'Where are all the tampons?' Women struggle to find menstrual products in shops during Coronavirus panic-buying

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.

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?"

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