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.
What they’re saying: A Procter & Gamble spokesperson, which owns the Tampax and Always brands, blamed higher demand on an ad campaign the company unveiled in July 2020 with the comedian Amy Schumer, Time reported.
- Since then, “retail sales growth has exploded,” the spokesperson said.
- “We understand it is frustrating for consumers when they can’t find what they need,” the spokesperson said, per CNN. “We can assure you this is a temporary situation.”