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I've struggled ridiculously from the age of 13 with everything period related: migraines, vomiting, contraception, pains, sanitary products, etc. You name it I've had issues with it. I started my period at 13 and like most, initially opted for sanitary pads. Shortly after starting my period I developed migraines, related to my menstrual cycle. The migraines were that bad I developed pins and needles in my arms, black floaters in my eyes to the point I couldn't see straight and I used to vomit every time I moved.
After several unsatisfactory trips to see my GP, he reluctantly suggested I begin contraception. Unfortunately, due to my migraines, I was unable to take the most common type of pill, so I opted for the injection. The migraines stopped and the so did the majority of my periods. This was manageable with sanitary pads until I went to University and it was difficult to get home to arrange three monthly appointments. This was when I had my first implant fitted and it wasn't until my 5th year of having the implant that my periods picked up again - only this time lasting three weeks at a time.
This was when I realised that sanitary pads were not going to be an option. I've used various different tampons and find that the Tampax Pearl is the best. I've marked this as 4 out of 5 stars simply as they are very expensive, especially if you don't buy them whilst they are on offer. I do resent buying expensive feminine hygiene products as they are taxed as an 'luxury item' - it clearly must be a man who came up with that idiotic rule? Another negative of this product is the plastic waste that is left behind - far more than paper alternatives or the tampons you insert yourself. Using the Tampax Pearl applicator is far more hygienic and clean. The tampons can hold a lot of blood, making it far less likely for leakages to happen.
I ultimately decided that three week periods weren't for me and moved over to the Zeletta pill, a relatively new pill with limited reviews. Let me put it this way, three months using this pill was enough to send me slightly mental and to incur a weight gain of 9lbs.
Although the pill stopped my periods completely, which is always a bonus, I would of probably lost my partner and friends from being a lil' crazy. So I've ditched the contraception and will probably have to deal with paying up to £3 for Tampax Pearl tampons for the foreseeable future.
Tampons are not the most agreeable of things on but, for a big percentage of the population they're a necessary expense to spend cash.
I really ceased using Tampax branded tampons a few years ago when I started trying more inexpensive choices and was surprised to find that supermarket own brands may not be equally as false as Tampax. These tampons that were brand new were definitely marketed in a younger more trendy girl than myself. How do you understand? Knocking off and also several white lies about how frequently myself go out and, abruptly, I had been not ineligible to get a totally free sample! Hence, being made to feel in the ripe old age of 32 and having got the freebies under false pretences, I had been all set to FIND these tampons to be absolutely over-hyped.
Tampax appear to have gone for the strategy of disguising the Pearl tampons so they really do not look like tampons, allegedly to be 'unobtrusive'. i think this would have the contrary effect. The packaging will not transform what they really are although plenty of cash was spent in making it look less like tampons!
The critical problem is how trustworthy these are - no point seeming fairly if they do not execute the job. I was very surprised. Generally, for Superb tampons the applicators are rather chunky but the applicator used within the Pearl variety is made from really glossy, smooth plastic instead of the standard card applicators and amazingly slimline. i can comprehend the reason why this will be advertised in a younger age group as this could be perfect for young girls just beginning to utilize tampons. I'd be more than pleased to recommend this to a teen daughter as they're much more comfortable to insert than normal applicator tampons and far more easy.
I had been somewhat sceptical about absorbent a tampon that really fit into that miniature applicator would be I must acknowledge i was quite pleasantly surprised. I don't need to be carried by the advertising blurb but the promotion does say the tampon was reshaped and that it' enlarges to fit your physique that is unique.' Myself did see the tampons really seem nearly triangular at the underside which likely describes how the fold into the applicator and do not have the same contour as usual. I had also been sent some Standard sized tampons in my own free box, even though I often work with Super absorbency, which I also used. This was not the case although Myself had anticipated to need to modify the low absorbency tampons more often, so I do feel that these are truly more absorbent. There have been no escapes or some humiliating moments using these, happily.
