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Where to Find In-Stock Period Products During the National Tampon Shortage

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Where to Find In-Stock Period Products During the National Tampon Shortage

If the news of the nationwide tampon shortage has you wondering where to buy tampons online, don’t worry. While it might be more challenging to find big-name brands at major retailers, there are many direct-to-consumer period-care companies that still have tampons in stock. And then there are even more brands offering alternatives to tampons like menstrual cups, period underwear, and reusable pads. Here, we’ll take a closer look at why you may need to shop elsewhere for tampons for the time being, and where to buy tampons (and other period products) online right now.

Why is there a tampon shortage?

As SELF reported last week, the U.S. is in the midst of a tampon shortage, with Tampax, manufacturer of the beloved Tampax Pearl tampons, stating that materials needed for tampon production, including cotton and plastic, have become harder to come by.

Even those who still have tampons in stock near them may encounter a secondary issue when they go to check out. Namely, inflation has made the price of tampons increase by 9.8% in the last year, as SELF reported. So, whether due to material shortages or cost increases, it could be challenging to acquire the essential personal care products that you need on a monthly basis.

How do tampon alternatives compare?

If this shortage is making you curious about alternative menstrual products to tampons, you have a bevy of options to consider. Not only are many of them conveniently reusable, but they also offer further benefits that tampons can’t necessarily match. Menstrual cups, for one, are great for overnight use, as you can wear them for up to 12 hours. They come in different sizes to suit different flows (much like light-absorbency, regular-absorbency, and super plus-absorbency tampons) and are easy to clean.

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Period panties and reusable pads are other options for anyone who wants to experiment with menstruation products outside of standard disposable tampons and panty liners. Depending on the brand, you can find period underwear in as many different style options as regular underwear, and care instructions are often as simple as tossing in the wash with the rest of your clothes. Similarly, reusable pads can be machine- or hand-washed and often come in multipacks so you’re covered for a whole menstrual cycle. Also, those with heavier flows who prefer to use an insertable period product may enjoy the security of wearing period panties or a pad as a backup.

Of course, if you don’t have time to clean a cup or access to a washer and dryer to keep enough pads and panties clean, disposable products may still be the best option for you. Luckily, some smaller tampon brands are still offering their products at reasonable prices. With all that in mind, we’ve highlighted some of the best options for finding period products online right now—or whenever you need them.

Menstrual Cups

From the extremely popular DivaCup to the one-size-fits-all Nixit cup, there’s a wide range of menstrual cups that you can try during your next time of the month. We especially love the color options that the Lunette cup comes in, and Hello Period even offers a duo pack of cups, so you never have to worry about having a clean one handy.

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Period Panties

Hip huggers, high-waisted styles, and bikinis are just a handful of the options available to you when shopping for period panties. Seriously, there are leggings from Thinx, swimwear from Knix, and period running shorts if you want an alternative to your sports tampons. Many of the featured brands here offer underwear on a sliding scale of absorbency, so you can trust that you won’t deal with any leakage.

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Knix Super Leakproof High Rise

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Cora Period Bikini Underwear

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Modibodi Sensual Hi-Waist Bikini

Disposable Tampons and Pads

Much like well-known drugstore brands, direct-to-consumer tampon brands offer light- and ultra-absorbency options in addition to regular tampons. Where they differ are their materials. Most of these brands make their tampons with organic cotton and without fragrances, dyes, and, in some cases, chlorine bleach. (For the record, some may find this limited ingredient list nice but it isn’t medically necessary.) They’re also available on a subscription basis, so you can receive your products on a regular schedule.

For all their similarities, your personal preferences can help you choose between brands: Like compact tampons? Blume’s organic cotton tampons will save a little extra space in your bag. Prefer cardboard applicators to plastic tampons? Hypoallergenic brand Lola’s got you covered—and Cora offers applicator-free tampons. Looking for super plus tampons? Check out The Honey Pot, Cora, and Lola. And if you want to build a box containing the exact quantity of tampons, pads, and liners that you like, August makes it easy.

