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These are my tampons of choice for the first one or two days of my period, when my flow can be quite heavy. I have used various sanitary products over the years, favouring tampons to towels, but the tampons I have used have generally tended to be from Tampax. They have a variety of different types and absorbencies to choose from though so, via trial and error, I have picked the ones that suit me best.
I like these compak tampons as they are much smaller in size than their regular tampons and therefore easier to store and more discreet to carry around in my handbag. They do cost slightly more than the regular tampons - £2.71 for a box of 20 at Tesco (however at the moment they are on a 3 for 2 offer which makes them a bit better value) whereas the regular applicator tampons are £1.99. Therefore I tend to buy a box of these for my handbag supplies and a box of the cheaper ones for my bathroom cabinet.
They come in a cardboard box with the tampons packed loosely but neatly inside. They are each wrapped individually in a green plastic wrapper that can be a little 'rustley' when opened, so not the most discrete of tampons. The applicator is a light green plastic and the bottom part needs to be pulled out before applying. The applicator is quite thick owing to the thickness of the tampon as it is a high absorbency but I still find it comfortable to apply. Once in position, the bottom of the applicator can be pushed in to leave the tampon in place and then the applicator is removed. I find application to be quick, easy and comfortable.
The tampon itself is comfortable to wear and very absorbent. It copes well with my heaviest flow protecting me without any leaks. The tampon is designed with a 'skirt' at the bottom for added protection and this works well. The tampons are said to give up to 8 hours protection and, whilst I don't use them for this long without changing them myself, I have no doubt that this claim is accurate. After around 4 hours I change mine and they usually seem to have plenty of absorbency left in them. I find them to be reliable and I have every confidence when wearing them that I will not suffer any leaks. Overall, these are good tampons for heavy flow days and their design makes them great for carrying in even the smallest of handbags.
There are a wide variety of sanitary protection available in the market so I thought it as only fair that I review my favourite the Tampax Compak.
The thing that makes this tampon different is it size as the application is tucked into itself and you just pull out the lower half to make it into a regular applicator. This means it takes up very little room and is extremely discreet. I find it very easy to fit into my smallest handbags and even into my jeans pocket. Each tampon comes individually wrapped in a discreet green wrapper which although is easy to remove when you want to use it takes firmly on otherwise. I have never had any problems with the wrapper coming off my accident even when it has been bounced around in my handbag.
As I menioned eaerlier to use you just have to pull the lower part of the applicator down to turn it into a regular applicator and insert as usual. Just be careful not to pull over zealously so the two parts seprate. I have done this a couple of times but it has been straight forward to reassemble the applicator. As for effectiveness I would say they are great I have never had any accidents when using them for day to day activities such as shopping and running around work and they have even coped with slightly more exotic actvities such as scuba diving. T
As a leading brand name you should be able to find these tampons at all the usual stockists. If you want to save some money then the larger boxes do workout cheaper and you may wish to use these for when you are out and about and have a box of regular applicators at home. A box of 20 costs around £3.15 in Boots but nearer £3 in Llyods and the jumbo pack of 32 costs around £4.15. Do look around as sometimes there are deals on buying more such as the current one in Boots. A great little tampon so 5 stars from me.
Being a woman in my 40's I have tried many sanitary products over the years. With most items I am not brand loyal but with my Tampax I am.
Now Tampax is a brand from the wonderful people at Proctor and Gamble . During the war they actually produced large amounts of wound dressing for the military.
Its a square box which has bright green and blue squares on it, with the words Tampax in large white fonts. Now you have to find out first which size is best for yourself, which does depend on your flow. Now the sizes available are Lites, Regular, Super and Super Plus. Now on the bottom of the box in the right hand size you will see the size. So please make sure you get the right ones.
Here is a absorbencie chart
Tampax Compak is available in the following absorbencies:
LITES < 6 g.
REGULAR 6 - 9 g.