The only significant drawback for this product is the purchase price. I believe that the cost that is complete is comfy and very unjustified. Luckily, these do appear to be around on promotion on a reasonably routine basis so that it's not impossible to plan ahead and bulk purchase with this specific sort of product.
I have just lately began to get my periods again, after nearly two years interval-free thanks to breastfeeding and pregnancy, and that i discovered myself using Tampax Pearl rather than contemplating alternatives that were more economic. Only a pity they've been so over priced but it's worth looking for offers.
Warning!! As this review is for a menstrual care item - I shall be discussing menstrual flow!
~~~The Back Story~~~
I've been interested in and fascinated by women's health for all my life. I realise that this may seem bizarre to some people, but I'm sure that women around the world would prefer a doctor who is passionate about the subject matter than one who is not.
My interest had also led me to use all types and brands of menstrual items over my 30 years' of aunt flow's regular visit, including the previously-reviewed menstrual cup and this item: Tampax Pearl Applicator Tampons - Super.
~~~The Product ~~~
The box I have is for 18 applicator tampons. Each tampon is individually wrapped in an easy remove, light plastic green and white plastic wrapper with easy-to-open tabs. The company states that the wrapper has an anti-slip grip.
This is an applicator tampon. The applicator comprises two parts, both blue plastic. As I look at one I have opened to analyse for this review, I realise that the shape and design is very similar to that of a sperm: the part that encloses the tampon reminds me of a sperm's head with the neck or mitochondrial sheathed area. The second - handle - part of the applicator is like the tail and flagella of a sperm. I need to get out more!
Looking more closely at the (unused!!) tampon next to me, I see that it is usually compressed within the applicator, and once out I can see there are actually three lateral folds that make the tampon twice as wide as you'd expect. This is obviously a clever attempt to increase the surface area and therefore the absorbency.
The Tampax website gives a few technical details about these tampons. There is a "CleanGuard" layer surrounding the tampon core for an extra layer of protection. "FormFit" protection gently conforms to a woman's unique shape, and the "LeakGuard" braid helps catch leaks and sends them back to the core. Finally, the company belives that these items provide up to eight hours' protection.
~~~ My Experience ~~
As a woman change with age, so too can her cycle. My flow is very heavy on the first day - much, much heavier than it used to be - normal to light on the second day, and almost non-existent on the third. It's as though my uterus has suddenly realised "Oh look, no pregnancy...will all endometrial lining leave the building immediately".
I therefore use these tampons for day one of my cycle and sometimes on the second day. I find the tampons store and travel well. They are easy to use and reliably do the job they are designed to do. I always have several spares of these tampons stashed all over the place - in various bags, my locker, scrubs pocket and even my car glove box! I first bought them in the USA, and was pleased to find them in my local Tesco once I was back in the UK.
Moving onto using the product. Firstly I find the wrapper very easy to undo. Once removed from the plastic wrapper the tampon is immediately ready for insertion. Prior to insertion, I prefer to hold the "neck" area and slide the handle inwards for approximately 2-3mm. This reduces the chances of the plunger/handle failing and also reduces the time my hands are at my vulva. I find that these plastic applicator tampons really are much easier to insert than the cardboard variety.
Once installed, the tampon sits in place very comfortably in my opinion - I'm unaware of its presence. I prefer to change every 3-4 hours, but even at my heaviest flow I can still leave it five hours if my working arrangements deem this necessary.
~~~Caveats etc ~~~
It's advisable to wash your hands before and after inserting and disposing of menstrual products.
Tampons have been associated with toxic shock syndrome that although rare, is life-threatening and life-taking. Regular and frequent tampon changes reduce this risk.
~~~ Recommended ~~
Yes!! Available at many supermarkets!
I find that the first few days of my period can be quite heavy whereas the latter days are pretty light so I usually switch absorbency of sanitary products after a couple of days. For those heavy days I use 'super' absorbent tampons. The brand that I always use is Tampax - I have been doing so for years and it's a brand I know and very much trust. However, I do use different variations of their products and one of these is the pearl variety.
