A Man Attempted To Calculate How Many Tampons A Woman Needs Per Year

It’s not unusual for a woman to be subjected to men mansplaining all types of subjects, from politics to career to technology. It’s 2019, though, and a man has attempted to explain to the women of the world how many tampons they need each year – and no, just no. 

For context, mansplaining is when something is explained by a man, usually to a woman, in a condescending or patronising tone. One man has done just that and taken to social media to explain to women (YES WOMEN) how many tampons they need each year. Like he’d know *eye roll*. 

A Facebook post which was later shared on Twitter, has the man explain: “So, the average period is between 10-35ml of blood, each tampon holds about 5ml, so 7 tampons per cycle. Lets be generous and say 10 for those ladies with an extra juicy uterine lining. 9 periods per year = 90 tampons max.

“You can get a 64 pack on amazon for £7.90 plus shipping. Buy two packs, save on shipping and have 128 tampon for the year, thats about £20 here or their a years periods.

“Cut down on the Starbucks venti frappes and stop whining. This isn’t a first world problem.”


Let’s talk about some of the inaccuracies in this. 

According to the NHS, an average period is around 40ml and a ‘normal’ cycle ranges from 21 days to 40 days. Your period can last between 3 to 8 days, but it’s usually about 5, so you’ll probably need more than the seven tampons advised. Also, there are 12 months in a year, not 9 as said man above seems to think. 

Understandably, with International Women’s Day just a few days ago, women WERE NOT HAVING IT. 

We think we’re done with the Internet for today. 

This article originally appeared on Marie Claire. 

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