SUPER 9 - 12 g.
SUPER PLUS 12 - 15 g.
I have got the lites one before now and it wasn't a good experience.
Now inside the packet there is a sheet containing all the information you need to know. This is really worth reading if this is your first time at using the product, or you are worried about something. It also tells you about Toxic Shock Syndrome which is was originally linked to the use of tampons. Each tampon is individually wrapped and with it being the compact size, about the size of your thumb. Unwrap the packaging and you will have a sturdy blue applicator with the string at the top. Place into position make sure it doesnt make you feel comfortable and gently push the applicator to release the tampon. Now once used, you are not supposed to flush down the toilet which I admit i have done before now.
The compact range hasn't been going for that long but they are now the only ones I will use. What I like about this product as it fit neatly in my hand and is very discreet. I don't want to take my big bulky bag to the toilet with me everytime I go.
Can be found in most supermarkets.
Unfortunately, being a woman means that you have to put up with a certain monthly 'friend'. Tampax compak are by far the best tampons I have used to deal with my rather heavy monthly friend.
They come in a square cardboard box that is brightly coloured in green and blue. There are 20 tampons in this size of box and they are designed to deal with a heavy flow. They come in little green plastic packages. There is also an information leaflet in the box about how to insert them, how long you can leave them in for and about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Due to the applicator that these tampons come in, I find them easy to insert, with no discomfort. They last me around 4 hours before they need changing when my flow is at its heaviest and I find I do have to team them up with a Sanitary Towel or Panty Liner at night encase of any leaking. The tampon is also easy to remove, just pull gently on the lengthy cord and it should slip out with ease. I have never had any trouble with being able to feel the tampons when they are inserted.
You can buy these from all supermarkets and beauty shops. They retail for £2.98 for a box of 20 which is expensive compared to a shops own brand, but they are definitely worth the money for a hassle free, confident period.
Please be warned this review might be quite graphic.
If you are a woman it is inevitable that needing products of this nature is going to be a certainty, unfortunately. If you are a man, I'm sorry about this review but you may have to go and pick up a product of this sort for your lady friend in an emergency!
I usually buy the economy pack of Tampax super tampons, but they arent very transportable, so I also buy these Tampax Compak just to keep in my handbag, the are a lot smaller!
--- Packaging ---
These tampons come in the normal Tampax packaging, a big square cardboard box, brightly coloured in blue and green to symbolize the 'super' flow. It seems that for all tampon brands the green colour also symbolizes the 'super' element. Inside the box is the information leaflet and 20 small green packages.
The information leaflet contains information about how to insert the tampon, how long it should last and more importantly information about TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), a rare infection that can affect tampon users.
--- Application ---
To insert these tampons just undo the green plastic wrapper its as simple as it is to open a bag of crisps! Inside the packaging is the tampon in the applicator, the applicator is sort of hidden inside itself with the part that you actually push located inside, simply pull this out until it is at full length. Then you are ready to go! A good thing I've found about pulling the inside applicator part out is that it never pulls out too far,. With normal full length tampons, sometimes the part you push gets lost undoing the wrapper, but I haven't come across that problem with these.
The top part of the applicator has soft grooves in the plastic meaning its easy to find where to place your fingers prior to inserting. The smooth plastic material of the applicator makes it really easy and more importantly, comfortable to insert. Then just push the other part of the applicator and bam, its in! After pulling the applicator back out, I tend to place it inside the wrapper and place it into a bin, I think it leaves the bin looking nicer than seeing an applicator sitting in there in all its glory!
--- The rest of the experience ---
Once the tampon is in place, I've never had any feeling of being uncomfortable or being in any pain. I never notice its there normally!
I use two different absorbencies of tampons, super throughout most of the period then onto regular for the last two lighter days as it wears off. The super absorbency suits me well, I can leave the tampon in for a good 4-5 hours without any leaking at all, during the night this is quite tricky and I usual team it up with a sanitary towel (adult nappy!) just incase I don't wake in the night to wee and change it.