A box of 18 of these costs me £2.99 from Tesco (frequently on the 2 for £5 promotion). This is a little more expensive than other variations but not overly so. The super absorbency is designed for medium to heavy flows and can even be used at night (up to 8 hours). The pearl tampons come individually wrapped in a white plastic style wrapper - this does not rustle when you open and is perforated and there are tabs for easy opening. This is discreet when opening - particularly handy at work etc. The applicator is a white plastic which is smooth to the touch and pearl-like in colour. It also has an anti-slip grip. The tampon itself expands widthwise so that it adapts to the shape of your body and helps prevent leaks. Tampax Pearl also has a 'unique LeakGuard braid that gathers fluid and sends it back to the core of the tampon'.
For me, these are exceptionally good tampons. I love that the wrapper is discreet to open but, at the same time, the perforation means that these can sometimes come opened in my bag - which means that they are no longer sterile. The applicator is brilliant, it is comfortable and easy to insert and grips easily so you can push it in with no problems. Every tampon that I have used from the pearl collection has inserted comfortably immediately. They are also comfortable to wear - so much so that you can get on with everyday life confidently and forget you have one inserted. They are also reliable and provide great protection. Even in my heaviest flow days, I have never experienced any issues with leaking whilst wearing these.
These are a little more expensive that tampons that I would usually buy but I can definitely see why that is. For ease of insertion alone, I am willing to pay the extra. They are very absorbent and offer great protection - highly recommended.
I tried every product going when it comes to periods, from ones with no applicator to supermarket own brand.
The main issue I have with applicator products is that the card seems to fold back on itself and hurt me as I'm applying; I have to bend the card down flat before inserting.
The product itself comes in a cardboard box, which is very vibrant in colour; I use the super ones which have an orange banner on them. Each Tampax comes in its own wrapper that almost feels like material and after putting them in my bag for work I found that they stayed more secure than the usual paper wrappers.
The cost is slightly more than regular Tampax at about £2.99 for 18 but they are widely available at most supermarkets and larger chemists.
Upon opening the wrapper is easy to open despite being very secure. Inside there is a plastic soothe tube with another tube with a little handle on that you pull up initially to insert the product. The first time I used it I inserted it without touching the end, as I wanted to see if it would work easily. It went in smoothly and the edges didn't bend down to scratch me inside and the whole process was really painless. The fact that it is smooth plastic makes it easy to get into the right position before pushing the handle down and inserting the product. I took out the plastic applicator came out easily and left the Tampax in place without budging.
I love this product as it make periods even less painless as I must admit the cramps are bad enough without the product that is meant to help you causing more. I would recommend these as I know they are slightly more expensive but well worth it. I would also recommend these to girls starting their period as they are much easier to get used to, I will defiantly buy my daughter these when it comes to the time of her needing to use them.
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I tend to use Tampons for about 25% of the time of the month, and over the years brands have changed, products advanced, and I have finally settled to Tampax pearl, as I feel that they are luxury very comfortable to use.
Tampax Pearl comes in boxes of 20, the box looks large to previous boxes of tampons, it is as thought they have room to breath. The box has a see through tab allowing you to glimpse through, and the box has a tab for closing the box after use.
The tampons are wrapped individually, and the wrapper is a strong paper feel to it. One use for the wrapper is the previous tampon can be wrapped up and disposed of safely and discreetly.
The tampons are applicator tampons, the applicator is another new aspect of these tampons, they are solidly built and are made from a shiny plastic which has a rounded tip.
I found these easy to use, and with the applicator being stronger than the previous cardboard of years ago, for me this is a 100% improvement. This adds to the impression of the quality of the product.
The shape is also a weird shape, like a mass of pearls but when used these expand nicely, and soak up well. The string has also seen an improvement, this is now braided, and is sown into the tampon sp less chance of the string being detached.
