17 May 2022

How would you prefer to access 'free' period products?

With funding from the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council now provides access to free period products, including re-usable alternatives to disposable pads and tampons. General feedback has been positive, especially as many families may be struggling with the rising cost of living. 

But the council would like to know more about the type of products you would like to access, where you would like to be able to access these and how. It is important suitable products are provided across Aberdeenshire’s wide geographical area.

Please take part in the Free Period Product Access Survey: This will take just 5-10 minutes to complete and will shape what is provided in the future.

Right now, you can access free period products from Live Life Aberdeenshire swimming pools and libraries across Aberdeenshire. They should be freely available within ladies/disabled toilets. Or download the ‘pick up my period’ app for an interactive map of all locations these are available from. The app is available by searching on both Apple or android devices and it is also signposted via the MyAberdeenshire app.

Please pick up items while you are out and about if you can. Alternatively, to order online (or if you would like to order re-usable pads), visit:

This important work relates to the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 Act, which states that everyone in Scotland who menstruates should have reasonably convenient access to period products, free of charge, as and when they are required. This includes visitors to Scotland for the duration of their stay.

If you have a query about free period product provision, email