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

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."