As the old saying goes there is two sides to the coin, the first is what I have described is the benefits to me, whilst the other side of the coin some people may say that these are just gimmicks and an excuse to drive up the price.
The price of these Tampax Pearls are around £3.20 for a box of 20, and can be purchased from many retailers, from Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets.
From the first time I opened the tampons, I noticed the difference, and after wearing them for a few times per month, I felt the difference, even to the fact that I downgraded a strength, which I took to be a positive.
=Would I buy again=
I would buy again, I know they are more expensive, but at the end of the day anything that helps my time of the month be more comfortable and where I am comfortable they are worth it.
I have used these to go swimming in and I was pleased to say no leaks, as I always feel that swimming would be a sods law experience.
=If you do use Tampons, take care, follow the instructions, re time being used, and make sure they get removed. I know it is rare but there is still a small risk of Toxic symdrome"
The idea of using a 'luxury' product during my period has never really occured to me. To me, it's a time to get over and done with as quickly as possibly. Hence, I've never given much thought to my brand of protection, instead just grabbing a box of whatever's cheapest at the time.
So, had it been down to me, it's unlikely I ever would've tried Tampax Pearl. At around 3.20 a box, they're certainly not cheap; and their intensive advertising campaign had more or less gone over my head.
I 'got' that they were supposed to be luxurious and modern - but really, how exactly do you make the experience of using a tampon luxurious? I mean what do they do? Run you a bath? Cook you a meal? Serenade you with your favourite song? Are they made of solid gold, unicorn hair and phoenix tears?
So, I was somewhat cynical when a box of Tampax Pearl was gruffly shoved into my hand by my embarrassed hubby. (I'd sent him out to buy tampons without bothering to specify brands or types, knowing this would've been entirely pointless. He arbitrarily selected them after ten minutes of hovering awkwardly around the feminine hygiene aisle, apparently).
What, then, was my opinion?
**** PACKAGING ****
Tampax Pearl come in packs of 20 in a fairly large cardboard box with a see-through window allowing you to glimpse the contents. There's a little tab allowing you to re-close the box after use.
The tampons themselves come in fairly large individual wrappers made out of a strong, papery material. The wrappers are perfect for disposing used tampons in as well as looking discrete. They open by separating two tabs so nobody can hear you unwrapping them in the toilet. This is a surprisingly useful and well thought out feature. They're also advertised as 'handbag proof' which I can verify - and my handbag is always full of mess, clutter and snapped eyeliner pencils so that's a ringing endorsement!
**** FUNCTION ****
Tampax Pearl are applicator tampons. The applicators, like the wrappers, are unlike any I've seen before. They're solidly built and made of shiny, pearlescent plastic with a very smooth, rounded tip.
I've never had much luck with applicators before, but the Pearl applicators worked perfectly everytime and made insertion of the tampon very easy and comfortable. The look, feel and function of the applicator really does add to the impression of the Pearl being a quality product.
The string is braided - apparently to add extra protection against leaks - and is sewn to the length of the tampon so there's no need to worry about the string becoming unattached.
The Pearl is a strange shape and expands to a stingray-like shape (I know, I never thought I'd see the term 'stingray-like shape' used in a sentence either) to fit you.
These features could be seen as gimmicky, but I found that they worked really well. I normally need 'super plus' tampons but I was able to use 'super' Pearls throughout my period with no leakage issues at all.
*** SUMMARY ****
So, did I change my mind about 'luxury' sanitary products?
Well, yes and no. Surprisingly, Tampax Pearl really did make the experience of having a period that little bit more pleasant. They were very comfortable and easy to use, they worked really well and they're full of well-designed and well-thought out features.
The cost is still something of an issue to me. I'm not sure that the added quality you get with the Pearl really justifies the price-tag. If truth be told, when I want to treat myself, I'm still more liable to buy perfume or chocolate than a premium tampon.
