- Birth control
Many women are prescribed specific pills for specific reasons and thus, cut-rate pills are not an option. Birth control pills are made of hormones—sometimes just one hormone and sometimes a combination of two hormones (progesterone and estrogen). The combinations and sequences vary and are selected for each patient to distinctly meet her needs.
That being said, birth control can cost a woman up to $129.99 per pill pack. Because they are taken daily like vitamins and not simply whenever a woman has sex like Viagra, a woman goes through a pill pack every 28 days.
$129.99 a pack at 13 packs per year: $1689.87
- Tampons and maxipads
On average, a woman will, in her lifetime, use more than 11,000 tampons or pads. That’s a lot of disposable cotton. And it’s a necessity. Could you imagine if we just free-flowed? The entire world would look like a murder scene.
$6.79 per box at Drugstore.com, at 9 boxes of tampons per year: $61.11
$7.99 per package of maxi pads at Drugstore.com, at 7 packages a year: $59.43
- PMS relief
A woman’s period does not just involve blood, but also bloating, cramping, headaches, constipation, fatigue and irritability.
$6.99 a bottle at Drugstore.com at 3 bottles per year: $20.97
- Pelvic exam and pap smear
Pelvic exams are vital to a woman’s gynecological health. A healthcare provider examines the entire pelvic area—internally and externally—to determine if there are any infections or other conditions that need to be addressed or treated. An annual pap smear will help to detect cervical cancer.
$175 at Planned Parenthood otherwise $500
Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so condoms play an important role in a woman’s sexual health. And while a man should certainly pitch in with this expense, it’s best to never rely on someone with a boner to be looking out for your best interest.
$17.99 per box of 36 at Drugstore.com, at 2 boxes per year:
"Feminine itching" is very real, and unlike with men—who think nothing of readjusting their balls mid conversation—it’s generally unheard of for women to dig at their crotches. Anti-itch creams are really the only socially acceptable way for women to handle the problem without scratching.
$6.29 per tube at Drugstore.com.
- Urinary tract infection remedies
UTIs are more common in women than men, partially because a woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, and as a result the bacteria has a shorter distance to travel to reach the bladder. Additionally, the urethral opening in a woman is much closer to the rectum than that in a man, meaning that the E. Coli that live in the lower intestine has a better chance at making it into a woman’s urethra. The treatment for UTIs, if done correctly, can be costly, between antibiotics—particularly if one is uninsured—and all-natural cranberry juice, which is about eight times as much as the better tasting, but not very helpful, cranberry juice cocktail.
$40 per prescription of generic antibiotics
$8.81 per 32 oz. bottle of all-natural cranberry juice at Amazon.com
- Yeast infection
Studies show that about 75% of all women have a yeast infection at some point in their lives. While over-the-counter medications are used to treat yeast infections, women should confirm her diagnosis with a doctor before treatment, to rule out any other conditions. That can be upwards for $200 at a regular doctor’s office, without insurance, but Planned Parenthood offers discounted rates for yeast infection screenings.
$16.68 for Monistat at Drugstore.com
$90 for a Planned Parenthood screening
- Pubic hair removal
Recent studies indicate that most women, aged 18 - 39, engage in pubic hair removal—whether partial or total—through various methods (waxing, shaving, laser removal). A 2009 surveyreleased by the American Laser Centers claimed that the average woman shaves 12 times a month, spending about $15.95. Women who are committed to waxing do so every 6 weeks.
$35 per waxing at 9 times per year: $315
$15.95 for shaving products per month at 12 times per year: $191.40
- Toilet paper!!
Bet you did not think of this !!
Because women use toilet paper every time they go to the bathroom—for urination and defecation—they use at least twice the amount of toilet paper than men, if not significantly more.
$11.99 per 9 pack at Drugstore.com, at 12 packs per year:
Owning a vagina is a lot like owning a car: Even though you have a set amount of expenses when it comes to care and maintenance, sometimes we have accidents and need to draw on a rainy day fund.