Once you are done with the tampon it is very easy to remove as the cord is long enough not to have to fish it out of any cracks or crevasses, and it is strong so you aren't afraid your are going to pull too hard and yank it off. I've never experienced any discomfort or pain from removing.
I'd definitely recommend these tampons, they are discreet to keep in handbags and do the job they are meant to do well!
If my friends were asked to describe me, I think I would be universally known as a "make do and mend" type pf person, with most of things I have to buy for myself being the cheaper branded items, thus (hopefully!) ensuring there is a few more pennies to be spent on my families needs (and wants!).
One of those things are my monthly friends (ie tampax!), feeling that for a product that gets flushed away there is no real need to spend a fortune on them, thus resulting in me mostly using the shops own branded one's.
I do however find that on occasion these are on a special offer, thus affording myself a few luxuries, with the brand I will now review for you being my latest!
The product in question is - "Tampax compak".
I have to say I tried these many moons ago when getting caught short when on holiday, and thankfully my friend was prepared for hers, just incase, and gave me a box of hers.
After deciding that I really liked them I actively went to buy a box and was horrified at how much dearer they were than my normal brand (there was nearly £2.00 difference), and reverted (very quickly!) back to my shops own brand.
After spying these on offer recently I jumped at the chance of having them again, in fairness these are far superior to my normal choice, so I did stock upon them too.
The box itself contains 20 singularly wrapped tampax and applicator tubes, all self contained, and are wrapped in what the manufacturers must deem as being discreet packaging, though bright green is far from being invisible!
There is all the relevant information on the box, brand name, product name, absorbency levels, with the corresponding details so you use the right one, usage time and a whole paragraph (with pictures!) on how this particular brand of tampax differs from the rest, with these supposedly having absorption channels, v opening (meaning they spread at the top end of the tampax, meaning less chance of leakage) and a skirt!
Now I am not entirely convinced with the idea of the skirt part, it is supposed to catch anything that gets past the rest of the tampax, but to me it is just a flap of cotton material, not really making any difference to my experience of them anyway!
When I come to use one, you simply unwrap the applicator (the wrapper shouldn't be flushed, and should be used as a wrapping for the used applicator tube, as this is non-flushable too), which ill reveal the tube in it's "compak" state.
To use you pull the inner tube out, with that being the applicating part.
I will not go through the gory details of how to insert, but needless to say the tube is smooth enough to be used without any friction, but also has a small textured part around the middle, which also stops it from slipping out of grip.
When the inner tube has been completely depressed the tampax is in the correct position, so when the tube is taken out the tampax has been cleanly and correctly inserted.
The tube then has to be wrapped up and thrown away into the rubbish, that to me is the downside of the product, these are made from plastic but can obviously not be recycled as it would be deemed as clinical waste, so unlike the cardboard tubed one's these are much more of a drain on the environment, but on the other hand the cardboard one's are not as rigid and can go soft before being effectively used, so swings and roundabouts!
There are guidelines on the box itself as to timings of use, but in fairness if your someone that suffers with heavy menstrual cycles these can be very hit and miss, at the beginning of my cycle I can change my tampax around 6 times day, and at the end twice a day only, though if this is the case you should refer to the guidelines mentioned, as the disease "toxic shock syndrome" can be contracted through tampon wearing, so it is advised to always wear the lowest absorbency for your flow.
When the tampon is removed the string is still securely sewn through the centre of it, so I have never had an issue with the string becoming loose in any way, and as these are cotton rolls with a covering around them, they are not going to shred and come away inside you, which I have had happen to me before (not with this brand though) and is not very pleasant at all!
Price wise these were purchased for £2.00 a box, and these would last me almost an entire cycle, so at that price is good value.
A full price however these are closer to the £3.50 mark, which is a considerable difference, not much you may say, but to me a fair amount when trying to buy for a 2.4 family!
