We Found the Most Expensive States to Have a Period, and Some of the Top Ones May Surprise You

Every time you have to make that emergency run to the drugstore for tampons or pads, it’ll cost you likely anywhere from $7 to $10. But did you ever think about how much your period costs over a lifetime? And also, did you know that the U.S. state you live in can make a difference in the cost of menstrual products?

Thankfully, virtual health platform PlushCare did all the math so you don’t have to—they just released a report about how much is costs to have your period in various different locations on a monthly and a lifetime basis, and some of the results may surprise you.

They started by checking out local costs of basic period products, including tampons, pads, and ibuprofen, per month and compared those costs to the average income of a person from that state. From there, they calculated which states may cost you the most for your period over your menstrual lifetime (which is on average, about 40 years of your life, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health).

Keep on reading to find out where your state falls on the list of most to least expensive places to menstruate.

How much of your monthly income you spend on your period

This may come as less of a surprise if you live there, but a monthly supply of period products costs on average $15.56 in New York, which is the most expensive out of any state.

Overall, in terms of percent of monthly income, Oregon is actually the most expensive state, because it takes about 0.39 percent of the average monthly income for that state to afford period products (and remember, this might be even more of an expense for people who make much less than the average in that area). New York is a close second, at 0.38 percent of the monthly income going toward menstrual products, followed by Georgia, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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