Recently I had my husband do a quick top up shop and asked him to get me some tampons. As I thought he would be confused by the array of products now available I told him to get me Tampax Super as I was sure whichever shop he went to would have them. He did well to get me them but rather than my usual Compak ones he got me the pearl ones instead which I had seen advertised but not tried. They are fairly easy to spot on the shelf as the name Pearl is written in quite large lettering on the box which also has an image of pearls around the name.
Having seen the advertisements for these and given the name Pearl I thought these would be an improved on my usual tampons. I have to say however I was a bit disappointed by the size of these tampons as they are almost double the length of the Compak ones. Although the anti-slip applicator made them easy to insert I was disappointed that they didn't feel as comfortable as my usual tampons.
Intitally I thought that perhaps I hadn't quite inserted the tampons correctly and that was why I felt they were not as comfortable as my usual ones but having used the whole box I am left unimpressed by them. They did however do their job well and I had no accidents with them although I am not convinced that the leak guard had anything to do with this as I had never had any issues with the Compak version in this regard.. Perhaps it was just the box I had but I did feel the wrapper that went around the tampon was a bit too easy to remove and a couple of times the wrapper came off in the ones I had in my handbag.
I am disappointed with these tampons as having seen the advertisements I had high expectations. I really thought they would be much more comfortable than my usual ones as the adverts do stress the totally different shape which is meant to make them more comfortable. Although easy to use and reliable I just didn't feel they were as comfortable as my Compak ones and wont be buying them again. If you do wish to try them out for yourself then they are readily available from the usual stockists and cost around £2.00 for a box of 20. There are available in lites, regular, super and super plus together with the multi pack version to suit different types of women.
When it comes to that 'time of the month', a phrase I don't really like, I always use tampons when out and about during the day. Tampax is the only brand I now use, and since their more recent Pearl version, these are my preferred choice for comfort, protection and ease of use.
Tampax is a leading name when it comes to tampons, being a modern, popular and good quality brand with much experience. Their range has expanded over the years and the Pearl version is a more recent upgrade, offering their ultimate range of comfort and protection during your period.
These come in a green and blue box with a string of pearls near the centre around the Tampex Pearl 'title'. Near the middle is also a small peep hole of clear plastic so you can see the product inside. Slightly to the right of this is the absorbency rating (ie 'Super' or 'Regular'), a cartoon style image of the tampon itself and to the bottom left is the quantity. On the top is a pink box telling us that these are Tampax's 'best protection and our best comfort', which makes me think these are good quality and an improvement on previous products.
These use a 'pearl protect' system that sets them apart from other products in the feminine protection range. They have a 'leak guard braid' which is 'designed for anti-leak back-up protection', and they also offer 'FormFit protection' which 'gently conforms to your unique body shape'. In addition, the applicator itself is a 'SmoothTouch' one, which is intended to be anti-slip with a rounded end tip for easier insertion.
The wrapper varies depending on the absorbance level, so, for instance, the Super range is green. It has a bit of an overhang tab for easier opening but because it is more plastic in feel rather than biodegradable paper it needs to go in the bin.
Tampax Pearl can be bought in 4 levels of absorbency : Lites / Regular / Super / Super Plus, ranging from a very light to very heavy flow. The Super, for instance, will absorb around 9-12 grams, though it really is a more subjective matter about which you choose. I often opt for Super because I often don't know how heavy it will be but it's rarely light except on the last day, so these are perfect. I can choose to use a regular one at the end, but the Super does keep me dry and protected very well.
These are designed so that you can choose the type of tampon depending on your flow, and they suggest you use the lowest absorbency for the flow you have at the time. They need to be changed, as with all tampons, every 4-8 hours, the used tampon being flushable.
I find that these do live up to their claims. They're very easy to insert being gentle and smoothly shaped, and they give very good protection without any leaks. The design and wrapper are also something I don't feel embarrassed about if one falls out of my bag, and they're easy to open and discretely dispose of.
