Some of you may have noticed all the hullabaloo about the shortage of o.b. tampons in drugstores across North America. It seems that in addition to discontinuing their highest absorbency tampon, the applicator-less brand is undergoing a mysterious “manufacturing update”, meaning that the entire line of o.b. tampons is out of stock until an undetermined date in 2011. I guess o.b. forgot that people who have periods tend to have them once a month!
Before I became a devout DivaCup and cloth pad user, o.b. was my tampon of choice and I know I would have been seriously bummed if I couldn’t get a hold of any. Ladies are so desperate that o.b.s are being sold on Ebay for upwards of $100 a box! Sheesh, and people complain that reusables are too expensive?!?
There has been a distinct lack of explanation from Johnson & Johnson, the makers of o.b. tampons. As usual, whenever a company fails to tell their story themselves, folks are left to do their own research to figure out what’s going on. A number of wild theories are being thrown around about the reason for the tampon shortage, including possible manufacturing contamination or FDA complaints regarding the safety of the products.
Whatever the cause of the shortage, o.b. users are understandably, quite upset. A slew of comments on WritetheCompany.com reveal just how upset some of them are. A campaign has even been started to ‘girlcott’ all Johnson and Johnson products until the o.b. ultra tampon is brought back.
We’ve decided to take the campaign one step further and encourage women who menstruate to boycott o.b. tampons FOREVER by making the switch to The DivaCup. A number of women upset by the o.b. shortage already have and with excellent results. You can read their stories here and here.
As if there weren’t already an absolute tonne of reasons to avoid tampons of any stripe, the fact that you might not even be able to buy the ones you need, make the idea of a product like the DivaCup seem all the sweeter. With a reusable option you can’t run out! You are in complete control of the management of your flow, instead of being at the whim of some faceless corporation and their wacky manufacturing decisions.
Now most of our readers already know this and are probably DivaCup and Lunapad users already. But remember kids, friends don’t let friends use tampons! So go forth, spread the word to your friends. Tweet about it, post it on your Facebook wall, your friends and their vaginas will thank you for it.
To add a little more sugar to your bowl, we’re offering $5 off the DivaCup and all other products on Lunapads.com with Promo Code OBWTF plus if you order from now until midnight, Wednesday December 29th your order will ship for free within North America.