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Lola Compact Plastic Applicator Tampons

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Reusable Pads

Unscented and available in triple packs, reusable pads are a great backup or stand-alone period product, depending on your flow. You can wear them for four to eight hours—just swap in a fresh one when you start to feel wet or uncomfortable.

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Think ECO Organic Reusable Cotton Pads

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Glad Rags Organic Undyed Organic Cotton Pads

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A Relationship Therapist Ranked the Most Problematic Disney Romances

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A Relationship Therapist Ranked the Most Problematic Disney Romances

Disney romances have long been critiqued for being, well, entirely unrealistic. Not only have animated cartoons set some seriously unobtainable romantic standards for us all, but there are some pretty concerning themes presented in classic children’s movies. Falling in love with a literal vendetta-driven Beast aside—ehm, Belle—consent and logic are often missing from the fictional relationships, not to mention a fairly standard period of getting to know each other before going all in.

So what does a relationship therapist have to say about all this?

In a recent YouTube video, relationship therapist Jonathan Decker analyzed a random assortment of Disney romantic relationships to see which are most problematic and which actually have a solid basis. Testing their partnerships in the battle-royal are animated couples Alladin and Jasmine, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Fix-It Felix and Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph, Rapunzel and Eugene from Tangled, Simba and Nala from The Lion King, and Snow White and Prince Florian.

Out of the selected couples, Decker ranks Snow White and Prince Florian (yes, the prince as a name — and it apparently is that) as the most problematic pairing. After all, the two meet only once (without talking!) before betrothing themselves to one another with Snow White becoming so scared during that meeting that she literally runs away.

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So this is love? Well, maybe not.

“Snow White, you are experiencing a chemical rush that is probably a combination of responding to his pheromones and being physically attracted to him, and the adrenaline of absolute terror,” Decker says. “So those things combined can be kind of potent. Doesn’t mean it’s love.”

That’s all not to mention the little (or, rather, absolutely blatantly massive) issue of consent in their relationship — or lack thereof.

Decker says, “[Snow White] eats the poison apple, she gets knocked out, and then he sees her and is like, ‘I should totally kiss that.’”

Now, remember, Prince Florian has absolutely no idea a kiss will save Snow White from the poison. As Decker says, he just stumbles upon her unconscious and thinks “now’s my window.”

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Obviously, the vintage Disney couple is outdated and problematic by any standards — but what about the least problematic couple of the bunch? Decker says Fix-It Felix and Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph actually have a relationship to envy, creating a dynamite team and embracing each other’s personalities.

“They accept influence from each other,” Decker says. “On the surface, [Calhoun] is tough, no-nonsense, leads troops into battle — and Felix seems like this really sweet, kind of derpy, doesn’t-really know what he’s doing guy. But she accepts influence from him, he definitely accepts it from her all throughout, and they complement each other. It’s like salty and sweet.”

Though the two may win all-or-nothing video games with their complemenary personalities and differing approaches, they also make each other grow and flourish in their relationship.

“She softens because of his influence, and he toughens up because of her influence,” Decker says. “And there’s kind of a meeting in the middle.”

Curious to find out where the other couples land? Watch the full video above to see get the entire definitive ranking.

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‘Pam and Tommy’ Originally Wanted Chris Evans to Voice Tommy Lee’s Penis

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‘Pam and Tommy’ Originally Wanted Chris Evans to Voice Tommy Lee’s Penis

If a penis could talk, what would it sound like? That’s the burning question creators of Hulu’s Pam & Tommy had to grapple with when creating the now-infamous talking penis scene in the biopic series.

Well, according to Sebastian Stan, who stars as Tommy Lee in the series, the show’s creative team originally thought Lee’s penis would sound something like Chris Evans.

In a recent interview with Awards Daily, Stan revealed that he shot the comedic yet vulnerable scene not knowing who would voice the prosthetic appendage.

“He actually wasn’t there on the day,” Stan told the outlet. “We didn’t know who we were going to get at that point. The guys, I think, called me at one point and were like, ‘What do you think? Do you think Chris Evans would do this with you?’ And I was like, ‘I’m not calling him, OK?’”

