tampons. Thank you for giving me the chance to share my story and hope to hear from your team in the near future.


My daughter just got her first period and I struggle to buy pads for myself every month. I have brought some reusable pads as I don't want her having the same issues I have with non organic pads and I don't want that near her skin is such a sensitive area.

My period lasts 10-12 days with 2-3 days off in the middle at night. I sleep on a towel to save on pads, I have days where I wear a pad for to long because I don't have any left and I'm waiting for the reusable pads to be washed and dried.

I know the initial cost compensates over the long term how ever currently we are on student benefit with a family of 5 as my husband owns his own business but we are not drawing a wage so buying anything extra is out of the budget currently but this is a necessary cost and I don't want my daughter to miss out or be any different because I cant afford to give her what she needs.


I'm a single mum to 2 toddlers on a solo parent benefit and I struggle with my periods as they are so regular and the cost of disposables is so large.

Alannah - Pukekohe


I have had endometriosis and associated pain using tampons since I was 14. After three surgeries, I found that the Mirena saved me - no/very light periods. However, after the birth of my one year old, I am not working, and definitely can't afford the cost of having another $400 Mirena fitted. I now have very heavy, painful periods again. (On a side note, I'd love to one day work on funding or having pharmac fund the Mirena for women with endometriosis, or very painful periods who may not be privileged enough to be able to jump through all the hoops to get surgery to confirm endo...)

Using tampons is more painful than it used to be as I tore badly during my son's birth. Four months ago we purchased a cup from the supermarket in case it was better than tampons - and it was, a lot better. But now this has already started to crack (ugh!!) and I can't use it anymore. We don't have it in our budget at the moment to purchase another one. I mostly use cloth pads currently to avoid tampons, but do have to use them at the start as I bleed much too heavily for just pads.

So I'd love to be able to try another cup (I'm looking at the shorty cup as I think I'm a bit munted down there by the birth and had to turn the one I was using inside out to get a comfortable fit???).

HOWEVER, I am aware that I am lucky to be in the position where I CAN afford tampons, and lots of other women can't even afford that and there may be A LOT of applications like that at the moment so I am totally fine with not being a priority now (or ever!) and I am sure that some point in future I will be able to get another cup 🙂 Thank you for your mahi either way, it's incredible.


I have a really heavy period and I'm struggling to afford $10+ a month on pads. I'd love to try a cup and some reusable pads/period undies.


I need help finding reusable menstrual products for myself and one day soon my daughter. We are a large family and not very well off and I don't know where to look or start.


I bleed for 2-3 weeks a month, I've tried mirena and the pill. Doesn't help. Mirena is out now after 4 years of pain and infection. I get a lot of Uris from tampon use. I never seem able to get pads that don't leak. I never know when period will strike. So I wear a pad everyday and it gets very expensive so I use a hankie or a rag. You would change my life if you could help me.


I am keen to try the period undies (if they make them big enough). I have a rather heavy period and go through a lot of pads per period.


I had a $10 cup but this only lasted around 2 years and wasn't a great fit. I've been using tampons since that time but have irregular bleeding and an irregular flow since having my children which means tampons don't really work for me anymore. I would really like a solution and to find a quality cup that works for me.


I'm a solo mum with 5 children. 4 of which are daughters. Aged 17, 14, 12 and 9. My 3 eldest daughters all got their when they were 9 so we wouldn't be surprised if she gets it soon. We go through a lot of sanitary products and it's affordability in the moment that prevents me from trying the cups.

Myself and my daughters would all like to try them. We have quite heavy flows on average. We are also aware of our rubbish we create. It's awful. Am I able to apply for all of us? I have just gone on the sole parent benefit this week.... Would a quote mean I have to sit at winz and talk about this in public....??


I would love The Good Fund to help me purchase a reusable menstrual pack. Buying pads constantly costs so much money, and isn't good when my period starts suddenly and I've got no back ups.


I'm so keen to try the undies and reusable pads. Each period seems to be causing worse reactions. I have just had a long period and having to use pads for so many days has meant itching and thrush. My husband and I have been trying to afford reusable options for me for a few months now and it just hasn't been in the budget. Now I'm going to have to spend the money I have been saving on thrush treatments.

Being a one income family, I know it makes my husband feel terrible that we can't afford these items. I feel yuck asking for help as I'm sure you have so many requests from women far worse off than me.


Hi, I would love a discounted cup for me. I'm a stay at home mum of 2 young boys and would love to save money but just can't afford the full priced cup at the moment.


I believe women, like myself and every other should be able to afford pads tampons etc for their periods, they should be free from health clinics like condoms. If I received a pack, it will help me with financially, with cost. Mentally & emotionally with my health issues, I have been using toilet paper and old clothing. I cant seem to afford I feel guilty buying me something I need if my kids need something more than what I do. I feel ashamed and embarrassed and don't tell anyone. But the blood has been ruining my clothes.


