Global supply chain shortages are now impacting feminine care products. If you have been struggling to find your favorite tampon brand in a store near you, you are not alone.
Tampax was among the brands missing on store shelves in Connecticut. Its maker, Procter & Gamble (P&G) recently confirmed to NBC News that some consumers may currently be unable to find what they need. According to a spokesperson, the company is working with retailers and producing tampons around the clock.
“It is a shortage of supplies – everything from the plastic, the cotton – all of the materials used to make the product,” said Angelica Gianchandani, a practitioner in residence at University of New Haven’s Pompea College of Business.
“When the crops don’t have the right weather patterns, they are unable to harvest the cotton and unable to use that material in tampons. That is an increased, deeper issue that is affecting the tampon shortage,” said Gianchandani. “When women do not have access to this, it impacts everything from their opportunity to go to school, go to work and just interact in society.”
Lack of access to period products is not new. A 2021 U by Kotex study showed two in five people had struggled to purchase period products and more than one-third of low-income women reported missing work or school because they couldn’t get the supplies.
The Diaper Bank of Connecticut has a period products distribution program. Last year, they provided more than 146,000 supplies to partners across the state. So far, the nonprofit has not felt the impact of the tampon shortage.
As a major tampon maker reports that they are ramping up production, people in Connecticut hope this shortage sheds light on the need to make period products more accessible.
source: NBC Connecticut