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WARNING: This review is about tampons. If you are a gentleman with delicate sensibilities please look away now! In my opinion this is a really great, innovative product from Tampax. I have been using Tampax since I first started using sanitary protection and I think their products are brilliant. However I think this one is the best of all of them, it''s a really great development in tampon design. The two features of this tampon that I love are the plastic applicator, and the two part applicator. I find the plastic applicator easier to use than the standard cardboard ones, so this product would be ideal for a beginner tampon user. The plastic is easier to insert, and the applicator is easier to hold onto as there is a ridge round the bottom of it. The two part applicator means the whole thing is half the size of a regular product to carry around (the actual tampon is the same size) and when you are ready to use it, you simple pull the inner part out and use it in the same way as a regular tampon. The packaging of each tampon is plastic as well, so they don''t get damaged in the same way paper wrappers do. These tampons are comfortable and offer good protection, in the same way all of Tampax''s products do. In terms of value for money, they are more expensive than most other tampons, but as they are such a good product, this is still quite good value.
I only ever use tampons during my periods and for as long as I can remember, I have been brand loyal to Tampax. For me, they work, so why risk anything else? I know they are not the cheapest brand out there, and I am all for saving a few pence here and there where I can (just look at my other reviews - plenty of Tesco Everyday Value range items) but personal hygiene is something that I do not want to test around with thank you.
When Tampax brought out their compac range a few years back (sorry, don't know exactly when) I thought there were some real advantages but also a couple of disadvantages and I'll go through those now.
The main advantage for me was, and still is, how discreet the tampons are. I prefer to use applicator tampons but they aren't particularly discreet to carry around due to their length. But these are half the size. That is because the applicator is in two pieces which you extend and click into place before use. Clever.
This clever design means that you can easily hide one in your hand as you nip off to the loo, or can carry them in your pocket. Great news.
The wrappers on these are kind of shiny cellophane rather than paper which is better for me as the paper ones always ended up getting messed up and then torn in the bottom of my handbag.
Another difference is that the applicators on these are plastic rather than cardboard which I find more comfortable but obviously they are not as environmentally friendly and as they are plastic they are not flushable.
I have never had any issues using these tampons and will continue to use them. The product is great and the packaging, which I do think is important for products like these! is discreet due to the Compak design.
A box of 20 costs around £2.70 which is more than £2 for 20 regular but due to the above reasons, I am happy to pay the difference.
N.B - This is a tampon review, so expect discussion of menstruation! Gentlemen, you are excused if you don't wish to read any further :-)
Periods are a miserable time for many women, including me, so I always buy the best products I can afford, depending on my budget at the time. When money isn't too tight I often invest in these Tampax Compak tampons. I generally use sanitary towels for dealing with my period, but in summer, particularly when the weather is as hot as it has been recently, I try to use tampons wherever possible as they keep me cooler. Tampax Compak are different to most other tampons due to their packaging and applicator system, all described below.
Tampax Compak come in several variants, including 'Lites' (for light flow), 'Regular', 'Super', 'SuperPlus' and scented versions of the 'Regular' and 'Super' variants. As I'm susceptable to thrush I avoid the scented versions, and generally buy the 'Regular' variety, which I use for the middle, heavier part of my period. A box of 20 costs around £3 in the regular toiletry stores, but Superdrug in particular often have them as part of their multibuy deals. The 16 pack pictured doesn't seem to be available any more.
Inside the cardboard box are the tampons, each separately wrapped in a cellophane sleeve plus the obligatory usage/safety information leaflet. I've learned the hard way that these cellophane wraps are VERY staticky! Almost every time I unwrap one of these tampons, the blessed cellophane sticks to my fingers, clothes - any surface it can! It can be a right old job putting it into the disposal receptacle in a public loo!
The tampons themselves come in plastic applicators formed, unusually from two parts. When ready to use, the bottom part of the applicator must be pulled out of the top part until it locks. This doubles the length of the applicator to a 'normal' length for insertion. Again, a word of warning: if you pull the lower part out too quickly, or too hard, the applicator parts separate and, like Humpty Dumpty, are impossible to put together again rendering the tampon useless.
