Stop Taxing Periods & Include Period Products in Government Assistance Programs

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Over the course of their lifetime, a person who menstruates will spend over $2,200 on menstrual products alone. If you add in other period-related costs like Midol (a medication that reduces menstrual cramps), birth control, and new underwear due to stains, the cost of a person's period over their lifetime rises to $18,171.

For people who are living paycheck to paycheck or don't have a job, access to menstrual products can be a challenge. In the United States, 1 in 5 teenagers have struggled to afford period products, and 1 in 4 have missed class because they did not have access to period products. Additionally, a 2019 survey of low-income women revealed that nearly two-thirds couldn't afford menstrual products. For people with children, it can be even harder to access these products -- they may be forced to choose between food or a pack of pads. But both food and period products are essential. It is simply not an option for people to skip the use of tampons, pads, and other menstrual products.

Despite these products being so essential, they are not covered by government assistance programs, such as SNAP and WIC. Furthermore, period products are currently being taxed in 30 states, making it even harder for people to access them. (Also, it's worth noting that tampons are taxed but Viagra, a treatment for erectile dysfunction, is not.)

Sign this petition to demand that the U.S. government include menstrual products in government grocery-assistance programs (such as WIC and SNAP) and stop the sales tax on period products nationwide. 


Below is more information on period poverty and the tax on tampons: