Feminine Hygiene Products: FSA Eligibility

Feminine Hygiene Products: reimbursement is not eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Feminine hygiene products are not required for treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a medical condition and are therefore not eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What are feminine hygiene products?

Feminine hygiene products are also called menstrual products. Feminine hygiene products are designed for use by women while caring for their menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge, and other vulva-related bodily functions. Feminine hygiene products include items such as sanitary napkins (pads), tampons, menstrual cups ("diva cup"), panty liners (pantiliner or panty shield), period panties and feminine wipes. These products are designed to absorb or manage the menstrual flow, and/or the flow of bodily fluids from the vulva, in support of personal hygiene and comfort (Center for Young Women's Health).

Feminine hygiene products are not considered to be useful in preventing, treating, or diagnosing a medical condition and therefore are not considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-direction healthcare account (Internal Revenue Service). Feminine hygiene products are purchasable Over-the-Counter (OTC) and are often available in public restrooms. Feminine hygiene products are available in many different forms and functions to accommodate the user's personal preferences, physical needs, special considerations due to lifestyle, physical activities, clothing, etc.

Feminine hygiene products are usually designed and labelled accordingly by their ability to accommodate a user's specific needs for absorption based on the expected amount of menstrual flow. Menstrual flow consists of the uterine lining which has been shed through the cervix and passes out of the body through the vulva. Menstrual flow can be absorbed and managed by feminine hygiene products for the comfort of the user. The blood present in menstrual flow can be absorbed and managed by feminine hygiene products in order to prevent staining of clothing and undergarments.

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