Once the applicator's ready, the tampon is inserted as normal, and left in place by pushing the lower part of the applicator gently, like a plunger(!). Unfortunately, around one in three times I use these tampons the cotton tampon itself gets stuck in the applicator, as the lower segment of the applicator doesn't push the tampon *up* but rather pushes itself around the tampon. Again, if this happens, I have to chuck the tampon. Really annoying!
The tampon itself is made of soft, white cotton, with a slight flare at the bottom; the 'skirt' feature that is designed to protect from leakage.
Once the tampon is actually inserted, it's definitely more comfortable for me than most other brands. Taking the tampon out isn't very traumatic either: I just pull the cord left dangling outside my body that connects to the tampon.
I've never had any problem in removing these tampons, although, as other reviewers have pointed out, the bottom of the tampon sometimes appears to have come away from the cord as the tampon has expanded inside the body.
Absorption of period yuckiness has always been good with these tampons, and I've never had to deal with any leakage. The 'skirt' feature does seem to work.
This is difficult, as these tampons have so many pros and cons:
*Plastic applicator makes them comfortable to insert
*Small size of packaging makes them easy to carry around
*Absorb period fluids well - the 'skirt' feature does seem to eliminate leakage problems
*Easy to take out of body
*Comfortable to wear
*Much more expensive than other tampons
*Plastic applicators and plastic sleeves aren't biodegradable so not environmentally friendly
*Plastic sleeves generate lots of static and stick to everything making them tricky to dispose of
*Tampon is unusuable around 1/3 of the time either due to the applicator not opening properly, or due to the applicator not deploying the tampon properly
Therefore, I would say if money is no object, these may be good tampons for you. I certainly buy them when I can afford them. However, there are so many cons in terms of wastage due to flawed design that I am hesitant to recommend them.
In fact, looking back over this review, and reading back over all the flaws I have found with these products, I may indeed think twice before buying them again myself. Yes, they are very comfortable, but the failure rate and the expense may not justify them for me any more. Cardboard applicators aren't as comfy to use but they're cheaper and a lot more reliable.
In any case, as soon as this hot weather subsides, I'll be back to sanitary towels!
When I first stated using tampons I had to use the applicator ones and now and then when I have forgotten my supplies I have to buy these here are my thoughts.
These come in a cardboard box initially, which due to the size of the applicator on each tampon is actually uite large and can easily be seen and recognised in a handbag, so these need to be separated. The tampons are then individually wrapped in paper- do we not all remember the adverts when they were mistaken for sugar and sweets - in this case yellow. It would be nice if this was waterproof as oppose to paper as these are lofted left in the bathroom that can get quite damp.
This is basically two pieces of card, the top piece holds the tampons and you use the bottom piece to pop it into place. I find these really hard to use and as they are quite flimsy they may end up breaking anyway, so I take it out of the contraption and put it in normally.
The first thing I notice is that it isn't as dense as I would like, the cotton seems quite loosely knit and this worries me, they are also very small. These are fairly absorbent but on a heavy day if I relying on tis I would need to change in on a hourly basis otherwise we would have issues. Maybe I need one of there used packs but you should never use a tampon that is too absorbent as it can get dangerous.
Price and Availabilty
These can be bought at almost every chemist and supermarket and some local stores too they retail for £3 for 20, and unfortunately due to the bad applicator, the none waterproof packaging and the below par tampon I do not think these are worth it.
2 dooyoo stars.
If you're squeamish (or a bloke that doesn't really fancy reading about tampons!) I suggest that you look away...! After of course, scrolling to the bottom and rating! ;-)
I much prefer using tampons as I think they're much more hygienic (although it's probably all in my mind!) and so much more convenient. I'm also only like this brand and this particular type! Having tried a few other brands, I've decided these are by far the best! Fussy?? Me???
Tampax compak come is boxes of different amounts depending on whether you have the regular absorbency or a variety of the others! I always just have the regular, which come in a box of 32. I think these boxes are a great size, as it lasts for a good 2/3 months. Although, the only thing I don't like about this size of box is the selling point down the side, where it says "Jumbo pack" down the side!! Now, ok, it's good value for money, I get it, but what's wrong with "Value pack" or similar!! I always find myself covering up the side whenever I'm in Tesco buying them! I just don't think that a box of tampons should have the word "jumbo" on them!
These come in individual packets, which are a kind of shiny papery stuff, which are vastly better than those which are in paper packets, because they don't rip in your bag like the other kinds do! Also, they are roughly half the size of others, as the applicator is stored collapsed and to apply, you just pull it out before applying. I think this is great and much better than those where the applicator is stored at full length. The size of these while in the packet means it will fit in your handbag regardless of whether it's a small going out bag or your work bag! Also, their small size means that you can easily pop them into a pocket when heading off to the ladies. Which brings me onto a funny tampon story (now there's a sentence I never thought I would write!) During the obligatory bag search in a club, a doorman looked in my friends back and went "aha! What's this then!!" and brandished a tampon aloft, the poor soul was mortified when she grinned and told him it was a tampon! I'm sure he thought he had uncovered some novel way of smuggling drugs into a club...!
Now, tampax tampons are sold with having a protective "skirt" which prevents leakage. Now this has never been a problem for me, however this could be a pretty useful feature if you tend to have this happening to you. The applicator on these tampons is plastic, which I guess is not the most environmentally friendly way of doing things, however, it's much easier and much more comfortable to apply than the similar glossy cardboard kind! One thing you need to be careful of though, when pulling the applicator back to the full length, make sure that the applicator is clear of the tampon, otherwise you'll find it rather uncomfortable. I tend to purchase these in Tesco or Boots while doing my cosmetics shop, although if I see them on offer in Asda (they quite often have them in a good offer, where I stock up!) I'll get them there. The normal price is £3.99, which can be a bit pricey on a limited budget, so keep an eye out for the offers!
When it comes to that time of the month (that I could usually do without!) I need protection that it easy, comfortable, discreet and reliable. My usual protection of choice is Tampax Compak - for me in the regular variety but they are also available in lites, super and super plus to suit different flows. There is also a multipack available which contains lites, regular and super - ideal for different times in your period.
The regular variety are packaged in a blue box with a yellow flash down the side. I buy a box of 20 tampons for around £2 - they are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.
I have always used Tampax but converted to their compak variety over their standard tampons for a couple of reasons. The first being that they are smaller (in length) so are much easier and discreet to carry and fit neatly into smaller bags and purses. The second reason is that the applicator is plastic rather than cardboard, which I find easier to position and use. The applicator is smoother and glides more easily than the cardboard version and I find it much easier to use. Lastly, the wrapper that the tampon is individually wrapped in is much more durable. The standard tampons have a paper wrapper which, although more discreet to open when in a public toilet, can tear in my bag and therefore not keep the tampon clean and sterile. The compak wrapper is plastic and, although more 'rustley' to open, withstands a lot more bashing around in my bag! It keeps in place well and protects the tampon.
The tampon itself 'gently expands to fit your body's shape and the built-in Protective Skir helps to prevent leakage'. Not only do I find the tampon easy and comfortable to apply, it is comfortable to wear. I have also never experienced any leakages. When wearing these I feel comfortable and confident - the most important things that I need from a tampon. They are very reliable and I would definitely recommend these to you (in the necessary absorbency for your flow!).
For me, the real advantage of these tampons is their size and shape and their discreteness. They suit a busy lifestyle and give you one less thing to worry about.
Please be warned, this review might not suit everyones tastes!
I only use regular tampons towards the end of my period on my lighter days, I don't like keeping a massive tampon in my handbag so buy these Tampax Compak to use for my handbag only.
--- Packaging ---
These tampons come in the normal Tampax cardboard box packaging. It's blue in colour with some parts in yellow showing that it is the regular absorbency inside the box.
Inside the box are 20 little yellow packages and also an information leaflet detailing how to use, how long to leave in and how to remove the tampons and also some information about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS for short) that is a rare illness that can sometimes be fatal.
