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There’s Now A Tampon Shortage…


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The United States currently has a chip shortage, baby formula shortage, and now even a tampon shortage.

Axios has just reported that retailers such as Walgreen and CVS are noticing a shortage of tampon products on their shelves.

Proctor & Gamble, who is a large-scale producer of tampons, has also acknowledged that there is a tampon shortage.

The reason behind the shortage is due to a supply chain issue regarding the materials needed to make the products.

Since the start of Biden’s presidency, tampon prices have gone up a whopping 10%.

Here’s what Axios had to report:

People in search of tampons and other period products are finding sparsely stocked store shelves and higher prices, CNN reports.

Popular retailers CVS and Walgreens, as well as major manufacturer Proctor & Gamble, acknowledged a shortage for tampon and other period products and said they are working to meet consumer demand as soon as possible, per CNN.

The big picture: Supply chain issues and historically high inflation have affected all manner of goods. Tampon prices are up roughly 10% from a year ago, Bloomberg reports, while the cost of menstrual pads has risen more than 8% during the same period.

Contributing to the rising prices is an uptick in the cost to make the products. Materials manufacturers need – cotton and plastic – have been in high demand for use in personal protective equipment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBS released these details on the shortage:

Supply-chain snarls are hitting the feminine care aisle, with women venting on social media about how hard it is to find tampons in stores right now.

On Twitter, #tamponshortage is trending, with some users calling it the latest “nightmare” for women after the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged widespread shortages of baby formula. Individuals and not-for-profit groups that collect donated feminine care products are also complaining of empty shelves where the monthly essentials are usually stocked.

“I thought I was going crazy noticing empty shelves where tampons should be,” one Twitter user said.



 

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