Is this scenario familiar? You’re a confident, competent adult. You march into the drugstore to buy a few things, but as you grab an item that could be deemed “embarrassing,” you start to feel slightly ashamed. You argue with yourself; part of you wants to put the item down and flee the store, while the other part is like, “Why are you embarrassed by this thing? Other people buy it all the time!”
If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone. In fact, a 2015 study created by the University of Michigan found that people felt self-conscious even when they shopped online for “embarrassing” items.
But here’s the thing: these items are in the drugstore for a reason — you’re not the only one who needs them! And besides, most shoppers are so caught up in their own lives that they won’t even be paying attention to what you’ve got in your basket, and if they do . . . well, it’s a safe bet that they’ve also bought things they felt self-conscious about at some point in their lives.
Ahead are a few “embarrassing” drugstore items that you should no longer feel embarrassed about buying, especially if they make your life easier!
5 Drugstore Items to Stop Feeling Embarrassed About Buying
Feminine Hygiene Products. Almost every woman of childbearing age needs these items, which means the checkout person probably scans hundreds of them a week. That fact alone should help you put them into your shopping basket with confidence.
Gas-X Maximum Strength. Yes, buying Gas-X means you occasionally deal with gas or bloating, but since the average person passes gas about 14 to 23 times a day, you’re definitely not alone! And buying Gas-X Maximum Strength Softgels means you’re the smart one in the room, since they contain 250 mg of simethicone, the strongest treatment available without a prescription to relieve bloating, pressure, and discomfort from gas.
Family Planning Products. These items keep us safe and prepared, and there’s no shame in that!
Toilet Paper. Come on, now! Who doesn’t need toilet paper?
Extra Strength Deodorant. Maybe you work out a lot. Maybe you have a very stressful job. Who cares? If you need a little extra help in the underarm department, you’re not just doing yourself a favor, you’re doing everyone else around you a service, too!
In short, feeling a little embarrassed when buying certain drugstore items is normal, but you shouldn’t let it stop you from getting the things you need to look and feel your best.