The price and quantity varies depending on what absorbency you choose, with the Super ones coming in a pack of 18 for £2.99 (Boots) or a pack of 36 for £5.49. Others, like 'Regular', are the same price and come in a pack of 20 or 40. You could also choose the multi range to get various absorbencies in one box.
Overall, I would highly recommend these for comfort and peace of mind that they will offer good quality, effective protection. I tend to buy these when on offer, as otherwise they are rather pricey, and stock up on a few boxes because I know I wouldn't willing choose to buy anything else anymore.
When it's my time of the month I rarely get the cheap products as you don't need this time to be any less pleasant than it already is. This is always the products I go for and it has always been my favourite.
So ignoring the price for a bit, this product, for me, is perfect. First of all the applicator is plastic and compact with texture around the area you hold. So it's not only easier to carry around discreetly, it's also much more comfortable to put in and doesn't get crushed at the bottom of your bag. The packaging around the applicator is less likely to tear like most of the paper packaging so doesn't fall apart before you need it.
The tampon itself is shaped differently than most to get the best protection. Its spread outwards like 'wings'. Not the best description but suitable :). Its also has a skirt near in-between the string and the tampon. Not too sure how this helps but apparently it does!
So back to price. You can normally get this product for about £3. Knowing that most other products like this are cheaper I would decide whether you want your time of the month to be less expensive or less uncomfortable. If your choice is less uncomfortable then got for pearl! You won't find anything better.
After recently seeing these on offer at my local Asda, I decided to give them a go, this and the advertising barrage that I had seen a while ago I was a little intrigued, I mean how wonderful can a tampon actually be!?
The product I will now review is - "Tampax - pearl".
The idea behind this product (as with every so-called "made better" sanitary item) is that it is easier to apply, more comfortable to wear and less likely to leak!
Each tampon is individually wrapped for hygienic reasons, but even the packaging is slightly different to what I have experienced before, being a cross between plastic and paper, and being readily advised as the ideal vessel to rewrap the used application tube in to bin.
The tube itself is again very different from what I am used to, with it being a oval tube shape, with an attached "plunger" to insert, very much like a sealed unit, this is made from a very smooth and pearlescent looking plastic, and does in fact make application very easy to achieve without any "slippage"!. ( I will not go into the gory details, needless to say if you are a woman and use these you will understand!).
The tampon is again that slight bit different from the norm, with it being a bulb shape almost, though when opened out a little (for the purpose of this review you understand!) it resembles a bat shape, with the wing parts being the sealer, as these expand and gently fit to the cavity to stop any leakages, which for a woman of my age, who has had two kids and had her monthly cycle completely messed with is ideal, I am far heavier now than I have every been so need something industrial strength to help!
The final thing is of course the string. I have used cheaper products in the past and was horrified that not only does the string sometimes break, but that the tampon itself could actually start shedding it's material, this in turn does frighten me somewhat, as I don't really now what effect that could have on your innards!
The string on this product is sewn right through the tampon to reduce the risk of the string coming free, at the bottom of the string there is a section that it double threaded, perfect to get hold of to remove, but also making it look much thicker and in my opinion secure!
My experience of the product (incase you hadn't guessed from the review so far!) has been really good. From the application through to the actual usage has been as good as the product brags, though I do have to say the one thing that does bother me is the wastage of the all plastic tube, which of course cannot be recycled due to it being considered as "medical waste", at work it has to go in a incinerator bag ( I work in a hospital), so this of course doesn't help me feel like I am helping the environment.
Price wise these cost me £2.00 for a box of 18 (three - four day supply for me), and of course comes in every absorbency, which really should be tailored to your needs.
I really do recommend this product, which does help keep that "time of the month" bearable and hygienic, I just wish there was a way for it to be environmentally conscious too.
Thanks for reading x
I am eternally grateful to whoever invented the tampon. I believe it was someone back in Ancient Egyptian times, so thank you to them! They make a horrible time of the month that bit more bearable: for a couple of hours you can even forget you are on your period (at least, you could if it wasn't for the pain emitting from the lower region of your stomach...).
