Tampon shortage adds to long list of consumer issues amid record inflation

If you’re having trouble finding a tampon these days, you’re probably not alone.

Reports of shortages of feminine hygiene products have been circulating online recently. As some have noted, tampons in particular seem to be harder to find than most products that were in short supply during the early months of the pandemic.

A Montana radio host pointed out the low stock of tampons in a blog post in March, according to Time, wondering why the shelves in the women’s products department had been nearly empty “for a few months now.”

It’s the latest in a series of unprecedented shortages, including infant formula, that have rocked shoppers across the United States.

In a statement to NBC News, consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble, maker of Tampax tampons and Always pads, acknowledged that some consumers may currently be unable to “find what they need.” He described the situation as “temporary”.

“The Tampax team produces tampons 24/7 to meet the growing demand for our products,” the company said. “We are working with our retail partners to maximize availability, which has increased significantly over the past few months.”

Scarcity chatter is occurring against a backdrop of rising commodity prices. The average price of tampons has climbed nearly 10% over the past year, while prices for sanitary napkins have risen 8.3%, according to data cited by Bloomberg.

The culprit, according to experts, is the rise in the price of raw materials such as cotton. As a result, Procter & Gamble announced further price increases in addition to increases from about a year ago, Bloomberg reported.

“In terms of the speed of increase, this is the strongest I’ve ever seen,” commodity consultant Pricie Hanna told Bloomberg of rising commodity costs.

“At this point, people are scratching their heads and saying, ‘This is something new,'” Hanna said.

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