These are at the higher end of the female "must haves" list, and will be stock pilling the next time they are offer!
Thanks for reading x
This is for WOMEN only ha-ha...
I have been using Tampax Compak for a few years now and I seriously would never go with any other brand! They are so fantastic...This is going to be a happy review now I have made my rant about Loreal!
What are they?
These are super tampons, no they are not huge! They are just the perfect size to fit in your hand bag/ back pack etc...They are easy and comfortable to insert and they have a smooth applicator which makes the process better.
They are easy to carry around unlike the larger Tampax. They are effective and discrete- very lady like!
They gently expand to fit the shape of your body and this will not be felt!
I am sure most ladies know about TSS- Toxic Shock Syndrome- this can be caused from wearing a tampon for longer than 8 hours and it also happen if you are allergic to these.
They have a protective skirt, a retractable applicator and absorption channels!!
They are suitable for medium flow which is usually around 9-12g. You can buy these from supermarkets, some bargain shops and health and beauty stores. They come in packs of 8, 20, 32 and lots more. They are usually around the £3.00 mark for a 20 pack.
*You can't feel them when they are inside.
*They keep you feeling fresh unlike sanitary towels!
*Not too expensive
*Worth it because they are good quality, easy to insert and use, keep away any odour and reduce leaks.
*Only bad point is there are cheaper alternatives but they are not as good in my opinion.
Just make sure you change them often and don't leave them in for longer than the recommended time. Obviously don't insert if you are not on your period!!
5/5 I will never choose and alternative unless I have to!
These tampons have been designed to be subtle and to be small enough to fit into your handbag when it's that time of the month.
These are the tampons that I absolutely swear by. The Tampax Super tampons are incredibly absorbent and hence very useful when you need them to be. They come in cute individual wrappers too which is handy and they are definitely much more discreet than the standard size Tampax tampons.
The applicator that comes with these tampons is smooth and makes them very easy and comfortable to insert.
Although more expensive than other brands and than supermarket brands, these tampons are undoubtedly worth spending a few extra pence on.
The Tampax Compak Super tampons are most recommended for heavier flows and it is always recommended that you use the size of tampon that is suitable for your flow.
Overall, I feel that these tampons are an excellent product and are an essential item for all ladies!
These applicator tampons are about £3 for 20, but they are also available in multi-packs and packs of other quantities as well. As they are a "super" absorbency, they are suitable for more "heavy" flow, mainly at the beginning of your period.
The outer packaging is a green and deep blue patterned cardboard box, making it better for the environment as it is suitable for recycling, with a white Tampax Compak logo in the centre, adding more contrast. The packaging does look attractive and appealing, which made me more inclined to purchase the product!
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 green plastic packaging which can fit in the palm of your hand, and more importantly are very 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 green wrapper is the plastic bright green 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 come 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 built in, which 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 quite easy to insert, but as they are bigger than the regular variety, can be quite difficult if it's your first time using tampons. The applicator doesn't usually come apart whilst inserting, unlike many of the cardboard variety. It is also not too uncomfortable (although, if it's your first time using tampons it may be a little) as the applicator is smooth. These tampons are also comfortable to wear and take out. However, if you are using tampons for the first time, I would suggest using the regular variety to get used to, before moving onto the bigger "super" variety.
To conclude, I would recommend these tampons as they are very discrete and comfortable to insert and wear, but if it's your first time I would recommend Tampax Compak Regular. Although they are expensive for tampons, the convenience of the size and comfort makes up for this.
I think any tampon with an appicator is worth a go.....not into the whole non applicator experience.....sorry boys....but its not a nice experience.
Now, I can't really comment on cost of these, as they seem to differ from shop to shop....offer to offer. I Never every buy feminine items unless on offer, I know I am gonna use them....I sort of know when, given this biological maths, its a no brainer, buy on special. Last time I got them, I bought in Boots 2 packs of Super for £4.oo.....16 per box.
