But It’s So Expensive!
But It’s So Expensive!
Is period underwear worth it? Why is period underwear so expensive? Do period underwear really work? Are period underwear safe?
We’ll delve into these questions and much more in the following article:
Although period underwear has a higher upfront cost than pads or tampons, it has a much longer lifespan. Disposables need to be purchased constantly as they are used for one time only. Period underwear can be reused for years.
The average menstruator spends $6,300 USD per year on menstrual products. Period underwear has a one-time upfront cost. If you calculate how much you spend on a monthly basis and compare it to the one time cost of period panties, the underwear will come out ahead.
Period underwear is on average more costly than regular underwear because of its special fabrics. They use 2-3x the amount of material used in normal underwear because they have an absorbent gusset. Depending on the style, Heralogie period undies may have 4-5 layers of fabric sewn in to the gusset. This keeps your clothes and sheets dry. We at Heralogie try our best to use as many sustainable materials as possible and understand that using quality materials near sensitive bits is no joke. That’s why we went the extra mile to ensure high quality fabrics such as organic cotton and Tencel (Lenzing Modal). Our fabrics are anti-odor, anti-bacterial, and quick dry. Yes, they do indeed actually work ;)
As of April 2020 in the United States, period products qualify for HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) reimbursement. This means you can use funds in your HSA or FSA to pay for these products pre-tax. Heralogie’s system does not accept HSA or FSA cards now, but you can submit receipts to your provider for reimbursement as period underwear is now a medical expense according to the IRS. Many employers deposit money into these accounts for their employees, have a matching system, or have methods for you to contribute part of your salary to these accounts. Check with your employer to see if you have one or are eligible for a HSA or FSA.
Many customers choose to purchase one item initially to try out on their periods. A common misconception is the need to go all in immediately when switching to a new, sustainable lifestyle. We understand that this may not be feasible for everyone. If you find that you like using period underwear, then you can slowly accumulate a collection as your budget allows. Using period underwear even one night, each night of your cycle can have significant environmental impact. When you think about compounding the number of disposable plastic products are thrown into the landfill each month every month by most menstruating people, it really does add up.