Women can spend up to $17,556 over a lifetime on feminine products; and around $2,000 per year, making period products a large financial burden for women. This issue is not only focused on feminine hygiene products. Women need lots of supplies to get through their cycle. These expenses include dark chocolate (which helps alleviate cramps and increase energy), ginger tea and herbal soups (stimulate blood flow and nourish the body after blood loss), acne medication, new bedsheets, shampoo, feminine wash, and more!
The Pink Tax is when products marketed specifically towards women are priced higher. This is particularly unfair as Pink Tax is heavily on non-essential products that women feel forced to buy because of the patriarchal nature of our society, such as women’s razors. For decades, lawmakers were silent about the issue of period poverty, and many critics of the free tampon movement say that period products aren’t expensive. I’m not sure that argument is valid when low-income families have to decide whether they spend the last of their money on food or menstrual products.
With many women not having access to period products, Period Poverty increases: Period Poverty is a struggle many low-income girls and women face, where period products are inaccessible and become a large financial burden.
Period products must be free because period products are essential, they help us maintain health, productivity and hygiene. Women should not have to pay for something essential. Having constant access to menstrual products is a right, not a privilege. The simple fact is: menstrual care is health care, and must be treated as such.