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What's with the name?

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A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Tampon Delivery Service!

Well you can get just about everything else delivered to your door, why NOT tampons? 

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there, right? Out of tampons just when you need one the most, ie, Aunt Flo has arrived. I make it a point to always keep one in my purse just in case I, or a friend, needs one but being left in the lurch does happen. So it’s actually surprising it took so long for a tampon subscription service to pop up. Actually, there’s three.

JuniperHelloFlo, and LeParcel all exist so you don’t have to put pants on when you’ve got your period. Juniper was first, while HelloFlo started just last week, but all three companies were started by women.

Prices differ at each site but it looks like you can pay anywhere from $14-28 a month, which is a lot, but you won’t just be getting tampons. You get to choose a brand and type as well as whether you would like panty liners or pads, and depending on the company, you’re also looking at extras like Midol, chocolate, tea, and even random gifts. The services also ask when you get your period in order to insure timely delivery and also to remind you it’s coming. Of course, that’s not always consistent for everyone so a firm timeline may ruin the whole point of the service. Fancy packaging also jacks up the price.

ABC News writes, “As of this writing, Le Parcel had 1,500 subscribers and Juniper 100 subscribers. HelloFlo would not comment on its subscriber numbers. The female founders started on the projects with the help of others who are working in exchange for equity in the companies. They purchase the tampons, box up the packages and send them off themselves.”

The services are on the pricey side, but I suppose that’s what you pay for the little extras and the specialty service. And sure, I guess you could buy tampons off (they have a household items subscription service) or something but I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have such a service available. Still not sure I’d bother with it though. Naama Bloom, the founder of HelloFlo said, “Amazon doesn’t remind you it [your period] is coming, it doesn’t get delivered to your door, it doesn’t come with a fun treat.”

What do you think? Is this something you’d be willing to pay for or is it a waste of money?

(via ABC)

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  • Heidi Kenyon

    You’re kidding. The whole point is that you need one NOW, in the bathroom, not two days from now. Ridiculous.

  • jess hyland

    I have a menstrual cup. Fuck tampons forever :I

  • Anonymous

    Why do I feel like the delivery guy is going to be a shark who chomps me?

  • Anonymous

    I was about to say the same thing! With my DivaCup, I generally forget ALL DAY that I’m even on my period.

  • MJ

    I use a moon cup, but if I wanted to order tampons online, I’d just use Amazon. I don’t need fancy packaging or patronizing chocolates, and I keep a supply of painkillers in my medicine cabinet; this all just stinks of stereotype-driven niche marketing. (One of the greatest things about using a menstrual cup is that you never have to run out and buy more if you get a surprise!)

  • Kate

    Is buying tampons really such a harrowing ordeal that one feels a need to order them online? I mean, my process is: 1) Finish period; 2) Drive to grocery/drug store; 3) Stick multi-pack of tampons in card or basket; 4) Purchase tampons; 5) Go home and stick them in the cabinet under the bathroom sink. Maybe I’m doing it wrong?

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I don’t know about anyone else but I never think to buy them immediately after my period. I’m pretty much just thankful it’s done and don’t want to think about it for a while.

  • Heather

    “Amazon doesn’t remind you it [your period] is coming, it doesn’t get delivered to your door”

    Where is Amazon delivering their packages exactly, if not to them?

  • Kelly Aarons

    Yes, the chocolates and stuff are a bit “stereotypical,” but man, nothing feels better than getting a nice package in the mail, even if you did pay for it yourself.
    One of the not-perks of being an adult – mail is usually just bills. :T

  • Aeryl

    The first few days of mine are killer and its irregular so preparing in advance is rarely an option. Thankfully my awesome bf has NO problem going to store for me, but if I ever become single again, I’d probably look into it.

  • Lady Viridis

    Indeed. I usually do a mental check when I’m at the store – what’s my supply of pads look like? Low? Medium? Just purchased? And if I need more and/or know it’s about that time, I pick up another package. It’s only $4 or so and one pack usually lasts me almost two cycles, so much more cost-effective than these services. Generally I keep one or two pads in my purse/car in case I’m caught off guard, but it’s usually not an issue.

  • Ashley Sue

    My period lasts like two days and both need no more than a panty liner, so I never really need this. Also, is it a thing to want chocolate on your period? Cuz for real I want it every day. Could they send me a snickers bar every day around 2:30pm?

  • Sarah Brockman

    Though it does seem frivolous, I know a few people who have horrendous menstrual cycles (migraines, can’t leave the house, can’t sit up for long periods, severe nausea). Yes, they could order from Amazon if they wanted, but something like this would be a nice way to brighten an otherwise shitty day without having to ask someone else to pamper you.

