It seems that COVID-19 panic-buying has led to a nation-wide shortage of basic sanitary products.
The Coronavirus outbreak has led to rapid shifts in our day-to-day lives.
We now practise social distancing and work from home, toilet paper is a hot commodity and we've grown used to restrictions on buying bread and milk.
But what about toiletries?
Women across Australia - and the larger pandemic affected world - have taken to social media to share their struggles to find tampons, pads and even menstrual cups, after shelves have been cleared by Coronavirus stockpiling.
A Facebook post by Sydney woman, Lisa Doust, was captioned: "Women of the world, what's the deal with stockpiling feminine-hygiene products?"
"It is all WRONG! The hoarding is just too much," one person commented on the picture of the emptied aisle. Another joked: "Thank goodness for menopause. Don’t say that often."
It is not an issue isolated to Australia. In the US, similar sentiments are being expressed on social media as women - including those with medical conditions, such as endometriosis - are going to the store, only to find that there are no tampons or pads available.
Please don't stock pile things like pads and tampons! Unless you have medical reasons for needing more supplies please don't stock pile !!— Hayley ?? (@HappyNowKTM) March 16, 2020
I have endomtriosis and in having a flare
I cannot get my hands on any pads at all and IM currently left to struggle without them #Corona
Another young American woman, Jordan, Tweeted the desperate plea: "Y’all are buying all the pads and tampons I couldn’t find any today wtf am I supposed to do?"
Women are facing the same difficulties in the UK. One woman, Jamilla, was outraged after seeing the empty shelves.
She highlighted the high price of sanitary products, and the fact that not all women will be in the financial position to buy them in bulk: "Seriously though, what are you supposed to do if you can’t afford to stockpile pads/tampons and there are none left when you need them?"
seriously though, what are you supposed to do if you can’t afford to stockpile pads/tampons and there are none left when you need them? https://t.co/Y189CuNNFd— Jamilla ????? (@JamillaTweets) March 8, 2020
Gabby Edlin from the UK menstrual-product accessibility charity, Bloody Good Period, told Stylist: "It just goes to show how essential [feminine hygiene products] are and how the thought of going without is frightening and so very real for so many people, especially those in poverty."
I went to the supermarket today and literally every single sanitary product had gone. Luckily my period was last week, if it was this week I dunno what I'd do...just bleed everywhere I guess because selfish women are stockpiling tampons and pads? It's ridiculous!— Catherine Lux* (@luxlifeblog) March 7, 2020
It is important to feel comfortable and have a sense of stability during such rapidly changing times, but it is also key to keep others in mind. Although you may worry about what you need in the distant future, by hoarding an excess of such an essential item, you can deny women in less fortunate situations sanitary products now.
Be considerate. Us women are in this pandemic together.
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