When are we gonna go back to our pre-pandemic lives? There are now reports of a tampon shortage following the baby formula shortage.
Recently, multiple videos on social media began circulating of women struggling to find feminine hygiene products. Tampons, in particular, are becoming harder to find for most women.
The maker of both Tampax tampons and Always pads, P&G, acknowledged that some consumers may currently be unable “to find what they need.” However, they say the shortage should only be “temporary.”
“The Tampax team is producing tampons 24/7 to meet the increased demand for our products,” the company said. “We are working with our retail partners to maximize availability, which has significantly increased over the last several months.”
The shortage could be the reason why feminine product prices have increased. The average price of tampons has increased nearly 10 percent in the past year, while prices for menstrual pads rose 8.3 percent.
Experts say the culprit behind the price increase is the rising price of raw materials like cotton. As a result, P&G announced new price hikes on top of increases from about a year ago.