--- Application ---
The tampons come inside a small yellow wrapper, remember the adverts that used to say they looked like sweets?! Well they don't! The wrapper is as simple to open as opening a bag of crisps. Once inside the wrapper the applicator has to be assembled. Just pull out the plastic tube inside the top part of the applicator and you are ready to rock. There is a small ridge in the plastic applicator that stops the end falling off like you find with normal full length tampon applicators.
The part of the applicator you insert into the vagina has soft ridges so you know where to place your fingers prior to inserting, and it gives you a good grip on the plastic tube. The plastic material that the applicator is made from means it is easy to just glide into the vagina and I have never experienced any discomfort when inserting. Once in place, just push the other end of the tube through and voila! It's done.
--- Comfort and removal ---
I only use these on the lighter, last few days of my period, I can leave one in comfortably for around 5 hours without any leaks. It is recommended that you leave a tampon in for anywhere between 4 and 8 hours, so regular suit me well for the last couple of days. I've never experienced any discomfort from these tampons and never usually feel like I have got one in.
Removal is easy as the string attached to the tampon is attached right at the very end so it goes all the way through the tampon so you aren't worried about pulling too hard on the string and it falling off. It has a nice thickness to it too, so its easy to get a good grip on it. I have never experienced any pain or discomfort from removing.
--- Overall ---
Tampax are available anywhere that sells feminine products of this type, supermarkets, corner shops, chemists... everywhere! They currently cost around £2 for a box of 20 tampons.
These Tampax Compak last me a long time as I only use them in my handbag on the last couple of days of my period, so sometimes I might not even have to use any during the duration of my period. They are easy to insert, comfortable, discreet and do what they are meant to do! I'd definitely recommend these for your handbag!
As a female, dealing with periods is just something that we have to do. I like them to pass as quickly and as easily as possible! I have used many different methods of dealing with menstrual blood and tampons are just one of them. These are one of my favourite methods though; simply because they are much more discreet and I feel more hygienic.
I paid £2.25 for a box of 20. They are available from supermarkets and pharmacies.
I like to use the Tampax compact by choice because of their size and the ease in which they insert.
Each tampon comes in shiny plastic wrapper that is yellow. Each different tampon absorbency has a colour. Regular flow is yellow and this is a common theme through different brands. Regular absorbency tampons hold from six to nine grams. Many women find that regular absorbency tampons are good for most of the days of their periods.
These tampons when wrapped are half the size of regular tampons because the plastic applicator is in two parts with one part stored inside the other. To use the tampon you pull the bottom part of the applicator out so it is full size. It seems to click into place. The plastic applicator has a little ridge so your fingers do not slip off. Each tampon is well made with the string knitted throughout the tampon.
I really like these tampons and find that because the applicators are made of plastic they slide in easily. I like the way they are small and easy to store, making them take up less room in your handbag or cupboard. Even though they do look a bit like sweets with their shiny wrapper!
The little ridge on the tampon applicator stops the tampon slipping around and makes the product easier to insert.
The tampons do exactly what they are supposed to and I find them comfortable to wear. The applicator is perfect sized and pops the tampon inside at the right height. The tampon fits to the curves of my body and is comfortable.
I know exactly how long I can leave the tampon in and find this brand really reliable. I would advise anyone who wants to try tampons to try this one as the plastic applicator makes the tampons one of the easiest to use.
*How to use*
* Remember to wash your hands before and after inserting and removing the tampon. * You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours
*Be sure to use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow.
*Always remove your used tampon before inserting a new one.
*Be sure to remove your last tampon at the end of your period.
*Tampons are designed to absorb menstrual flow only. Do not use a tampon in anticipation of your period or to absorb non-menstrual vaginal discharge.
*If you wish to use this product overnight, you may do so, provided that you insert a fresh tampon before retiring and remove it immediately upon waking. You should never wear a tampon for more than 8 hours to reduce the risk of TSS during your menstruation.
