Let’s be honest, vaginas can get expensive. From periods to contraceptives to special doctors, being a woman will inevitably cost a lot of money. One way to cut down those expenses? Switch to reusable menstrual products.
The average price of the best-selling brand of pads is $5.79. Multiply that by 12 months and your period will cost a woman $70 a year. That’s doesn’t seem so bad, right? But what about over her whole life? The average woman can expect to menstruate for 40 years. $70 a year multiplied by 40 years? That’s $2,800.
And tampons are even more expensive. The average price of the best-selling brand of tampons is $8.79. Multiplied by 12 months and then by 40 years? The average woman can expect to spend $4,220.
A typical cloth pad starter kit is about $120. That means you save more than $2,500 over your lifetime.
One menstrual cup runs about $40. That means you save more than $4,000 over your lifetime.
A woman who has to use both tampons and pads during her period can expect to save more than $6,500 just by choosing cloth pads or a menstrual cup instead. If that number doesn’t convince, there are plenty of other reasons to switch to reusable menstrual products. From helping the environment to keeping your body safe from toxic chemicals, switching to reusables is well worth the money.
So what will you do with the $6,500 you save over your lifetime?
Take a trip?
All you need is a cold drink and a good book. Photo By PhotoRack.
Redo your bathroom?
There’s nothing like a good soak in a hot bath to relieve bad cramps. Photo By Holland And Green Architectural Design/Flickr.
Go back to school?
Take that class in Ancient Greek Women’s Studies, just because it seems interesting. Photo By PhotoRack.
You’re doing a lot for you, your body, and your environment by using reusable menstrual products. You deserve to treat yourself!
And don’t be afraid to talk to your friends about cloth pads. The more women who switch to reusable menstrual products, the bigger the impact on the environment. Plus, it’ll be nice to have a friend on that vacation with you!
Tracy Puhl is the owner of GladRags, washable cloth menstrual pads and menstrual cups that are better for your body, your budget and the environment. Tracy is passionate about period positivity, woman-owned business, and empowering women everywhere to make healthy choices. In her free time, she likes to volunteer, travel, read and cuddle with her fluffy black cat.