I have always been drawn to these, as they are so small. They are only just bigger than the non applicator versions on sale. The plastic applicator is about 1 cm bigger than the tampon itself. It is a 2 peice applicator, one inside the other. As soon as one pulls out the smaller internal telescopic applicator from the outer applicator it snaps into place creating one large 'conventional' tampax
From a protection point of view, they are good. No different from the bigger version. However, I still have the odd miss-hap...but thats just me and mine.......they are good. I will say, as the applicator is smooth plastic, on heavier days of your period, it is a little slippy, thus making it really difficult to get the actual tampon in...sorry for the graphic bit, but its important!!! I have wasted about 2 tampons per cycle because I have gaffed up the application. Given they are around £2.00 per 16, this is not insignificant!
The main negative for me is the plastic wrapper. Its advertised to look like a discreet sweet. It looks like a tampon, but if anyone has issues with this.....then get a grip. Its clean, tidy, discreet and compact. But it is prone to splitting if in the sidw pocket of my handbag....not a high usage area of my handbag....its where I keep the odd tampax, maybe a lipgoss etc.....I am left with a free and easy non wrapped tampax..not great.
Overall. My conclusion is have these as spares in the bathroom cupboard. Get regular sized cheaper Tampax for the bathroom and slipping into the every day normal size bag full of bits and bobs. If you are off on a night out and have limited space, or off on holiday, buy the small great compacts that are a bit slippy and a bit 'need to be free' packaging.
Tampax have a come a long way from the ones available when I had my first period some 25 years ago.
My memory of early applicator Tampax was two carboard tubes with no rounded tip that were very awkward to to insert so I switched to non-applicator Tampons with thier kind round tips, but that's all changed now with regular Tampax with it's cardboard tubes and rounded tip and Tampax Compak with it's plastic rounded end tubes.
So here is my little review of the little Tampax Compak.
The Packaging is bright with the usual Tampax blue with a splash of colour which is absorbency specific.
Purple = Lites
Yellow = Regular
Green = Super
Orange = Super Plus
Inside the box you get a Guide to Tamax Compak and a warning on TSS and a full list of symptoms.
The tampons themselves are in bright coloured packs to match their absorbency rating once inside the wrapper you find a small plastic applicator again coloured to suit absorbency.
To Be able to insert the tampon you need to fully extend the applicator so it almost doubles in size once this is done you are ready to use it (providing you've washed your hands first).
The two key factors to inserting a Tampon (applicator or not) are to find a position you find comortable and to Relax.
The positions listed in the Tamapx Guide are sit on the loo with your knees wide apart or stand with your knees bent and legs apart, or stand with one leg on the toilet.
Personally I find sitting on the loo with my knees apart or the having one leg in a higher position comfortable and therefore relaxing but each to thier own.
Again straight from the guide the next steps.
"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. The removal cord should be hanging down from the inner tube and facing away from your body. Use your other hand to fold back the skin that covers the opening of your vagina. Place the rounded tip of the tampon to your vaginal opening. Point the tip towards your lower back.
Remember your vagina slopes towards the bottom of your back, not straight up. Take a few breaths and then gently push the applicator in the vagina. As soon your fingers touch your body, the applicator is in the right place. If the applicator doesn't slide in easily, gently rotate it or move it to the right or left as you push.
Keep hold of the applicator tube. 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.
Carefully remove the 2 tubes. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you, with the removal cord hanging outside your body.
To dispose of the plastic applicator, use the wrapper as a disposable bag. Do not flush it as it is made of plastic.
When you REMOVE the tampon, relax and pull the removal cord downwards at the same angle as you used to insert the tampon. The preferred way to dispose of the tampon is to wrap it and place it in a bin."
The guide as you can see can make something that is quite simpe seem very complicated.