*Risks* Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious illness which can be fatal. It is caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus which is commonly found in the vagina. TSS can occur in men, women and children. Approximately one-half of TSS cases occur in women and girls during their menstruation and this menstrual TSS is associated with tampon use. Toxic shock syndrome can occur anytime during menstruation or shortly thereafter. It can rapidly progress from flu-like symptoms to a serious illness that can be fatal. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you must immediately:
*Seek medical attention
*Tell your doctor if you have been using a tampon and are concerned about TSS
If you had toxic shock syndrome once you can get it again. You should talk to your doctor before using tampons if you have had symptoms of TSS in the past.
*Ways to reduce the risks of TSS*
You can reduce the risk of menstrual TSS by using a sanitary pad instead of a tampon at least once each day during your period and by using the tampon with the minimum absorbency required to meet your needs. You can also essentially eliminate the risk of menstrual TSS by not using tampons.
I've always used sanitary towels before because I wasn't really comfortable using tampons and every time I'd tried to use them I just never seemed to be able to get used to them, but now I've found these I won't be going back!
I don't like non-applicator tampons because the idea of having to push them up with my finger and getting blood on my finger does not appeal, so having an applicator is a must. The applicator on these ones is made of smooth plastic which makes it very easy to insert. I like these ones over normal applicator tampons because of the compactness, it makes them much easier and less conspicuous to carry around.
You have to pull out the inner tube then push it back in once the applicator is in place to insert the tampon, and sometimes I find when the 2 tubes come together it can catch my skin which can be painful but that's just a case of having to be more careful!
The absorbency is good, obviously you have to select the right absorbency for your flow, but I find that the regular ones cope well for most days of my period whereas I've found with other brands that the regular ones were not absorbent enough and I was having to change them far too often. Only on particularly heavy days, or when I know I won't be able to change it for longer than usual do I find I need to use the super ones.
They expand sideways rather than lengthways and this stops any leakage which you can get with other tampons, but it does mean that if they are not saturated they are harder to remove, but it's not painful or anything.
They are more expensive than other tampons costing about £2.85 for a box of 20 but I usually stock up on mine when they're on offer and work out as better value.
I hadn't realised until recently just how much I rely on certain feminine products at certain times of the month. After having a bit of a problem with using another brand last month, I found out why I was so dedicated to the Tampax brand. I'm aware that periods and menstrual cycles can be a bit uncomfortable to talk about for some people, so I'll do my best to keep the graphic details down to a minimum!
For those of you who don't know, Tampax Compak are a girls answer to a more discreet tampon. They were designed to be able to fit easily into a handbag, purse, pocket or hand without being seen as we all know that flashing a tampon about isn't something we want to be doing! They come in 4 different absorbencies for heavier/lighter flows, but I'll only be reviewing the regular absorbency as they are the only ones I use.
Tampax Compak come in a recyclable cardboard box that is mostly blue in colour. There is an additional swirly design in yellow (the box has changed slightly from the picture above, but is still following the same colour scheme and is easily recognisable as the same product) but this design changes colour depending on the absorbency of the tampon inside. The front of the box simply states the brand and product name, along with the absorbency (regular - for a light to medium flow) and shows a small image of the tampon. This shows that applicator is retractable, therefore being able to be packaged more discreetly. We are also told that there 20 tampons in the box, and not to keep a tampon in for more than 8 hours. As with all tampon boxes, there are plenty of instructions, warnings and information all over the box, but I won't bore you with that as you can find it all on www.tampax.co.uk and this review is meant to be all about my opinion and experience!
Inside the box you will find a leaflet explaining exactly how to use the tampon, how to dispose of it and it will tell you the pros, cons and risks of using tampons. I recommend that you throughly read this leaflet if you are new to using tampons as there is some very useful information and tips given!
The tampons themselves come in small, yellow plastic wrappers (again with a swirly design) - these apparently look a lot like sweets to men as I've had both my boyfriend and his brother pull one out of my bag and ask what flavour it was! The plastic wrapper is easily ripped open (without any rustling - adding to the discreet part of the tampon) to reveal the applicator and of course the tampon inside.
The applicator is a pale yellow plastic and you can easily see the tampon inside. The applicator is made of two layers of plastic, one inner layer and one outer layer. To use the tampon you simply pull the inner tube of plastic down so that it covers the string, insert the applicator into your vagina and then push the inner tube back inside the outer tube of the applicator. This will push the tampon into place, leaving you with an empty applicator to discard. Simply wrap it back in the plastic and pop it in the bin.
