AUSTIN, Texas — A new Texas law allows women to buy their own tampons and pads, with exemptions for medical reasons.
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In the wake of the Zika virus, Texas lawmakers passed a bill last month that allows women and girls to get their own disposable menstrual pads and tampons.
Women have long been allowed to buy feminine hygiene products and tampon packs in the state.
The new law would allow them to buy up to three products a month, starting at a price of $8.50 per pack.
Women can purchase up to two packs per month at most grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores, and they can buy the products at any pharmacy or drugstore, or by mail-in payment of $10.
The law also allows women with certain medical conditions to obtain their own pads and sanitary napkins.
It also allows people with certain health conditions to have up to five tampons or sanitary pads per month, with exceptions for medical conditions and for certain prescription medications.
Beth Boggess, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said the new law is a win for women.
“This is really an incredible piece of legislation that is going to make a big difference for us,” she said.
I think it is going in the right direction, Boggness said.
“This is a very small group of women who will be able to afford to buy these products.”
Boggess and other women who have used tampons said the law is also good for their health, as well as helping women pay for sanitary products.
Texas Tribune reporter Mark Martinez contributed to this report.