Tampon and Pad Dispensers: Where Are They Now?
Where have all of the tampons gone?
Have tampons and pads in restaurant restrooms and other accessible areas gone the way of the pay phone? While we’ve found replacements for the throwback telephones (which, depending on your age, you may have never seen. . .), periods are still happening, and we definitely still get caught unprepared once-in-awhile. We’re noticing that many restaurants are often no longer offering machines for these necessities, and we’re wondering if you’ve experienced the same, and more importantly, where have they gone?
Where can you find these elusive pads and tampons in the wild?
Bathrooms in fancy hotel lobbies and higher end restaurants seem to be hot spots for all sorts of goodies, including pads and tampons. A bit of some nice lotion and a real towel for drying your hands just adds to a lovely experience of taking care of monthly business. Weddings and other events also tend to be well-stocked; who doesn’t love the bathroom basket, even if you’re technically not a guest at the event? We’ve also spotted tampons and pads in hospital restrooms and in doctor’s offices, and we think they are there to stay. It seems like small businesses are often the first place we notice an absence of product, which makes a little more sense since many are so budget conscious.
As we wander in search of tampons and pads in public, it’s worth noting that businesses are not required to stock tampons and pads, whether they serve the public or just for their employees. We all know that some do as a courtesy, but we could certainly be doing better. Whether it’s the fact that periods are still considered taboo and “icky” by many men AND women or that having products on hand costs money that businesses just don’t want to spend, the need for feminine products to be readily available to all women has become a hot topic in recent years, and the drive is to bring back the tampon! Women across the US are noticing, speaking out, and even coming up with innovative solutions (as women have done throughout all time, we’d like to add) like the once-available Code Red app that paired women in need of products with a source. Unfortunately the app seems to have gone the way of the public pads and tampons, because we can no longer find it.
Many are calling on legislators to make moves toward making tampons and pads not only more available in public places, including schools and colleges, but also for free, just like public restrooms offer toilet paper and hand soap, both public health and basic comfort necessities. Can you imagine having to carry your own toilet paper around or asking men to do so? The “Free the Tampons” campaign, recently discussed in a New York Times blog post appeals to men and women to realize that (duh) periods are a naturally occurring process that women don’t have control over and that those who are squeamish about the topic should “get used to it”.
The discussion is ongoing and likely not one that will be resolved anytime soon. In the meantime, do your best to be prepared and to help a sister out if she’s in trouble. It can never hurt to have extras on hand for the below-the-stall-pass to a woman in need. We ladies have to stick together. As if the struggle isn’t bad enough, the lack of tampons and pads is even worse for the millions of women suffering from heavy periods. For those women, it seems as though you can never have enough tampons and pads on hand. Is this true for you? If you’re experiencing accidents as a result of heavy periods, be sure to talk to your doctor and to check out the resources on our site. This might be an issue you can find a solution for, such as NovaSure endometrial ablation or the MyoSure procedure.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On May 20, 2016