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Just consider it: Captain America voicing Bucky Barnes’ penis? What in the MCU multiverse…

Eventually, the role ended up going to Big Mouth and Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Jason Mantzoukas, whose delightfully brash voice is inarguably perfect for Tommy Lee’s sentient penis.

In a February interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Rob Siegel revealed some of the inner workings of creating the oddly captivating scene with a puppet-like animatronic penis, which was created from a lifecast of Stan’s actual appendage.

“I can’t think of a more fun and cuddly way to get away with extended full-frontal male nudity,” Siegel said. “It’s a puppet, it’s like Yoda.”

To get a seamless look that makes it appear like Stan is standing nude and not with a puppet hanging from his member, the SFX team used a lot of glue (ouch) and paint to secure and blend the appendage.

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“There were wires running between his legs from behind, and a guy crouched on the floor with joysticks, mechanically controlling what’s going on,” showrunner D.V. DeVincentis told Entertainment Weekly. “That animatronic guy had to look in a mirror and sort of really act with Sebastian physically, like all the gestures and the nods and looks up, and we had to actually direct that. I’ve never done anything quite like that.”

Truly, that’s not surprising.

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Former MLB Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth Is an Absolutely Shredded Bodybuilder Now

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Former MLB Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth Is an Absolutely Shredded Bodybuilder Now

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You may know Kyle Farnsworth for his 17-year Major League Baseball career spanning from 1999 to 2014. Though the 46-year-old former pitcher left the major leagues in 2014, he hasn’t let his love of fitness falter. In fact, Farnsworth is now an absolutely jacked bodybuilder in his “retirement.”

Once sporting a relatively-slim baseball player physique, Farnsworth recently captured headlines for his status as a bludging competitive bodybuilder. In a recent YouTube video, Athlean-X trainer Jeff Cavaliere broke down Farnsworth’s incredible physical transformation—and why it may not be as surprising as it seems.

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“No doubt, he looks like an absolute beast,” Cavaliere says of Farnsworth’s current physique. “The vascularity is sort of crazy, the size is ridiculous, the legs are absolutely shredded and humongous…Basically, Kyle Farnsworth is a big, jacked dude.”

At 6’4″ and currently 240 pounds, Cavaliere says Farnsworth has always had bodybuilding potential from a genetic standpoint, adding that he was also “one of the hardest workers in the room,” giving him the ability to capitalize on the hereditary leg-up.

“He was an anomaly when it came to baseball players, especially as a pitcher,” Cavaliere says in the video. “His size and his overall appearance were not what you would typically see. So he was always big.”

Cavaliere, who worked for the Mets from 2006 to 2008, was with the New York-based team at the same time that Farnsworth played for the Yankees. The trainer said he personally would see the pitcher “cranking out” countless leg extensions before any other players showed up on game day, showing his bodybuilding potential several years ago.

“I didn’t really see that as being the best, most functional way to train for his sport. Step-ups, lunges — there are better things that he could do,” Cavaliere said. “But he did a lot of leg extensions, so the fact that he’s now become a bodybuilder certainly doesn’t surprise me at all because I always wondered if he was more interested in bodybuilding versus pitching.”

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Cavaliere also mentions the possibility of performance-enhancing drugs playing a role in the transformation, though the speculation is just that — entirely speculation. Yet, the trainer says performance-enhancers were a reality of the baseball era Farnsworth played in, citing that the former pitcher was on the receiving end of some PED rumors during his major league tenure.

During his time in the major leagues, the pitcher played for several teams from 1999 to 2014. He signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1999, playing with the team until 2004. He was then traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2005, then traded again to the Atlanta Braves later that same year. Farnsworth signed with the New York Yankees in 2006, playing with the team until 2008. In 2008, he was traded back to the Tigers, but swiftly signed to the Kansas City Royals from 2009-2010. In 2010, Farnsworth was traded back to the Braves, then signed with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, he traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, then to the New York Mets in 2014. He wrapped up his MLB career with the Houston Astros in 2014.

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