Face it girls, periods are a fact of life and something we generally have to put up with on a monthly basis. That being said, I think people often shy away from reviewing menstruation products because they're embarrassed or think it's a taboo subject, but not me.
I have been using Tampax since I was 13-14 and although I have tried own brand tampons I always come back to Tampax because they are a brand I can trust. These tampons are easy to insert and if it's your first time using tampons the leaflet inside is very easy to follow. I like the fact that these have a cardboard applicator because it's more environmentally friendly than plastic applicators. That being said, they don't insert as smoothly as those with plastic applicators but it's easy to do with a bit of practice.
The packaging is slightly different from that above and dare I say it, less 80s looking. The tampons are wrapped individually in yellow packaging, which is quite obvious in your handbag. I wish they would do one with white wrapping and maybe a small coloured band on it so you know what absorbency you are using. And, the important thing is I've never had a leak with these.
Price wise they are more expensive than own brand products, but I think the quality is superior. I find the cardboard applicator in own brand ones often become dented and make them difficult to use. Also it is well worth looking around for offers as there are usually offers on Tampax products. They are also cheaper than the Pearl and the Compak varieties and I prefer them.
When it comes to tampons I will not buy just any old brand or shops own or anything like that at all and am rather fussy. I always buy from brands I trust and Tampax is one of them, you can't afford to buy rubbish tampons anyway eh ladies! Who wants to end up at A & E with legs in stirrups with a Doctor and a fishing rod scenario! Well I can think of worse things but I'd rather not lol.
As far as I can see and from what I have in front of me the box has had a bit of a revamp since this link was added here. The box is still largely blue but it has a small plastic, see-through window to the front of it so you can see the wrapping of the tampons and there is a big section of yellow colour on there too. On the front of the box we are told that they are Tampax Regular 'With an anti-leak protective skirt' and that they typically give 8 hours of protecion and there is a picture shown of the tampon on there too and we are told that they all have applicators and are anti-slip for easy insertion and the size of the box is listed. I bought a box of 20 of these for £1.75 which are are also on offer with three boxes for £3.00 at the time of writing this review in Asda or they can be bought in a 32 pk box for £3.98 (price also from Asda). On the rest of the box other information listed includes being told about other tampons from the Tampax range and a little about how these work, we are told not to flush them but to bin them and contact details for Procter & Gamble (the maufacturer of the product) are given. Inside the box there is a leaflet given and it is very comprehensive in all the information on how to use them etc with diagramns and warnings and well, everything you could possibly need to know is told to you.
Each tampon comes individually wrapped in a paper wrapper which is yellow and white and it tears off very easily indeed. The tampon is of course stored within a two part and robust white cardboard applicator with the white string sticking out of the other end and of course to use it you place it into position and push the bottom of the applicator to the top part and the tampon should be inserted and then your left with the applicator to throw away.
I find these tampons rather easy to use as they are not very big at all and when you pull them out the string it is really robust so it feels safe and its nice and long too. When I pull it out you can see the expanded skirt to the bottom of it meaning that it really does soak blood up and I never have spotted or leaked or anything diverse at all using these and even forgotten they're there.
All round these are great quality and my mind can rest easy that I'm safe using them. I do get about 8 hours wear from one and I do like the ease of use these have to them as well.
A certain buy for me when I go shopping these are!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc.
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I would say one of the worst things about being a femal is periods, we all have to put up with them at some point and this of course means we need a way of dealing with the bleeding. I have myself tried numerous different sanitary products but I generally go for the supermarkets own brands. The only reason I ever ended up with these was that after having my injection and not bleeding for months I suddenly found I was caught short and had to buy what was available.
Tampax have a very wide range of products, you can have them with or without applicators, small boxes or large boxes and of course there are numerous different tyoes for the flow of your period. This type of tampon costs £2.78 for 20 or £3.99 for 48, obviously the bigger pack is much better value. Tampax tampons can be bought from chemists, supermarkets, discount storer and even online.
Inside the cardboard box that the product comes packaged in you find that easch individual tampon is wrapped in a plastic yellow wrapper, the yellow signifys that the flow is regular. On opening the wrapper you find that there is a plastic white applicatior which is in two parts although one part is hidden inside the other, to use you simply pull the hidden plastic down to below the level of the tampon and then this part will push the tampon into place, sometimes once you have the plastic applicator in place you need to pull the string of the tampon through to make sure it doesn't end up inside you. You must always make sure you choose the correct absorbancy for your period and that you wash your hands before insertion.
