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The Dispenser Dilemma

BY Zach Poczekaj

All across the country, public bathrooms in every industry—schools, offices, restaurants, airports, libraries and more—remain stuck in a parallel universe. In this Twilight Zone, menstruators who need a tampon or pad in a pinch must rely on broken, empty dispensers to access these products. In most public bathrooms, these defunct dispensers don’t even EXIST. When they do, well…they aren’t exactly your best friend.

SCENE: You walk into work or class and notice a red stain on your pants. You panic: “Did I remember to pack a tampon in my bag?” You rush to the bathroom, your fate lying in the cold hands of the metal machine on the wall. You think to yourself, “Who has time to grab a quarter WHEN THEY ARE BLEEDING THROUGH THEIR PANTS?” You finally find a coin (or maybe you don’t) and realize the machine is broken. No tampon to cover today’s surprise party. Therein lies…

THE DISPENSER DILEMMA

What do we think about this issue? Put simply:

At this point, you might be thinking, “How do we fix this? Is this a change I can personally tackle? Where do I even start?”

ENTER AUNT FLOW:

A free-vend, wall-mounted dispenser from Aunt Flow lays the Dispenser Dilemma to rest and sprinkles period positivity on its grave. Launched in 2018, this miracle machine has helped people in numerous businesses and schools by providing freely-accessible, 100 percent organic cotton menstrual products. Want more specifics? Let’s break it down.

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Holds 50+ Aunt Flow cardboard applicator tampons and 50+ Aunt Flow pads (5X the industry standard)
  • Easy to refill with a lock top (lock and key included)
  • Sleek, approachable design
  • Instructions and tools to mount on wall included for quick and easy installation
  • Meets NY, CA and IL state requirements for schools
  • ADA compliant when mounted at appropriate height

The additional perks? Aunt Flow dispensers provide a clear, period-positive lifeline for menstruators caught off guard by their flows. No cold steeliness here! There’s also no need to worry about product theft when it comes to this easy, unique employee benefit. WOOHOO!

Another question probably on your mind…

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

FACT: Offering freely-accessible menstrual products increases school attendance.

FACT: Providing menstrual products increases work productivity.

FACT: Aunt Flow tampons and pads dramatically improve the bathroom experience.

Mounting a brand-new Aunt Flow dispenser on your bathroom wall or swapping out the current dinosaur dispenser shows employees, students and patrons that you care. It’s people helping people. PERIOD.® Keeping an unusable machine up not only makes no sense for businesses’ bottom lines, but also disadvantages menstruators. Think we’re ovary-reacting?

According to a study conducted by Free The Tampons, 86 percent of women have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they needed. When there are no freely-accessible menstrual products available in a public bathroom, the results are even worse. A whopping 79 percent of women have improvised by “macgyvering” a tampon or pad out of toilet paper or something else. EEK! So how does one defeat the Dispenser Dilemma? It’s a lot easier than you might think.

END THE DILEMMA

Toilet paper is offered for free, why aren’t tampons?® Help us end the Dispenser Dilemma today:

  • Own a business? Get a quote for your Aunt Flow products by filling out our online form. No worries, it only takes 30 seconds to complete!
  • Know a business or school that needs to provide freely-accessible menstrual products? Contact Danielle Ferguson at danielle@goauntflow.com or (614) 398-1829 to help a location join the Menstrual Movement.

Aunt Flow is a female-founded enterprise that stocks businesses and universities with their 100% organic cotton menstrual products.