Tampons…love ’em? Not so much. Most people hate them. They’ve expensive, cause irritation and are also not that great for our bodies.
How Many Tampons Over a Lifetime?
Okay, so you’ve come here to find out the answer to this all-important questions, “How many tampons does the average person use in a lifetime?”
If you guessed, a lot, you wouldn’t be wrong! It certainly is a lot of tampons and numbers in the thousands. Let’s break it down.
The average person uses 10,400 tampons over a lifetime. Here are the numbers.
- Most people menstruate for around 40 years (from the age of 10-50 or so).
- The average cycle length is 28 days, which means that you’ll have 13 periods in a year.
- 13 cycles per year times 40 years means that you’ll have 520 periods over a lifetime.
- The average person uses 20 tampons during a cycle (4 days @ 5 tampons/day).
- The grand total that the average person uses during her life is 10,4000.
How Much Do all these Tampons Cost?
We’re ALL about frugal living here at Reusable Menstrual Cups. Who doesn’t like to save a bit of money if they can? Nobody.
Let’s find out how much these 10,400 tampons cost.
Over on Amazon, we found an average box of 34 tampons for $7 USD. This is pretty standard for non-organic, garden-variety tampons. That comes out to $0.21 per tampon.
If you multiply this by 10,400, it comes out to almost $2200. More than $2000 on tampons? Seems kind of expensive, right? It is.
Is there a Better Alternative to Tampons?
We are not a big fan of tampons for a number of reasons:
- They’re expensive!
- Tampons aren’t great for the environment, especially the ones with the plastic applicators.
- They come with the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
- Some brands contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals in them.
Consider using a menstrual cup. They’re an affordable, eco-friendly, healthier and safer alternative to tampons. For some help in choosing the best one for your body type, you’ll want to check out this menstrual cup quiz.
Have your Say
Leave a comment below and let us know what the average number of tampons you use per month is.
Or, have you made the switch to a menstrual cup? Why or why not?