The removal cord itself is a woven cord without a knott in the end.
If you want a Applicator tampon that is small enough to carry several in your handbag then Tampax Compak is the one for you, they are easy to insert and remove and they are available in wide range of absorbencies.
I like these- all the compact products are good, and I use most of them at some point.
I like them as they are small and convienient to carry, I also find them easier to use then the non compact types as these have plastic applicators and not the cardboard ones which can thus mean its smother and easier to use these quickly.
The dont take up too much space in my bag and as they have a sheep plastic wrapper, I am less afraid they will pick up germs or miniscule particles will seep through as in my mind they can with the paper wrappers of regular tampax products.
The down points are that they are expensive, they do have an incrediable amount of landfill waste as they are plastic and no coated cardboard, and they still need a case before you put them in your bag as they have a habit of tearing open in your bag and rising to the top them falling out of the bag while you look for your bus pass/oyster card when getting on a bus/tube/train.
Well this has to be one of the scariest review I have ever done. During a slightly drunken conversation my friend commented that there is not enough said or written about womens Menstrual products. Being an idiot I made a very off the cuff remark that it would not bother me to do a review on this. Well then, came back the comment put your money where your mouth is. So here goes.
Going back a very very long time ago, on my 12th birthday, the presents I got were a new top, money, shoes, earrings and my first period. The first time I saw it I felt like I was going to die. Although my parents had been very open with me, nothing ever prepares you for your first time. To make things worse my mum had gone out and my dad was the only one in the house. Being the only daughter, this was also hard on my poor old dad. I told him in graphic detail, between sobs what had happened and he went racing off to the chemist. He came back with a large carrier bag full of period related items. Included in this was Tampax. I was horrified at the thought of them and put them straight in the bin. It took me another 3 years to start using them. I was on Holiday in a hotel room in Kenya with no other option than to use them and have never looked back since.
For a young girl the thought of inserting anything that looks like a lump of hard cotton wool is not an easy thing to do. These day Tampax are a lot more user friendly. You still get the large very obvious looking ones. My earliest memory of these are moving into a very posh neighbourhood and my 2 year old brother opening a box of mums Tampax. He then came in to the garden. My mum and dad were talking to our new neighbours. Give me a light Dad he shouted while holding the Tampax in his fingers like a cigarette. I have never seen my father move so fast.
Today we have the Tampax compak. These are a lot smaller , about 4-5 inches and look like an unopened sachets of sugar. They are made of an absorbent natural cotton and/or rayon.
Tampax are owned by Proctor and Gamble. They bought the company in 1997 from a company in American called Tambrands Inc. Tampax has been around for over 50 years and is known as the biggest name in womens menstrual products.
They come in four different sizes:
Lites: These are in a purple and blue box. They are for a light flow of less than 6g. Mainly recommended for young girls or at the end of your period. 16 per pack.
Regular: These are in a Yellow and blue box. They are for a normal flow of 6-9g and can be used throughout your period. 16 per pack
Super: A green and blue box this time. For 9-12g flow. Most people I know tend to use these ones. 16 per pack.
Super-plus: An orange and blue box. These are for a very heavy flow of 12-15g. 16 per pack.
The other products Tampax do are: A Tampax multipack (Lites, regular and super in one box for different times of your period). 24 per pack, The Tampax normal range with the old style applicators and Tampax compak fresh, tampons that are slightly scented
Tampax Compak are small light and easy to use. A smooth plastic applicator that is pulled out and ready to use makes them easy to insert. Relaxing before putting them in makes it a lot easier. They then expand in side the female as they absorbe the liquid (I am trying not to upset anyone here). Tampax make it easier for a women or girl to go about her daily routine without worrying about a pad showing or (sorry lads) leaking. I like to go swimming and I could not do this with a pad. The new Compak now comes with a protective skirt at the bottom. All tampons should be changed every 4-8 hours. Each pack contains a very good instructional leaflet, that tells you exactly how to use them and answers a few embarrassing questions in a very easy to understand way.