Hi there. I am looking to try the period underwear. I use my cup during day but want to have the underwear for night as I'm having to buy disposal pads and being a solo mum of three every cent counts. I was going to try get a grant from winz but I am already paying a bond back and I cannot afford to pay more per week. I would be grateful for any help.


I am applying for help to support our family in meeting the costs of period products. Heavy periods with clots are a common reality of each month - floods and continual worry re leakage and social pressures of a young lady. Period undies are a product she will use - no product that is inserted is an option for her - age, stage, and worry stop this from being an option.


Looking for help or subsidy to purchase 2 one for myself and one for my daughter. I am a single mum of 5 and no longer want to use products that take a long time to break down. Would like to try the cup. But due to a tight budget limitations to purchase.


I'm needing some reusable products and am hoping to access the fund for help.


Hi. I would love to get my 11yr old daughter some underwear for when her period starts. she has autism, sensory issues and anxiety. I think these will be amazing for her so she doesn't have to see/deal with the blood like she would with disposable pads.


We're a single income family and I'd love to not have the monthly expense of tampons. I have tried a mooncup but since having my baby, I've really struggled getting it in the right spot (as things have changed!) and it's just not working for me.

Several people have recommended the Modibodi underwear and I'm very keen to try them out and limit my impact on the environment. Thanks so much for considering me.

Claire - Bay of Plenty


A year ago I became a solo mum. This month is the month I finally managed to move out of my families homes, to pay my own rent and stand on my own two feet. Today, I got my period back for the first time postpartum. And it brought me to tears, not because of the hormones (although hell, they're probably not helping), but because I haven't budgeted for it.

I have enough money to go get some tampons so I feel like I shouldn't be reaching out for help. But this will be a monthly "oh FUCK" and if I could have a reusable menstrual cup at home then it is something I don't need to worry about anymore. If you could help me get my hands on a menstrual cup, I would be so relieved.


I found this site watching Millie Elder Holmes. I am a 34yr old solo mum, the added cost of a period each month does add up. I've use tampons all my life and have recently switched to pads after having my son. I have been looking into products that are healthier for my body and now I am aware of the waste accumulated with having a period.

I have been interested in using a cup and looking into all the product like period underwear and reusable pads, but the initial cost to try them are far beyond my budget. If you could help with anything for me to try ... I would be sooo happy


I would love to use period underwear but can't afford to buy them. I'm a single parent of 2 so money is always funneled into family expenses.


I would love to try period underwear. And replace some reusable menstrual pads. Currently I'm a full time mum to a disabled 3 year old. I have used a diva cup before, but not comfortable with the idea of using now, after giving birth.


I would love to give reusable pads and liners ago, I just hate the odor disposables can give off. Along with the fact that I have reacted to them recently after having my 6 week old daughter.

Also my 9 year old will be starting down the path in a few years, hopefully quite a few years away, and i would love to be able to have her straight on reusables instead of disposables.

With my 6 week old baby being in an out of hospital with chicken pox and feeding/growing issues among other things, we just cant afford to keep spending money on disposables whether it be nappies or menstrual products.
Am planning on trying out reusable nappies once everything has calmed down.

Thank you for considering me, I do believe what you are doing / offering is amazing. 🙂


I want to make the move to sustainable and reusable menstrual products to help reduce financial and environmental costs.


As a heavy bleeder sometimes the cup just isn't reliable/comfortable or suitable especially after my miscarriages.
Period underwear is a fantastic option I wish I knew about sooner!


I would love to opportunity to try some reusable products. Currently I not working as I'm home with a wee one, so the out lay is out of my reach at the moment.


I need help to access and try reusable products as funds for this are low with 4 children.


We are a single income family and having just had my period back after my first baby I really want to make the change to a cup/period underwear. I love the idea of sustainability and also a better option for my body, as tampons/normal pads just aren't working for me after all the changes post baby.

Renee - Manawatu


I'd love to move to reusable menstrual products but am struggling to find the money now that I'm a stay at home mum and we're down to one income.


It would be great to have some period undies for when my 11 year old daughter starts her period. I love the fact that they reduce the impact on the environment and will make life for her so much easier than having to deal with bulky pads or try to use tampons (I couldn't use tampons till I was 18 so was more restricted in what physical activity I could do).


My partner and I recently separated and I am having trouble making ends meet as I'm now a solo mum studying to become a social worker. Switching to a reusable product like Modibodi underwear means I could save a lot of money each month and also reduce my waste. I owned one pair awhile ago, but they wore out and I can't really afford to buy anymore.


