To determine how media is talking about period category, associated symptoms beyond cramps, and Midol in general. Additionally, determine major competitors of Midol, their competitive advantage, and details about any other drug (like tylenol, advil, etc) breaking into the period conversation too. This information will be used for a new business pitch.
As we dove into the background research, we reviewed several credible databases including news journals, magazine articles, and others. Most of the discussion in the media about periods is focused on the symptoms, remedies to cure, and alternatives to Midol. However, most of the press releases focus on home remedies as alternatives to Midol. The major competitors of Midol that we were able to determine within our first hour of research are Pamprin and Advil. Excluding Midol, Advil (ibuprofen) seems to be breaking into the period conversation too. A summary of our findings is provided below:
MEDIA ABOUT PERIODS
- US News in an article published on October 16, 2019, seems to focus on the harms of irregular menstrual cycles. It claims that women whose menstrual cycles persistently vary have a shorter life span.
- The article focuses on a study that claims that women with irregular periods are as much as a one-third higher risk of death as compared to women with normal periods.
MEDIA ABOUT PERIODS SYMPTOMS
- Women's Health Magazine in an article published on January 8, 2018, discusses six weird period symptoms beyond cramps.
- The symptoms include feeling bloated and fatty, cravings for red meat, feeling of quitting a bad habit like smoking, increased breast sensitivity and tenderness, feeling out of breath than usual running, and chocolate cravings.
MEDIA ABOUT MIDOL IN GENERAL
- The Nation in an article published on May 10, 2018, seems to be discussing the heavy lifetime prices women spend on Midol and Advil.
MEDIA ABOUT ADVIL
- The Nation in an article claims that Midol and Advil supplies cost as much as $4500 over a lifetime.
- Jezebel in an article discusses how Advil is marketing its basic Ibuprofen as "Advil Menstrual Pain".
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We recommend providing an additional 2-3 media articles/press releases in the past 12 months about periods in general, 2-3 media articles/press releases about Midol, and 2-3 media articles/press releases about Advil. For each article, we will provide details like when was it published and an overview of the article.
Additionally, we recommend providing details on the major competitors of Midol that are Advil and Pamprin. For each competitor, we will provide their general pricing and 2-3 points that differentiate them from Midol or show their advantages over Midol.