One thing not to forget. All tampons can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). This is rare but can be fatal. It is caused by bacteria that occur in the vagina. It mainly affects teenage girls and young women under 30. The symptoms are:
If this does happen remove the tampon immediately and seek medical attention.
Tampax can be bought in any major supermarket, chemist and sometimes corner shops. The prices do vary but I get mine from Asda at £1.95 for 16. All sizes are the same. I would use a whole pack (sometimes more) per period.
In conclusion, I could never go back to using pads I have now heard about a product that is called the mooncup, that is also for periods but I know very little about it.). These tampons are discrete, easy to use and once in you do not know they are there (no smart comments on that one please). I would recommend all women to try them as they make one of the most difficult things about being a woman just a bit easier.
Thank you for being brave enough to read this.
I was impressed with the "compak" tampax tampons. I have always been a fan of the applicator tampon. Mainly because I find they insert more accurately (women know what I am talking about). I also prefer to use an applicator rather than my fingers (just a personal choice).
In the past I have found that the original tampax tampons with the paper wrapper and cardboad applicator can get destroyed when they are rolling around in your handbag or nappybag etc.
So, in that respect, I found the new plastic packaging far more hard wearing. You can just chuck them in your bag and know that the packaging is not going to rip.
Also they are more compact in size which means they are easier to conceal in you bag / wallet etc. (This is important to younger tampon users). As a teenager I found it hard to hide the big long tampon in my hand as I was going to the toilets at school!!!!!!!
Anyway, I think it's great that tampax have come up with the more compact version. However, for some reason I am finding them hard to get at most supermarkets. They seems to be stocking the orginal ones still.
I also wish they didn't COST so much.........
If you are of a squeamish nature you probably wont want to, or indeed if you are of the school of thought that would rather die than admit that they exist. What am I talking about? Well periods of course. There, I said it and probably lost half of my readers already, particularly the men amongst you. For those that are still here, if you are sitting comfortably, then I'll begin and I promise I'll try not to be too graphic! I started my period this morning. It didn't unnerve me, or disgust me and I was expecting it. Well, most of us girls have periods and since we have progressed from the days where you wouldn't leave the house because of the shame, I guess it's Ok for me to talk about it. So, my weapon of choice for battling life at this time of the month is Tampax Compak. It's actually a source of great amusement to all my friends as they see me as some kind of tampon snob. Maybe they're right but I think that a girl is entitled to what she prefers in these matters! So, how did I become a Compak fan? Well, it probably started when I was an inquisitive toddler. I don't remember this incident, but has been retold a countless number of times so I may as well share it with you. As the story goes, I found a box of mrsbrowneyedmum's Lil-lets in the bathroom drawer. Questioning what they were, and probably being far too young to be told the truth, I was instead told that you put them in the bath to make it smell nice. You can see what's coming can't you? Yes, a few days later I am discovered floating in the batch besides the remainder of the aforementioned Lil-lets box and complaining profusely about the lack of pleasant scent coming from them! The embarrassment factor of this plus all the stigma assigned to them at school* was enough to put me off Lil-lets for life! *(As I recall, "Ugh! Girls who use their fingers are lesbians!" which no matter how ridiculous it seems no
w, was a real fear at the time!) Going back to school there was also a stigma attached to sanitary towels. Looking back on it now, I can see how crazy the whole thing was but at the time they were very real issues. As I recall the general consensus of opinion was that there was something very grown up and 'in' about tampons. Indeed I suppose tampons were fashionable thus making towels very unfashionable! I think what finally swung it for me was our school visit from the Tampax lady! This poor soul had to take an assembly of around 200 boisterous 13 year old girls, who were all out to prove that they were grown up enough to talk about 'lady's things' when indeed we weren't! As you can imagine there was a lot of blushing, giggling and