My daughter has an extreme anxiety disorder and is experiencing very heavy periods which are making it hard for her to attend school due to fear of leakage. these would be life changing for her.


I would love to try the undies as I've switched to the cup and am enjoying doing good for the environment and myself. I would appreciate good funds help as I'm a single mother with two boys who have just had birthdays and now I have limited funds, and really keen to try as a work friend says these are amazing.


Hi, my eldest daughter is 11 and I am wanting to get together a pack of reusable menstrual products for her for when she first gets her period. I use a cup now and hope to get some reusable period undies for me too at some point but I think if she starts out with reusable it will just be her norm. I am struggling to afford these.


I would love help with reusable pads or underwear. I currently only have 1 pad but love it! I'm a single mum to 3 kids under 4 so I just don't have the budget to buy any.


I'm applying for me and my 2 teenage girls. Because they use pads I use tampons, I usually get their things and I'll go old school. I hate it makes me feel gross but hey when life throws you a lemon you squeeze it! I also have got the rods in as contraception and my cycle is now longer and heavier.

Tracey - Auckland


I had a pretty well behaved menstrual cycle for the first 10 years since getting it, pretty regular lasting the "normal" 3-7 days and always light flow.

Fast forward to November 2014 when my period was due and didn't show up. After a couple of weeks of no period I did a home pregnancy test and bloods both were negative and the doctors couldn't figure out why. 6 or so months later my period reared its ugly head and was back with a vengeance.

Ever since then I have experienced severely heavy bleeding and usually bleed for 3-12 weeks at a time. As you can imagine, I go through quite a lot of sanitary products and it gets quite expensive. I have those big protective sheets that hospitals place under you after having a baby, that sometimes I have to sit on and free bleed as I've used up all my sanitary products or it's just too heavy and I don't have the right sanitary products for the amount of bleeding.

I suffer quite bad anxiety with my bleeding and it often stops me from going out as I panic that I will bleed through my clothes.


I am not quite 50 but suffer from severe heavy bleeding/ due to menopause due to being on a sickness benefit I can only afford 2 packets of budget sanity pads a week but I can easily use up to 7 a day on heavy days but have resorted to using cut up flannel sheets when I run out, not only are they bulky but embarrassing to hang on the wash line and then to hope they dry before it rains, and if it does rain? Then its toilet paper both of these have ruined my clothing from leaks, i also have my 12 yr old grand daughter has come into my care so now I will be giving her my sanitry pads to use instead, it would be an absolute god send with these products

Irene - Gisborne


I'm a solo mother of 3 children currently part time working and sometimes struggle to make ends meet in never put myself first everything I do and have is for my kids so buying things for myself is really rare.
My daughter is 9 and will be getting her period soon so this would help her immensely.

Nova - Auckland


It would be awesome to get a pack for my 19 year old daughter. She struggles .. as a student .. to afford to buy sanitary products.


I am a single mother to 4 beautiful daughters 26, 15, 11 and 9. I am also a second year student midwife so as you can guess money is pretty tight. With 3 of us requiring menstrual products every month it is starting to be rather costly and I would love to save money and also the environment by using reusable products even if it is only for myself at this time. I would really appreciate help to purchase myself a menstrual cup or reusable products for my daughters. Thank you for considering my application.

Nicky - Waikato


I'm a solo mum on a very tight budget however I have various health issues still yet to be diagnosed as I'm on the waiting list to see the gynecology department at Dunedin hospital. One of these is extremely painful and heavy periods which can last on average 2-3 weeks which takes a huge chunk of my grocery budget.


My husband is under the mental health act for over 20 years & suffers bipolar, schizophrenia & paranoia, therefore unable to work. We have a nearly 4 year old son, we're struggling financially. Having period materials would help hugely.

Tina - Auckland


I currently use a cup but its definitely the wrong size or shape or something, I only ever used pads before my pregnancies. After birth i just used the baby nappies coz maternity pads are ridiculously priced! I don't have the spare funds to replace the cup I have with something more comfortable at the moment, the kids need winter pajamas and that's more of a priority right now. I dread periods so much.


I am a solo parent of 3 children (14,5 &3) I am also a full time student on student allowance. By the time all the rent and bills and food has been paid for it can be a real stretch to be able to afford sanitary products for both myself and my 14 year old daughter. Sometimes when we both fell on the same cycle which is becoming more regular I am having to choose between myself or daughter of who to buy for meaning I often miss out We both suffer very heavy periods so to receive reusable sanitary products would be a real blessing.


Hi I'm a single mum of four and studying. So my budget is very tight. I struggle to buy my own products and now my daughter at the age of starting her period. I would love one of these packs for her so she's prepared.

Thanks heaps Nicola - Waikato


 

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