Now There Is a Tampon Shortage

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

Driving the news: 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.
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine constrained the supply of fertilizer that’s needed to grow cotton, CNN reports.

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Source: Axios