close-inspections of our own shoes! At the end of the talk, the Tampax lady gave out a little freebie pack containing some information leaflets, a trial pack of Tampax applicator Mini tampons and the 'piece de resistance': the Tampax holder! The holder came in 2 colours: navy or pink and somewhat resembled a pocket torch of the time. Well, it was the 90s, things really weren't that small then! Anyway, the device not only served to hold 2 tampons neatly and safely but also had the added bonus of thoroughly embarrassing any boy that picked it out of your bag and went 'ooh, cool torch' before flipping the lid and revealing the Tampax! Good memories...;) Tampax also had a name advantage, as their brand name is so similar to tampon that it frequently gets used as the generic name for tampons. I suppose it's a similar thing to the use of the brand name Hoover instead of vacuum cleaner. Anyway, time moves on and as a brand, so have Tampax. The late 90s saw a huge rise in competition between brands meaning any product had to be harder, faster, stronger, cleaner, more powerful etc than it's competitors. This time also saw the start of advertising san
itary products on television, mush to the dismay of the general public. I mean, who really cares if Claire Rayner does it 'with wings'? Anyway, this competitive time led to innovations in tampons (oh yes, it's true!) and the introduction of the Compak tampon. Compak was originally marketed as a discreet alternative to the standard applicator tampon, which was effectively the area where Tampax were losing out to brands like Lil-lets. You see, the Compak has an applicator but it is cleverly retracted to be half it's actual size. To use the Compak, you slide the inner part of the applicator out of the outer section until it clicks into place, and becomes the normal length of an applicator. I had to try them. It was quite an exiting thing really. Up until then there had been little if any innovations in tampons and I sure as hell wasn't going to miss out on that one! So, what did I think? Well if you were ever going to cringe during the op, this is the moment, but I discovered that the Compak were smoother and easier to insert than the traditional cardboard applicator Tampax. You see the Compak has a plastic applicator with a closed-end, making it much nicer to use. I apologise to the boys - I'm sure you didn't want to think about this! The only real disadvantage of the Compak applicator is the fact that you can't flush it down the loo. This was a little bit of a drawback in my eyes but as I recall the cardboard ones never flushed well. Maybe this has changed now, but in the days when I was using them, you would often return to the toilet to find the applicator floating in the toilet bowl, happily unwrapping itself! Compaks come individually wrapped in a plastic pack, as opposed to the paper ones of the cardboard applicator Tampax, so it's easy to pop the used applicator bag in it's pack and dispose of it in a bin. Incidentally, inserting the tampon causes the applicator to retract back
to its original size which means it's just as discreet to dispose of. Now, you must have all seen the Compak advert where the guy asks his girlfriend if he can have one of the 'sweets' she has lying in her room. Of course, they aren't sweets at all, they are Tampax Compaks. This kind of reminds me of the torch tale I told you earlier and indeed maybe that's what is going on in schools now! I'm not sure they are small enough to be mistaken for sweets but they will certainly fit into the palm of your hand. One important thing that I should mention is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). As with all tampons, Compak can trigger this very serious condition. I wont go into more details as it's the wrong category and I'm sure all you ladies know as much, if not more, than me about the subject. I just though I should point it out as a consideration. And bringing us to a close I must point out the final disadvantage of the product which is unfortunately the price. Compak costs around £2.50 for a pack of 16 compared to around £1.70 for the equivalent amount of cardboard applicators. I feel that it's worth paying the extra for and I always watch out for offers on Compaks. Boots often do 'buy 2 get one free' and Safeway regularly knock £1 off the price of a pack so keep your eyes peeled and stock up when they are cheap - they wont go off! Well, there we have it! Thanks for sticking it out this far. As a little treat I'll tell you about the website: http://www.tampax.co.uk/ It's full of more information about the whole Tampax range and you can sign up for a free Compak sample and see if you too become accustomed to the finer things in life...;)
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