As an update from my last post, I have discovered what the Luna Sponge used to cost through my work with the Fantastic Feminist scrapbooks. Luna Sponges used to cost between $1.75 and $1.95 when they were sold retail and Planned Parenthood would sell them for $1.50 during the time span of 1979-1981. I did a Google search of what that price would be today with the current inflation in prices and it came out to be a little under $4.50 for our current market. If we take into consideration that most women spends between $10-$20 on menstrual products (not counting medication) a month, a reusable product like the Luna Sponge would save them a considerable amount of money a month. Especially when there is an unbelievably large amount of pink tax tacked onto menstrual products that makes these products ridiculously expensive. In addition to the sponges being less harmful to your body, they are cheaper in the long run.
I also think it is incredibly interesting that Planned Parenthood lowered their prices for their customers because it would make the sponges a more affordable option. Especially when Planned Parenthood is marketed as affordable healthcare, it is important for them to give these healthier options to people who may not be able to afford them at a retail store. As a feminist, I do believe that Planned Parenthood is the best resource we can have for women and men who need someone to turn to for affordable sexual healthcare. There is a lot of talk about defunding the organization simply because they can perform abortions and that fact scares me because Planned Parenthood does so much more for sexual health that it would almost be a crime to defund them. I like seeing them fight for the little guy and contributing to the fight as activists at the same time.