Women facing a shortage of feminine hygiene products

Many American women were left scrambling this year after an acute shortage of baby formula made it difficult to feed their children.

However, the Washington Examiner has just reported that they now have another crisis to deal with. 

Cassidy Morrison is the paper’s healthcare reporter, and she explained in a piece published this past weekend that many retail outlets are having trouble keeping tampons in stock.

High cotton prices and supply chain issues to blame

According to Morrison, the problem has its roots in ongoing supply chain disruptions along with a sharp increase in the price of cotton and rayon, both of which are essential tampon components.

She noted how the cost of cotton skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. A graph published by the website MacroTrends shows cotton prices shooting up from just $0.51 per pound in March of 2020 to $1.46 as of this week.

Tampax is the country’s leading manufacturer of tampons, with a spokesperson telling the Examiner that it is aware of the problem.

“We understand it is frustrating for consumers when they can’t find what they need,” Morrison quoted the spokesperson as saying.

“We can assure you this is a temporary situation, and the Tampax team is producing tampons 24/7 to meet the increased demand for our products,” the company representative went on to add.

Walgreens is grappling with “brand-specific shortages”

Meanwhile, a Walgreens spokesperson was quoted as saying that the company “works diligently with our suppliers to ensure we have tampon supply available.

“However, similar to other retailers, we are experiencing some temporary brand-specific shortages in certain geographies. While we will continue to have products at shelf and online, it may only be in specific brands while we navigate the supply disruption.”

Still, those assurances may not be enough for worried customers, some of whom have taken to social media to express their frustration.

One woman tweeted in April that “supply chain issues are going from bad to worse.” She added, “I cannot find the feminine hygiene products I like anywhere. I can find them online though for $10 for a box of pads and $17 for a box of tampons?! This isn’t some fancy brand. This f–king sucks.”

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