Leaking and Shifting
Whilst using a Tampax Compak tampon, I have never had a problem with leaking or the tampon shifting out of place during the day. These tampons have been designed to be as leak proof as possible and have little protective 'skirts' (come on, you've ALL seen the adverts!) along with absorption channels that run through the middle of the tampon to ensure that the blood is absorbed directly into the tampon.
If you are inserting the tampon correctly, you shouldn't be able to feel it inside you once it is in place, ensuring maximum comfort. The string is also thin enough that you won't feel it, but sturdy enough that it won't break off of the tampon.
Swimming, Showering and Other Activities
I have used these tampons in the swimming pool, the shower, whilst dancing (shows, exams and in bars) and at gymnastics.
I have found no issues with the string absorbing water from the pool or shower and filling your tampon up with water causing you to leak like I have with other brands. I have also found the string is very well hidden, even in revealing dance costumes and bikinis. Again, dancing and gymnastics haven't been able to knock this tampon out of place.
The recommended maximum time to keep a tampon in is 8 hours, but I would recommend changing your tampon every 6 hours as if you are anything like me, you will feel a bit cleaner. To remove the tampon, simply tug on the string and out it pops. You then just flush it away in the toilet and replace it with another tampon.
As with all tampons, there is a risk of TSS, so make sure you are using them wisely to reduce the chances of this happening.
A box of 20 Tampax Compak will cost you anywhere between £2-£4 depending on where you buy them and what offers are on. Obviously, no one chooses to have a period so I think tampons should be free but £2-£4 every 2 months isn't really going to break the bank, so there is no issue with these being too pricey for me. If your period lasts longer than mine then you might go through a box a bit quicker than I would, but again, they aren't too pricey for the quality and quantity that you get.
Thank you very much for reading!
Being a woman and having periods, your monthly or being on the blob as some people call it...lol....can be an embarrassing time if your young, or you're at a special event or you're out and about and you don't want everyone to know that it's that time of the month. So discretion is very important!!
Tampax Compak help keep those could be embarrassing situations at bay!! The Compax range are a lot smaller, actually 2 times smaller than the regular sized tampons. They are wrapped in a yellow shiny wrapper instead of a paper wrapper and they are small enough to hide in your pocket, bag or hand.
Inside the box of 20 tampons you will find a leaflet which will advise you on different ways that you may insert the tampon correctly, it also tells you the absorbency of the tampon and therefore advising you how long before you need to change it. You should change the tampon every 4-8 hours depending on the flow of your period. The tampon has a smooth plastic application making it easier to insert. You pull the inner tube out and it will click once the applicator is correctly extended. The tampon has a rounded tip which also helps with insertion. Tampax claims that the tampon once inserted gently expands to fit the shape of your body and give full protection. The string is long enough to easily remove the tampon when it needs changing or removing. The leaflet also advises about Toxic Shock syndrome which you can get if you leave a tampon in too long!! But the leaflet will explain all.
I have been using these tampons for about 15 years now and have tried Boots own to save money but find Tampax are the best in comfort and protection. They do come in boxes of different quantities, you can purchase them in a box of 20 or 32. A box of 20 will cost you about £2.80-£3 and a box of 32 will cost about £4.
These applicator tampons are about £3 for 20, although they are also available in multi-packs and packs of other quantities as well.
They come in a bright yellow and deep blue patterned box (which can be recycled, making it better for the environment) with the Tampax Compak logo in white in the centre, adding more contrast. The packaging does look attractive, which is definitely saying something for a box of tampons!
Inside the box is the leaflet explaining the instructions for use, and also the precautions to take to avoid getting toxic shock syndrome (TSS) which you always get with tampons. The instructions are good for first time use.
