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Aunt Flo is Bleeding Me Dry
and Other Costs of Owning a Uterus
Own a uterus? Sounds expensive.

Unfortunately, those of us who have one don't really have a choice when it comes to paying for it.

Periods, gyno appointments, birth control... it all adds up over time.

Half the population pays a ridiculous amount for unavoidable healthcare costs, without nearly enough public monetary support.
Don't think it's that big of a deal?

Scroll down to see how much money people with female anatomies actually lose.
Length of Period
Age of first Menstruation
years old
Period Management?
Average # of Tampons used per Day
The price estimates for tampons include the cost of one pantyliner per tampon used.
Average # of Pads used per Day
pads per day
Average # of Reusable Pads worn per Day
pads per day

Total Period Price

3192 dollars

Age became Sexually Active
years old
Out-of-pocket Cost of 1 Gynecologist Visit
Primary form of Birth Control
Average amount of Condoms paid for per Week
condoms used per week
There is only data for male condoms, currently.
Average amount of Plan B pills paid for per Month
Plan B pills used per month
Extra Sexual Protection Use
Average amount of Condoms paid for per Week
condoms paid for per week
There is only data for male condoms, currently.
Average amount of Plan B pills paid for per Month
Plan B pills used per month

Total Price of Fertility

3192 dollars

Seems like a lot of money, right?

No need to have a breakdown – We already did:

Budget Breakdown

Total Cost
The numbers above might seem outlandish.
Take a moment and look through the details below to see where they come from.

These numbers aren't going to be a perfect fit for everyone.
They serve as a rough estimate of the costs of feminine hygiene products over a lifetime.

The majority of the products priced for this estimation all come from Amazon.com's online marketplace. The low-end and high-end numbers are found by sorting Amazon.com's returned results by price. The middle number is chosen by sorting the returned results by Average Customer Reviews.
The specific product that each estimate is based off of can be found by mousing over the responsive, pink numbers on the right hand of each graph.

Because of the wide breadth of options available, this visualization is forced to narrow its scope. If your preferred method of period, fertility, or sexual health managment is not available at this time, apologies. If you would like to see it appear on V2, please send an email to racquel.fygenson@gmail.com, specifying the method in questions.

This estimation assumes that:
  • the average lifespan of 81 years.
  • the average age of menopause at 51.
  • a person visit their gynocologist once a year from the time they become sexually active for the rest of their life.
  • a person uses birth control methods from the age they become sexually active until menopause.
  • a person uses the same period management method from the age they begin their period until menopause.
Please keep in mind that some of these assumptions may not be accurate for an individual's situation.
For instance, a person might begin taking hormonal birth control before they become sexually active, as a means of managing their period. If this is the case, you, the user, can alter the inputs to more accurately reflect your personal situation. Also, costs change sporadically, depending on marketplace, political climate, and location. The majority of these costs were sourced online, in order to negate the location factor. Those that aren't sold online (like IUDs, which require a procedure) were priced for Los Angeles, CA as of December 11, 2017, using Amino.com

This estimation also fails to take into account pregnancies, abortions, STD testing, or other costly medical procedures that do not occur cyclically.

This project was compiled over the course of a couple of months. It is limited in its scope, but I am planning on developing it out further.

If you have any recommendations, comments, or questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email: racquel.fygenson@gmail.com