What you need to know about the tampon shortage

A menstrual cup, tampons and a pad. (iStock)
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A tampon shortage has left people who menstruate looking at empty shelves and searching for alternative period products.

Consumers across the United States have noticed a pronounced lack of tampons, alongside a hike in their price.

Supply chain problems have contributed to low stocks of baby formula and other personal hygiene products during the pandemic — particularly in recent months — but the tampon shortage has sneaked up on Americans, exacerbating disparities and pushing some toward alternatives.