Of course there is a risk with using any tampons and this is of Toxic Shock Syndrome, this is when Staphylococcus Aureus found in the vagina produce toxins, the condition can be fatal so you must always make sure you use tampons correctly and never leave them in for more than 8 hours. The condition can be found in men and children too but is most common in women and girsl during their period.
I like these tampons, thery are easy to use and easy to insert, the plastci of the applicator makes them easier to insert than those with cardboard applicators. The tampons are comfortable to wear and hold onto the blood well, I personally make sure I change tampons every 3-4 hours through the day and I have never had any leakage with them. I would recommend these tampons, they are comfortable and reliable however they are more expensive than supermarket brands which do the job just as well. I'm just glad I don't have to go through periods every month.
Please be warned, this review might be a little graphic!
There are a few different tampons I use depending on the time in my period, I usually use a super absorbency during the majority of my period, but then the regular absorbency towards the end on my lighter days.
--- Packaging ---
These Tampax regular tampons come in the normal blue cardboard box that all Tampax products come in with some yellow, the yellow shows that these tampons are the regular absorbency.
Inside the box is 20 tampons wrapped in a yellow paper wrapper. There is also an information leaflet with advice on how to insert, how long the tampon should last and information on TSS (toxic shock syndrome), a rare infection that can be caused by using tampons.
--- Application ---
Opening the paper wrapper of the tampon is easy, I always check which end of the wrapper I am opening as if you open it towards the part which enters the body, the other end is prone to fall off. If this happens it means you spend ages trying to thread the tampon string back through the part that fell. Tampons I have used in the past have featured a clasp to stop the end from falling off, I think Tampax could use these too, it would definitely make life easier.
The applicator has a rounded end to make it easier to insert, it also has some grooves along the bottom of the part you insert meaning its easier to grip. The applicator is made from cardboard but it feels smooth to the touch so doesn't feel like a normal cardboard box type cardboard about to enter your lady bits. Once inserted, simply push the bottom end of the applicator through the top and voila, one tampon inserted.
--- Comfort and removal ---
Once the tampon has been inserted it doesn't feel like its even there. I haven't experienced any pain or discomfort whilst having one of these in. Like I said before, I only ever normally use these on the lighter days of my period and I usually keep them in place for around 5 hours without any leakage or discomfort.
When it comes to removing the tampon I haven't found a problem. The string attached to the tampon is securely in place and quite a nice thickness so you can get a good grip on it and gently pull the tampon out. Again, I haven't experienced any discomfort with this either.
--- Useful information ---
A pack of 20 regular tampons will cost around £2. They can be found in any supermarkets, chemist and the like, down the feminine product aisle, usually located near health products or shower/bath products.
There are four different absorbencies available, lites, regular, super and super plus. The packaging for each absorbency has a different colour. Purple for lites, yellow for regular, green for super and orange for super plus.
--- Overall ---
I definitely recommend these tampons, although the problem with one end of the applicator falling off when taking it out of the wrapper is a nuisance, the tampons themselves do a great job and I have no complaints.
Unfortunately it happens to us all, well, the women among us, that time of the month when we need protection from our period.
For years now I have been using Tampax Tampons as I feel they are the best on the market as they offer really good piece of mind. According to the paper work that comes with the tampons, Tampax tampons are made of absorbent material (cotton and/or rayon). It is worn inside your vagina and thanks to its protective skirt it gives you extra protection when you need it the most. Since menstrual flow is absorbed before it leaves the body there should be no menstrual odour. The applicator is made from glossy paper to help you insert the tampon easily and hygienically.
That's the thing I like about using tampons, they, in my opinion are a cleaner and fresher option than using towels during your period. These tampons are really absorbent and can last for quite a few hours. I have never had any leaks since using these which is definitely a good thing.
These Tampax tampons are really easy to use. They have an anti slip grip for easy insertion which is basically little grooves on the applicator portion of the tampon. You can grip these with you thumb and forefinger and then once the tampon is in place it's easy to slide the smaller applicator into the bigger one and then pull out. I think these regular tampons always give a nice secure easy fit and I feel a bit more comfortable wearing these than a smaller compact tampon. The tampons are rounded at the top which I think makes them slide in nicely. When it comes to removing the tampon you simply pull on the attached string. This string is wound in well to the tampon and I have never had any issues with it coming apart from the tampon itself.
