Yes. Lack of menstrual hygiene is the main culprit behind infections during periods. Access to sanitary napkins for periods, clean water and sanitation are basic rights for women for a healthy period.
Out of shame and lack of resources, women are forced to use old rags, hay, mud-practically anything that can absorb blood.Such unhygienic practices can lead to urinary tract infection, reproductive tract infection, yeast infections and even sepsis.
Wearing sanitary napkins for more than 6 hours, using unclean sanitary napkins and not cleaning genitals properly could also invite infections.