What it costs to have a period

The average woman has a menstruating lifespan of 33 years (from ages 12-45). With the lovely period lasting 3-7 days every month, women are spending about $4.00 a month on tampons AND an extra $4.00 for panty liners or pads to protect their underwear. This comes to $96.00 per year. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Well, in 33 years that comes to a grand total of $3,168.00 and can go up to $5,400.00 (depending on how long and heavy your periods are)! Not to mention that it’s 300 pounds of waste that your unsustainable vagina has produced for the environment!

The Chemicals in feminine hygiene products

Let’s take a look at some of the chemicals that go into tampons and pads. Chemicals? Yes, chemicals! Manufacturers are not required to list the chemicals that go into making tampons and pads because they’re considered ‘medical devices’.

Here are just SOME of the toxic ingredients in pads and tampons: aluminum, alcohol, fragrance additives, and hydrocarbons. The bleaching process leave behind dioxin. What’s dioxin? It’s a toxic chemical (chlorine-compound) linked to cancer, immune system suppression, ulceration, pelvic inflammatory disease, reduced fertility, changes in hormone levels and endometriosis. By the way, this is the same chemical storm (plus a few more) that goes into disposable diapers. Think twice moms!

Try this experiment

I challenge you to try this little experiment: Put an unused tampon into a glass of water and let it sit there for a few hours. When you come back to it, the glass will be filled with a residue and look cloudy. Everything that you see in that water is what is being absorbed by the soft tissues of your vagina.

Cost comparisons

Average cost of 30 years worth of cloth pads = $240.00-$1,000.00
Average cost of 30 years worth of disposable = $3,100.00-$5,400.00
Average cost of 30 years worth of cups = $150.00

Cloth pads and the cups are not only better for the environment but cost WAY less than the disposable and don’t include bleach, chlorine, dioxin and glow-in-the-dark ingredients.

The kind of cloth pads I use are from a brand called Charlie Banana. I only use them for the heaviest days along with the cup to protect my underwear and sheets. I wash them all either with my towels or with my cloth diapers. Surprisingly, they do not ever stain! Great for postpartum. I’d rather have something super soft, gentle and non-toxic for after-birth recovery than the chemically infused disposable pads.

Click on the picture below to get yours!

I also love these black bamboo ones!

I have 3 different sizes for the heavy, medium and light days. It also came with a wet-bag to store in incase you have to change in a public bathroom. They close up with the snaps and I just throw them into the wet-bag and into my purse. Neat, clean and convenient. 🙂

The cup that I use is Diva Cup. I originally bought it at Mom’s Organic Market and it has already lasted me forever! I’ll have to admit it was quite an experience the first time I attempted to insert it. After 20 minutes in the bathroom, I became much more familiar with my lady parts and how the cup worked. I’ve been using this one for over 2 years now and have only had minimal leaking when i’m sleeping (which my cloth pads will catch).

There are two different sizes depending on what fits your needs. 🙂

Diva Cup Model 2 Menstrual Cup

Diva Cup 1 Pre Childbirth (Packaging May Vary)

These alternatives are not only much healthier for you but they make a great impact on the environment. 🙂 Happy bleeding ladies!