This is how much your period will cost you in your lifetime.

Image: SNL.

We all have a bit of a love/hate relationship with periods. Yes, they’re necessary but if we’re being honest, most of the time they’re a (literal) pain in the stomach.

But have you ever stopped to think just how painful the are for your poor wallet?

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Huffington Post US recently did the maths to see just how much your period will set you back over your lifetime. Taking into account pads, tampons, pain relief, birth control, new underwear and of course chocolate, the resulting figure was just shy of $23,000 (AUD).

To take into account price differences, we did some digging into the possible amount it’d cost you in Australia – and we’re guessing it’d be around the$19,000 mark.

They worked on the basis that a woman has her period from three to seven days, and the average woman menstruates from about 13 years-old to age 51. (Post continues after gallery.)

This means that the average woman endures around 456 periods over 38 years, which is roughly 2,280 days or 6.25 years of her life.

Unbelievable, right?

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Now, I have no problem with buying expensive things but I do believe you should at least have a choice in where you want to spend your money.

A fantastic leather coat or designer bag? Sure. Packets of what are basically rocket-shaped cotton sticks? Not quite the same desirability.

Because sanitary items are still classified as "luxury items" - which anyone who has ever had a period knows is so, so far from the truth - they are taxable.

The GST on sanitary products means that a woman will spend up to an additional $1000 on female hygiene in her lifetime.

Condoms and lubricant are exempt from the tax - go figure.


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Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous calls for change in this area, with petitions and campaigns designed to show just how unfair and what "a bloody outrage" the classification is.

Not only do women get paid less than men (around 81.2 cents for every dollar) but a consumer report has found that personal hygiene products can actually be 50 per cent more expensive for women. (Post continues after video.)

Because that makes sense...

Studies into the so-called 'pink tax' have shown that it affects everyday products from razors, shampoos and deodorants.

Often the only difference between the products marketed to woman and men is the packaging and the smell.

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In reality, any chance of change is in the power of the purchaser - you, the consumer.

Given the situation, I think it's high time women were given government-subsidised ice-cream and Netflix accounts for the time of the month. Cookies and cream for me, please.

Do you think the cost of sanitary products is too high?