How much are you spending on your period?

There is a perception that reusable period products: menstrual cup and menstrual pants are expensive compared to disposable tampons and pads. However, use of the menstrual cup saves money from the first year of use, reaching 1,600 euros in savings in ten years. Also with menstrual underwear there are annual savings.

We already know that having periods is not free. Regardless of the product you use, there is a monetary cost to manage the monthly bleeding. Although there are more and more government initiatives to reduce these costs, we are still far from universal no-cost periods. Given that we have to spend money on managing our periods, in this article we share the result of the research carried out by Redpanti which compares the spending on reusable products and disposable products so that you can see and decide for yourself.

There is a perception that reusable period products: menstrual cup and panties are expensive compared to disposable ones: tampons and pads. However, the reality is quite the opposite. By using the menstrual cup or period briefs there is a net saving from the first year of use.

savings of 30 to 40 euros per year
The average person menstruates for 40 years of their life, spending about 40 euros a year on disposable menstrual products. At the end of our “menstrual life”, this cost reaches 1600 euros - this being the average cost that can vary from person to person. Just swapping tampons for the menstrual cup, this cost is reduced to 120 euros. In other words the use of the cup can help you save more than 1,400 euros.

So the notion that reusable menstrual products are expensive is false. So the notion that reusable menstrual products are expensive is false. What is true is that reusable products represent a higher initial expense. Our pockets notice the savings during the course of a year of use, and this savings increases with the passage of time.

From ReZero Barcelona, they calculate that total expenditure on single use menstrual products throughout life can exceed 4,000 euros.

The cup, with good care, lasts up to 10 years, while washable pads and menstrual underwear have a life cycle of between 2 and 5 years depending on their use and care. You can consult our guide “Comparison of different resusable period products” for more information.

Most tampons and pads contain up to 90% plastic. These plastics irritate us, are harmful to our health and last on the planet, in our oceans, for up to 1,000 years. We can contribute 200 kg of plastic waste just because we menstruate, or not.

Invest in more sustainable periods.

Many people are unaware that tampons, although to a lesser extent than pads, contain plastic. According to the European Commission, throwaway pads are the fifth most common item on Europe's beaches, even above straws and plastic cutlery. [1]

Making the change to reusable menstrual products, as well as reducing the amount of plastic consumed, you can also collaborate with projects such as Buy One, Give One from Ruby Cup. In this program, with the purchase of a menstrual cup from Ruby Cup, another cup is donated to people without access to menstrual products.

How many people stop to read the materials that pads and tampons are made of? And how many to investigate what exactly are those materials?

What can reusable menstrual products mean for your health? Although taking the first step to change menstrual products is imposing, so was the first time using disposable ones.

Reusable menstrual products go hand in hand with greater transparency and it is one of our goals. At Redpanti every product is accompanied by a description of the materials, the manufacturing location and life and care of the product. If we look at the food we eat, why don't we do the same with menstrual products?

Invest in your menstruation better for your health and environment.Here are our 6 top tips to "invest in your period", being careful with your spending:

  1. If you already use tampons, consider switching to a menstrual cup. This will give you the most important savings.
  2. When choosing a menstrual cup, make sure that it offers you guarantees of change of size and / or money back for example: Ruby Cup. In this way if you make a mistake it will not cost you.
  3. If you want to continue saving, think about replacing disposable panty liners with a washable cloth ones, this is much cheaper. With 2-3 you can cover your period if you wash them in the middle of the cycle. Also, these have a lower price than menstrual underwear.
  4. Menstrual underwear also provide savings and are very practical, our recommendation is to try one initially and ensure that they fit you well. There are models with guarantees of satisfaction or money back, for example: WUKA. After the initial test, look for packs that give you greater savings.
  5. With all washable period products: panties, cloth panty liners and pads, think about doing a mid-cycle wash so you will need fewer units.
  6. Finally but very importantly, always follow the washing recommendations. They are not complicated! and this way you will get the most use of these great products.


    [1] The women taking the plastic out of periods. (2019) Anna Turns. The Guardian.