The tampons themselves come in bright yellow packaging which can fit in the palm of your hand, and more importantly are discrete at around half the size or less of a "non-compak" applicator tampon, so can fit in your handbag or pocket etc. Inside the bright yellow wrapper is the plastic bright yellow applicator, containing the tampon. So there is a lot of packaging, but it is all needed to keep the tampons sterile (I would suggest using non-applicator tampons if you are very concerned about the environment). However, I do find the wrappers often open on their own whilst in pockets/handbags meaning you end up having a random unwrapped tampon floating around in it!
These tampons now have a skirt, which I have to admit I do find rather pointless as it seems to have no function at all! They are also available in a "fresh" version where they are slightly perfumed; another thing I find pointless and slightly concerning as surely some people could be sensitive to perfume in such areas!
These tampons are easy to insert, and the applicator doesn't usually come apart whilst doing it, unlike many of the cardboard variety. It is also not uncomfortable as the applicator is smooth. These tampons are also comfortable to wear and take out.
To conclude, I would recommend these tampons as they are very discrete and comfortable to insert and wear. Although they are expensive for tampons, the convenience of the size and comfort makes up for this.
Tampax: When I was at school this word could strike fear into all the boys. Squirming with embarrassment at the very utterance. Judging from my brother and my beloved, it?s still a taboo among our menfolk. But as women we need to share our experiences with these products, so if my review is going to offend you I suggest you just scroll to the bottom and click the ?Very Useful? box, and avert your eyes right now! ;-) (I?m kidding) The tampon I want to review is Tampax Compak Lites. There is no specific section for that one though, so I?m afraid I?ll just have to place it in the ?regular? section. But this should not be a problem- they are very similar; it is only the absorbency that differs. *** HOW TO USE A TAMPON *** Just in case you?re not familiar with a tampons I shall describe the process. To make sure I am going through this in the correct manner I shall quote from the website < www.tampax.com > and < http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/azhealthtopics/ht/How_Insert_Tamp.htm> as inserting a tampon can be difficult, and possibly dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. (1) The tampax compak is a tampon inside a plastic applicator. To begin, you extend the applicator to its full size. (2) There are several ways to insert a tampon (as long as you?ve got the correct ?entrance?!) the one that is probably the easiest is to sit on the toilet with your knees wide apart, and insert from there. Although you can also stand if you find that better. (3) Sorry Guys!? Point the tip of the applicator toward your vagina, facing slightly towards the back. The smaller tube should be pointed away from your body. Use your other hand to open your vagina. (4) Place the tip of the applicator at the opening of your vagina. Gently push the smaller end of the applicator in until it is completely inside the larger outer tube. (5) This pushes the tampon into your vagina and out of the tube. With your thu
mb and middle finger still on the outer tube, release the smaller tube and let the strings dangle freely. Gently pull the two tubes out together. *** WHAT?S UNIQUE ABOUT TAMPAX COMPAK?*** The plastic applicator of Tampax Compak makes the tampon a lot more comfortable to use than the cardboard applicators. As a woman, and a user of tampons for a few years now, I have no shame in offering my experiences up if they will help someone: I personally find the plastic applicator slides in much easier than the tampons of old. I have also heard that if you?re inexperienced, dabbing the tip with KY-Jelly will help slip the tampon in. They are also wrapped in a subtle way? You?d never know what was inside the little sachet. *** THE EXPERIENCE *** My periods are very light so I find compak lite absorbs everything for me. Although Sanitary towels are seen as a safer option, due to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome- linked to the use of tampons) there are times in a girl?s life when she needs to be fresh, and not look as if she?s wearing a nappy! It can be useful to wear a panty liner with a tampon if you fear you might have a heavy flow. And never leave in a tampon for more than 8 hours- it is dangerous I would recommend these to women out there buying tampons. The website www.tampax.com is very good for all your questions, and if you have any worries about their products or TSS you will most definitely find the answers there. Tampons enable us to carry on with our lives as normal during what is a somewhat uncomfortable and painful time. However, if there's no bin, the question has to be asked: Where do you put the plastic applicator when you finish!? Hope this review was informative for you all.