Each Tampax tampon is individually wrapped in a thin yellow paper wrapper and so it's easy to pop one or two of these in your bag for the day/night and you don't have to worry about carting the whole box around with you.
You can buy these Tampax tampons in various numbered boxes but I tend to buy a box of 20 tampons at any one time as I find this is enough per month for me. A box of 20 costs £1.99 which to me is good value and a tampon I recommend.
Ok this prob wont be the nicest review to read if you are a man but I think us women will really get it and apologise in advance if there is to much information for you.
Like most women in the world my period do my head in and I wish they would just go away, I'm finished having my children so I don't need them any more.
Sadly for me and many other women apart from having a major op there is nothing I can do about it and I have to find the best way to deal with them and for me its tampax tampons.
A tampax tampon is a compressed small tube of absorbent material with a string on the end, looks a little like a mouse. These I find a lot cleaner that sanity towels. With towels the menstrual blood flows from the vagina on the pad which is in the knickers, a tampax is inserted in to the vagina and it absorbs the blood before it can flow out.
It does take a bit of practice to apply and tampax. It comes with a cardboard tube that you push up inside the vagina and then take the tube away. took me a few months to get it right, but once a tampax is in right you can not feel it.
I tend to by the bog standard taxpax as they are the cheapest out of all of them and they do the job
A tampax must be changed at least every 8 hours tho it is better to do this more often, if a tampax is not changed at least every 8 hours you increase you risk of getting Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) which sounds very scary but doesn't happen very often but tampax do have to warn you of this.
I would recommend tampax as they give you back the freedom back when on you period as long as you change regularly you don't need to worry about leaking and you can wear what you like with out the worry of you towel showing
I have to say that I think tampons are definately the way forward when it comes to having the painters and decorators in. Although the packing of the tampax applicators is not too discreet. They're quite long and covered in paper, so if any liquid spills on them they will be unusable. I prefere the tampons with no applicator and the minis (without an applicator) are covered in plastic and are very small in size. So easy to hide in your bag.
You can find this product in most shops, which is great espeacially if you come on without warning.
They make your periods feel more hygenic. I hardly notice mine anymore, make sure you put them in right as you might find it quite uncomfortable. The instructions come with them, which are very clear. They inform you of the risks and ways to avoid TSS (toxic shock syndrome) Which sounds awful!
I'd give this product 8/10. Burn your pads! Its time for Tampons!
Periods is something that all females go through, and they aren't very nice. I envy the girls who have regular, light periods that do not interfere with their lives - every month, I turn into a greasy-haired mess who cries at Pet Rescue. It's not a pretty sight! Thankfully, with copious amounts of tiger balm (for the cramps), Anadin (headaches), Herbal Essences (to banish the greasy hair) and Tampax, I bear some resemblance to the normal every day Jess! I have binned the Always pads, and now I wouldn't use pads if you paid me... I've set this out in a Q&A format, so it will be easier to read, hopefully! WHAT IS TAMPAX? ---------------------- Tampax is a brand of tampons, which are made out of cotton and rayon, and are about the size of half your little finger. They are worn internally to soak up the blood during your period. HOW DO I USE THEM? ------------------------ 1) Unwrap the tampon. 2) Position the tampon, including the applicator. 3) Put the thumb and forefinger of your left hand onto the grooved ring of the applicator. 4) Use your right hand to push the outer tube into the inner one, using your left hand to keep the inner tube in place. 5) The two tubes should be inside each other now, and the tampon should be properly inserted. Throw the tubes away, and wash your hands! ARE THEY MESSY? -------------------- Once you get used to them, inserting them shouldn't take any more than 30 seconds! You might feel a bit squeamish about 'handling' yourself while on your period, but if you use tampons with applicators, like Tampax, you hardly make contact with your bits! If you're a
