Why Should I Pay For My Period?

For those of you who don’t know, in the U.K. you essentially have to pay if you have periods. This is because the tampon tax is a thing, wherein you’re taxed VAT on “non-essential, luxury items”. And because bleeding out of your private parts and everything that goes with it is such a luxury, tampons and sanitary towels and any other period-wear is taxed under this law.

Unfair, I know, and there has been loads of backlash about it, especially recently, including rallies, online petitions, debates in parliament and the suchlike, which can all be found under a simple Google search if you care to read further.

However, as my views on the tampon tax can be summed up in one sentence (that sentence being: “It’s fucking ridiculous”), I’m not here to talk about that. I just wanted to let the crimson-scourge sufferers amongst us know about something quite remarkable, if you don’t know about it already.

I recently decided that I might as well sign up for a Superdrug Health & Beauty loyalty card, and have been reaping the benefits ever since, one of them being regular email blasts letting members know about deals and discounts. Imagine my joy when I open such an email and see this:


How great is that?! So great. What a bloody (lol) big step in the right direction. Read more about it here on Superdrug’s own website if you don’t believe me! Nice work, Superdrug. I know where I’m gonna go for my tampons from now on!

So a little word of advice to depart on: if you haven’t already, go and get yourself a Superdrug loyalty card. You can do it instore, or do what I did and sign up online for a virtual one, which you can then use for online purchases by simply signing into your account (psst… you also get free standard delivery on all orders). There’s even an app that you can download onto your phone to make everything easier, so you’ll never have to worry about losing the card again… Just losing your phone. But then again if you lose your phone, your Superdrug loyalty card will probably be the last of your worries!

What are your thoughts on the tampon tax? Is it ever justified? Let me know in the comments section!


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  1. Wow, this is insane! I had no idea you had to pay tax on that sort of thing in the U.K. I am from Vancouver, Canada and I’ve never heard of this. My eyes are sure open now!

  2. I’m not sure if this is all around the UK, but my students Union shop have abolished tampon tax for students by paying for it themselves. So nice to hear !

    1. That’s so cool! I haven’t heard of any places in the UK doing that, so I love that a uni is making the effort to help their students save their money! I might make a suggestion to my old uni haha xxx

  3. Canada eliminated the taxes on feminine hygiene products in July 2015, and I am very happy about that! It is crazy to think governments believe that it is a luxury…

    1. That’s awesome! And you’re right, it is crazy. I mean, it’s not exactly enjoyable!!

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