I hate having my period! This may seem a stupid thing to say as, well, who would enjoy it? But I REEEEEAAALLY hate mine and I'm always searching for something to make it easier so, despite seeing the latest advert for Tampax compak, I decided to give them a try. These tampons come in 3 ranges: regular, super and super plus. You can buy them separately at prices ranging from £2.35 for 16 (15p each) or multipacks of 24 for around £3.45 (14p each). I found the multipack was best for me as I got what I needed for the month, without filling my bathroom with millions of tampons. Compared to normal Tampax tampons they are about 6p per tampon more expensive, which over the space of an average woman's year would be an extra £86 just for buying the compak version of Tampax. Sounds a lot when I put it like that doesn't it? The packaging for Tampax Compak is quite discreet. Each box is tastefully decorated in pastel colours and is quite small. Soooo much better than the huge monstrosities in vivid colours I usually get, but as I'm not a shrinking violet buying one of life's necessities doesn't bother me too much. Each tampon is wrapped in plastic, which also is pastel and discreet. The Tampax Compak tampon is contained inside a plastic applicator, which is made of 2 tubes, one fitting inside the other. You need to extend it to its full size prior to insertion of the tampon. The tampons themselves are made of rayon, a natural fibre and have been used for 25 years by Tampax for their tampons. A string, made of cotton is sewn throughout the tampon making it almost impossible to come away. The tampon, in theory is very easy to use. However, as all things are in life, not as easy as advertised. The first thing to do of course is to wash your hands. This is vital to prevent TSS (which I'll deal with later). Remove the tampon from the wrapper and hold it with the cord hanging down. Pull the inner tube out till you
feel it comes to a stop at t he bottom of the outer tube. Find the grooved rings at the bottom of the outer tube. Use your thumb and middle finger to hold the applicator firmly on these rings. Be careful not to pull too far and pull the applicator totally apart. I have done this several times and this is where I feel the design is quite poor. I've checked with friends who have said it has happened to them, so I'm not a total idiot. Anyway, onwards! The removal cord should be hanging down from the inner tube and facing away from your body. Place the rounded tip of the tampon to your vaginal opening. Point the tip toward your lower back. This next bit may be quite difficult for those with hand mobility, as you need to be a bit dextrous to do this. You have to keep hold of the outer applicator tube and with your index finger, push the smaller tube all the way into the bigger tube (make sure you can't push further). One tube is now inside the other. Or that's the theory anyway. As you can tell my first experience of using Compak wasn't great, as your applicator falling into pieces isn't the best thing to happen. I removed the tampon from the holder and used it as I would a non-applicator tampon. This is something that seriously annoys me, as I would buy non-applicator tampons if that was what I wanted. (I don't like any mess,euugh) I have mixed feelings about the packaging and applicator. On the good side they are discreet and will stay in your handbag without falling apart like the paper wrapped type. The bad side is that only the tampon is biodegradable. Instead of being able to flush the whole thing, as I normally would, I had to put the wrapper and applicator in the bin. I don't consider this to be particularly hygienic and I prefer a green (ish) policy in my household. The absorbency is the same as I would expect from a normal Tampax tampon but they are more uncomfortable t
o use. Firstly, plastic will never give as easily as cardboar d. Secondly, the applicator can (according to a nameless friend) catch the skin or hair around the vagina. This can be quite ... erm.... painful. Yes, that's the delicate way of putting it. I won't be continuing to use Tampax Compak. I feel, for me, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Maybe if I worked I would buy them for my handbag, but as I'm usually huddled under a blanket with a vast quantity of chocolate when it's "That time of the month" it doesn't bother me how discreet they are. One risk of using tampons is an increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious illness. It is caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus which is commonly found in the nose and vagina. TSS can occur in anybody. Approximately one-half of the cases occur in menstruating women and girls. Menstrual TSS is associated with tampon use. It is more likely to occur in teenage girls and women under 30 than in older women. Early recognition and treatment of the symptoms are important. (This information has been taken from the Tampax website) And guys... please note! These aren't sugar and you may get a shock if you drop one in your tea!
Tampax Compak tampons have been created to provide the same reliable Tampax protection in a very discreet way: Easy and comfortable to insert with its smooth plastic applicator and a rounded tip. Easy to carry with its unique discreet compact applicator.