beginner, I wouldn't recommend non-applicator ones as they can be messy. If you're worried about peeing on the string, which hangs out externally, then just use a bit of tissue to pull it out! ARE THEY COMFORTABLE? --------------------------- If inserted correctly, you shouldn't be able to feel the tampon at all. If you feel any kind of discomfort, it has probably not been inserted high up enough - take it out and start again. When I first started using them, I was terrified they would fall out, but don't worry - there is absolutely no chance of a stray tampon falling down your trouser leg! They expand inside you, so they fit you comfortably and securely. ISN'T THERE A RISK OF TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME? ------------------------------------------------- Toxic Shock Syndrome is a very rare, but often fatal blood disease. As long as you wash your hands thoroughly before and after usage, and do not keep a tampon in for more than eight hours, you pose a very, very low risk of contracting it. The symptoms include rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea, and a high temperature. HOW LONG CAN I KEEP THEM IN FOR? --------------------------------------- Four to eight hours is the recommended guidelines, and I change mine every five hours. If you can still see white on the tampon when you remove it, then change to a lower absorbency. You can use them when you are sleeping - just change it before you go to bed and remove it as soon as you wake up. WILL I LEAK? --------------- I have heavy perio
ds, and I have never leaked. There are five absorbencies anyway, ranging from Lites to Super Plus, and multipacks are available, containing tampons of different absorbencies, so you should be able to find the right one for you. AREN'T THEY A BIT BULKY? ---------------------------- The tampon is wrapped in white paper, with yellow writing, and is approximately the size of my middle finger. They can be kept discreetly enough in an inside pocket without any odd bulges, but if you prefer, there is another version of Tampax called Tampax Compak, which are designed to be smaller and more discreet. HOW DO I DISPOSE OF THEM? ------------------------------- The tampon, applicator and paper wrapping can all be flushed down the toilet, as they are biodegradable. There's no need to wrap it in tissue and throw it into the bin, which can be time-consuming. PADS ARE BETTER THOUGH, AREN'T THEY? ------------------------------------------- I prefer tampons, as pads are much bulkier, and I often feel like I am wearing a nappy! Tampons need to be changed less than pads, and I feel cleaner, as everything is stored internally, rather than in my knickers. You have more freedom of underwear too - want to wear a skimpy G-string while on your period? Go ahead! HOW MUCH ARE THEY? ---------------------- Prices vary, depending on the amount you get. My box of 30 cost me £2.50 from Bodycare, meaning they cost approximately 8p each. Some people might think this expensive for something that is absolutely necessary,
but if you leave it in for four hours, it costs you 2p an hour. Not exactly bank-breaking, is it? WHERE CAN I BUY THEM? -------------------------- Tampax is pretty much sold everywhere, from Asda to Co-op to Boots - they're not hard to find. The cheapest place I have found them is in Bodycare.
I usually use lil-lets or a shops own brand of tampons as I see no point in spending a fortune on something that all does the same thing as each other and I don't particually enthrall at the idea of having to buy these things in the first place. I saw an offer for a free box of these new and imroved Tampax Tampons and thought i'll have some of those seeing as they are free and soon enough my free box arrived. I have never had the period pains that so many women have to suffer I have been lucky and never so much as feel a twinge I don't even get ratty near the time of the month! I had a stomach ache for a few days when I was on and thought it was strange but then I realised what was giving me the stomach ache, it wasn't my period it was the tampon. This particular brand are a lot longer than normal tampons. If you are not familiar with these things a normal tampon expands outwards inside you to absorb the liquid and to stay put. A Tampax tampon also expands but length ways this does not make it any more absorbant it just pushes on the back of you and is uncomfortable. I also found that instead of the string being sewn through the middle it is sewn near the edge and after usage it is on the edge and showing, this is not very safe as they are supposed to be sewn straight through the middle so they dont come out leaving the tampon stuck inside you. I usually use non-applicator tampons as well, I know a lot of people do prefer applicator ones because thay are more 'hygenic' as you do not have to get messy shall we say, but I find the applicator just doesn't push the tampon up far enough into you and get it into the right place. I feel I need to insert it myself to get it in right. I would not buy these again its not worth the stomach ache i'll be sticking to my shops own cheap brand.