    We already have specialty services for other personal products (like Condomania) that provide extras and fancy packaging for stuff you can buy at Walgreens, but they’re flourishing. So if someone has the extra cash to spend, I say go for it. I, for one, would not mind chocolate or bubble bath coming with my reminder that the next five days are going to be hell.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno. I kind of like it? I mean my period isn’t that big of a deal for me b/c I’m on birth control and I only get it every few months and its super light (it used to be painfully heavy, irregular and just plain obnoxious, thus the pill) But I feel like if I got a regular period, this would be something I would enjoy… treat myself for a kind of shitty experience. Why not?

  • Canisa

    My period is almost completely irregular, I have to keep a supply of tampons on hand at all times just ‘cuz I never really know when I’m gonna need them. Do they do emergency call-outs?

  • Her Majesty’s Wombat

    For real! I wish more people would try it – it is THE BEST possible solution.

  • Brand

    When started buying my own pads this was less of an issue. But my period was always wonky as a kid/teen and I’d often wake up with “SURPRISE” you menstruated all over your clothes and sheets. I’d also feel like shit and tended to have painful cramps the whole time. So, yeah I wouldn’t (couldn’t) got to the store for pads when it was like that.

    Once, I had I job I started to buy my own pads. I always made sure I was stocked up.

  • Selkiechick

    I wouldn’t buy this for me, but if I had a daughter (or a niece) I might buy this as a gift (with the chocolate add on FOR SURE) for the first year of learning how to to manage her period.

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  • Mac Beauvais

    I honestly think it’s a bit clever. Is it for everyone? Absolutely not (as made even very evident by the comment section). Is it for some people? Quite possibly. And let’s not overlook the fact that these are companies being run by entrepreneurial women taking a stab at doing something new. Maybe this won’t work out for them, but perhaps with feedback it will inspire something that is more appealing and inventive.

  • Lynn Tao

    Hi there! First time poster. :) My name is Lynn Tao and I started Juniper, the original Tampons and Treats delivery services. Thanks for covering usI wanted to do this because:

    1. I used to NEVER remember to get my period stuff, like tampons and pads, so I wanted a service to do it for me. When I started this service, no one else was on the market so I thought why not start this myself?

    2. I LOVE getting a box of treats in the mail every month, my favorite treats company went out of business at the time and I was sad to see them go. So I wanted to include something that delivered something that they delivered to me – sheer delight.

    3. I really do want chocolate and other treats everyday. I usually share with friends, but when I’m on my period, I just want to indulge myself since I’m stressed out.

    Please feel free to direct your questions and comments at me, I’m happy to discuss! :)

  • Addie/Annie D

    … .. You could just get free samples from the brand’s websites, or you know… Stock up all at once so you’re always prepared and … Buy some bloody chocolate yourself at the checkout.

  • Seanna Tucker

    Most of them are set to either deliver 1. A week before your period starts or 2. Whenever you have it set to deliver.

    Yes, carrying the tampons on your person is still up to you. No one’s invented teleportation devices for the mass public yet, so immediately getting something when you want it isn’t going to happen yet…

  • Seanna Tucker

    I tried LeParcel and just signed up for HelloFlo to get a hang on the experience. I liked LeParcel, but there was some miscommunication on our end, so I decided to try a different one.

    I have to admit, for $15, it’s worth it. Especially with getting some chocolate and a gift on hand. It would be nice, however, to customize a bit more. My girlfriend is Vegan, which makes it a bit hard to order a service that delivers chocolate, because 9 times out of 10, they aren’t going to think to ask if you are lactose intolerant and/or are Vegan.(AKA she got Milk Chocolate instead.) It was a nice service and it is wonderful to not have to think about going to the store and getting the items. Plus, the $15 seemed worth it when the price of tampons and pads keeps going up. It may be only $4 (although, closer to $5), but you also have to account for tax.

    $4 for tampons
    $4 for pads
    $4 for liners
    + Local Tax in Missouri is 4.225%

    = $17, if I’m not mistaken.

    So, being the bargain chick that I am (and not cheap. Bargain does not equal cheap. I’m not going to the dollar store and purchasing cheap ass tampons. Excuse my french), that’s still a savings for me.

  • nelle

    I heard about LeParcel a month or so ago and was pretty skeptical, but after I looked into it, it seems like a pretty good deal to me for the amount of pads/tampons/liners you get (seriously, where are people getting pads for $4?! or do you just buy the smallest packages?). I’d never go through 30 in a month or even two, so whenever I cancelled, I’d still have a nice little stockpile built up. Plus, you get the gift/chocolate. I also love getting packages in the mail; that’s half the reason I’m signed up to Birchbox. I don’t mind buying my own chocolate/pads/painkillers, but for me the appeal of these services is that it’s nice to feel like you’re being thought of, especially when you feel like you’re dying from the inside out.

  • Cheryl Mullen

    I wish there was a service that would deliver these things to you NOW, when you need them. Like NYC’s now-defunct Urban Fetch. I could have really used this when I found myself stuck in the hospital about 6 months ago. Hospitals don’t give you tampons, and the pathetic pads they give you were NOT going to cut it for me. I ended up having to call a co-worker & asked her to bring me some. So when I was finally able to return to work my entire office knew about it. Not. Cool.