Periods don't just give us cramps, they also cost us an absolute fortune.
New research has revealed that British women spend as much as £18,450 on their periods over the course of their lifetime.
A large percentage of the money goes of essential sanitary items and pain relief for cramps, while many of us also buy extra chocolate and new underwear because of our periods.
A total of 2,134 women aged 18-45 who currently have regular periods were polled as part of the research.
Initially, respondents were asked the duration of their average period, with over 77% stating their period usually lasts five days or more.
The women were then asked what sanitary products they tend to use while on their period.
A total of 24% use only tampons, 31% use only sanitary towels, 39% use both tampons and sanitary towels, and 6% use a menstrual cup.
Individuals were then asked if they ever needed to purchase pain relief medication to help ease any uncomfortable cramps during their period, with a staggering 91% stating they did so on a regular basis.
Next, respondents were asked to think of the average amount of money they spend each month on different areas relating to their period, with the totals emerging as follows:
· Pads/tampons/panty-liners/menstrual cups - £13
· New underwear (due to spillages) -£8
· Pain relief - £4.50
· Chocolate/sweets/crisps - £8.50
· Other (magazines/toiletries/DVDs etc.) – £7
Taking these monthly estimates into account, researchers were able to work out that the average period costs £492 annually.
With the average woman menstruating 450 times, the total cost of a period during a female’s lifetime was worked out at a whopping £18,450.
Every one of the 2,134 women who took part in the survey, conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, stated that they thought feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary towels should cost less money than they do at present.
Many added that the tax currently put on such products should be removed by the government.
One person tirelessly campaigning to end the tax on tampons is student Laura Coryton. In 2014, she started an online petition calling on the government to change legislation.
Her Change.org page has now gained 244,509 supporters, but as the EU enforces taxing consistency across the Union, no country can eradicate items from tax entirely without all members agreeing unanimously.
Coryton described the latest survey as "striking".
"It reflects the period shame and routine misogyny that has been engineered into our menstrual psyche," she told HuffPost UK Lifestyle.
"The Government may feel that we will hand over £18K quietly, of which over £922 goes directly to our taxman, but our voices are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.
"Defeating sanitary tax will be a milestone in tackling the marginalisation of issues associated with women, and will prove to Westminster that we can't be shamed into silence anymore."
What it sounds like: A really bad horror film about a group of teens who drive their car out into the woods and get haunted by a ghost. But what you're actually referencing: There are cramps, and yes, blood to deal with, but getting your period isn't a curse of any sort — it's part of being a woman of a certain age. Periods involve our ovaries releasing eggs, while hormonal changes prepare our uteruses for pregnancy. See ... not so scary.
What it sounds like: A really cool and urban aunt who likes to listen to hip hop and buy vinyl records But what you're actually referencing: Aunt Flo only visits once a month (a 28-day cycle to be exact). She is kind of uncomfortable, annoying and her conversations never stops flowing...
What it sounds like: Your really really really old aunt who has a kind soul. But what you're actually referencing: Similar to her sister Aunt Flo, Aunt Rose seems to be the nicer of the two: Because we all know things like rose petals and rose bushes resemble menstruation.
What it sounds like: Like you have a giant wound and you can't stop bleeding. Ever. But what you're actually referencing: You're being pretty literal here, but yes, a period means you're bleeding from your vagina.
What it sounds like: A really trendy urban cafe. But what you're actually referencing: The dot/dots that appear on your liner, pad and sometimes on your bed sheets and underwear. Also, dot = period.
What it sounds like: Not just any friend, but a really annoying friend you don't like. But what you're actually referencing: Sometimes we try to make the best of what life throws at us by staying positive and remembering our periods can be our friends.
What it sounds like: When the plumbing went wrong ... for a week. But what you're actually referencing: Again, the leak refers the constant flow of blood coming out of your body. We also assume people are referring to leaks they get on their pants or bedsheets. The worst.
What it sounds like: Time of the month sounds like a hush-hush thing that happens to your body that only you and members of a secret club understand. But what you're actually referencing: TOTM refers to time of the month when your period is taking place — just so we're all on the same page.
What it sounds like: A newsletter or a magazine that comes out once a month But what you're actually referencing: To add emphasis that everything is cool with your flow and your period only happens once a month.
What it sounds like: Teenage slang But what you're actually referencing: PMS actually stands for premenstrual syndrome, and isn't a synonym for your period at all.
What it sounds like: A dirty old cloth you use to wash your dishes and floor But what you're actually referencing: The rag is closely related to the pad or tampon we wear during periods... and how uncomfortable it is. It's also an unfortunate visual.
What it sounds like: This river in China! But what you're actually referencing: We're not sure with the obsession of words like "river," "water" or "flow" when it comes to describing your period. Our best guess? The assumption that when a woman is on her period, she is forever bleeding.
What it sounds like: It sounds like what it is, the bleeding elevator from the 'The Shining.' But what you're actually referencing: Periods are scary and women bleed and if you see/talk about this blood, something terrible will happen. Get a grip, people — the only thing frightening about periods is using phrases like "the shining" to describe it.