Every month I am surfin the crimson wave, that's fine , I'm used to it now after the childhood anguish that is starting your period. As you do , most people start of using sanitary towels which are, basically, poo! They are uncomfortable , fiddly and make a lot of embarrasing noises when your in the loo! Which is why I switched to tampax, you can start of with mini, but mini and regular basically hold the same amount of fluid.When you are younger tampax seemed to be the only tampon that you heard of. Do you remember those little tampon/towel packs which you got in school when you learnt all about your period? Well since I used tampax I've had no reason to stop using them. Basically the advantages of tampax are that you are more comfortable, hygienic with the blood kept inside rather than out, and personally I feel I can be more active whatever those sanitary towel adverts say. You wont need to worry about anything showing, you won't be walking like john Wayne (as you do if your towel slips) and you wont feel like your back in those pre childhood nappy days. Insertion is most definately better with the applicator, it's quick and easy and I find that pulling them out is quite easy too.As long as you don't go over the time limit of wearing them which I think is 4-8 hours then you'll be hunkydory as this avoids leaking or TSS. They do look quite large in the packet and if your worried about them being on show you could always switch to the comact version which is half the lenght in the packet but stilll the same size in you! You hear all these stories of girls taking they're tampons out of they're bag discretely and then accidentally dropping them and getting embarresed, but these day blokes should know all about it ,so there is no point being embarressed about what is natural, so just let it flow (sorry that was a cheap gag. But it had to be done!)
Menstrual cycles, who needs 'em? I guess we all do otherwise we wouldn't be here. I've always felt that wearing a sanitary towel was a bit like wearing a nappy, it's smelly, it slips and sooner or later, your nicker draw looks like... well not pretty and definately not seductive at all. Commonly known as the 'period pants draw', where you'll find an array of worn out nickers coming apart at the seams. Now, Tampons have changed over the years, moving with the times and 'improving' every year. Forget Vivians (Young Ones) impression of his pet mouse that was thursty, imagine a cigar tube with a piece of string attached, that my friends is your new found saviour.. that is of course if you are cursed with the dreaded monthly, binging on chocolate, swearing and cursing all over the place and yes of course.. mood swings. And pain, (neurofen plus.. or Mefenamic Acid Tablet prescribed by your GP). Ug. Anyway, the tampax range have changed the tips and beleive me, what a hassle, if it isn't gruesome enough they had to make it just that teensy weeny bit unbearable, and here I am thinking to myself, who the hell redesigned these, was it a woman? And if it was a bloke.. well who was his model? (Puts a different perspective on the entire subject). I'm not going to go on about the cost of the white friend as we all know that they average around the £3.00 mark. What I will say however, since the tip has been redesigned it is actually harder to get the little suckers in there properly without getting a mess everywhere. That may sound disgusting.. and yes I agree with you. But the whole point of having applicator tampons is that you're not meant to get messy fingers, and lets face it, it does get rather slippery there. (Ho-hum) All women are different and bleed 'uniquely' shall I say, somedays can be heavy and painful and others that light that you wouldn't eve
n know that you had your monthly (which is when accidents happen to all those young girlies coming into womanhood). The point of this little speech is purely this: I miss the old applicator, the plain one, nothing fancy, no 'crown' tips, keep things simple in that department please Mr Tampax, how on earth can you glorify applicators is beyond me (hence jumping around and bleeding blue liquid), when in reality, the truth of the periods was featured in a skit off Smack The Pony. (Watch out for the ax.. she'll blow at any minute, never argue with a woman when she's got her monthly because you'll be high tailing it down the road with your tail in between your legs). So... please bring back the plain one! Or I'll have to resort to another brand.
When I was a young girl at school, I used to hate using sanitary pads with a passion, and soon moved onto applicator tampons. And I was given tampax regular applicator tampons to use. These were the beginning of the end of me using anything but normal, non-applicator tampons. Yes, application is easy, and it's nice and hassle-free because you don't have to worry so much about the hygeine problems associated with tampons, and also I find it's a nice feeling that both the applicator and the tampon are biodegradable too. The problem is that they are bigger than normal tampons and you simply can't conceal their presence. I know that they are only a little bit bigger, but they are still bigger, and not easy to hide as a 14 year old school child. I'm gonna have to use a "test-tube and water" analogy here to avoid being too disgusting. If you take a tampax applicator tampon and put it into a test tube, probably a boilign tube which is slightly larger will demonstrate my point better. Then add water slowly. The tampon will absorb a certain amount of water, and expand, but not as "normal" tampons do, oh no, they are more like a square piece of cotton wool which has been rolled up with a string in the middle, and expand in much the same way, sideways, but not in every direction. Now you will notice that there are blatant gaps down the side of the test-boiling tube, where water can flow freely. Not very "protective" is it? Equally, not so comfortable either, and certainly removing the bl**dy thing isn't to nice too (sorry, no sick pun intended).
Tampax tampons are specially designed to help easy insertion thanks to the smooth paper applicator. They give you effective protection as they gently expand to fit the shape of you body. Tampax tampons, applicators and wrappers are biodegradable