I normally use normal applicator tampons, either Tampax or store brand, depending on which brands are on offer at the time. Lately though I've had the chance to try new Tampax Pearl, as free samples of 3 tampons have been included with packs of 20 ordinary applicator tampons. I've tried both the Super and Regular varieties: not the 'Lite' version though (does anyone have a light enough flow for 'lite' tampons? I'm jealous if so!).
'Pearl' is certainly a nice name for a kind of tampon: having said that, even a name that sounds like a precious stone does not mask the messy and unpleasant business of periods. Tampax claim that these tampons "let you outsmart mother nature" - I think this is a bit of an extravagant claim! If anything can 'outsmart mother nature' surely it's the contraceptive pill that lets you skip periods? Anyway. Tampax also state that the tampons have 'smooth touch' applicators, provide a perfect fit and include a 'protection braid'.
The tampons certainly seem smaller than usual applicator tampons. This is because the bottom part of the applicator is a lot thinner than the top. This means the tampons take up less space in your bag, which is a good thing. The packaging is very easy to open. The applicators are plastic, which mean they are much easier and smoother to insert - sometimes I find it quite tricky to insert normal applicator tampons, especially at the end of my period, but I have never had that problem with these. The plastic applicator does concern me though in terms of waste - for some reason I imagine the cardboard ones are better for the environment but I could be completely mistaken!
The cord does seem firmly attached to the tampon, however in 10 years of using tampons I have never had a problem with a cord breaking, and I have tried a variety of brands over the years. I have never had a problem with leakage, but again, I have never had this problem with any brand I have used - perhaps I am just lucky.
These tampons have big plus points - their smaller size and ease of insertion. However, I won't be in a hurry to swap brands any time soon, and that's because of the price. A pack of 20 super or regular tampons will set you back £2.99, while a multipack of 36 tampons costs £5.99 - bear in mind a multipack of 28 ordinary Tampax tampons costs only £2.99! To me, the benefits of using these tampons as opposed to ordinary ones are outweighed by the higher cost.
Absorbencies are as follows:
Tampax Pearl Super Tampons - 9-12 grams, for a medium to heavy flow
Tampax Pearl Regular Tampons - 6-9 grams for a light to medium flow
Tampax Pearl Lites Tampons - less than 6 grams for a very light to light flow.
Always use the lowest absorbency for your flow. Change every 4 - 8 hours.
Listing absorbencies makes no sense to me, but every woman hopefully has an idea of what her own flow is like.
If you fancy giving these a go, it might be a good idea to get hold of a free sample attached to a different pack before buying.
I always use Tampax tampons because although they are more expensive than other brands, I think the price reflects their quality. I normally go for the Compak variety as I like their handy and discreet size, but I came across a promotional pack of Tampax Pearl recently and thought I'd give them a whirl.
There are a few subtle differences between the Pearl and the other Tampax varieties; the first one I noticed was the individual wrappers. The Pearl comes wrapped in a thickish waterproof plastic wrapper which rather than having a 'tear' open function, has two small tabs of plastic which you pull apart, opening the wrapper along the length of the tampon, meaning that you don't end up opening at the wrong end thus having to touch the 'business' end - you can make sure you only touch the applicator meaning that the end that enters your body remains sterile.
I've found the wrapping in this type of plastic is quieter and doesn't rustle as much as the paper wrapper of the classic Tampax or the cheaper plastic of the Compak, this is nice as it makes trips to communal loos more discreet and the wrappers won't rustle when you're rummaging about in your bag. The wrapping also features a really rather lovely swirly floral design in pale green on white - nothing too loud - and it's a nice touch. (Presumably each absorbency has its own colour, green for Super, yellow for Regular and so on, but I've only tried the Super).
The main difference with the Pearl is the applicator. It is packaged as 'long' with the applicator in position ready to be used, rather than condensed down like the Compak, where you have to pull it out in order to push it back in. This means that it's not as small to carry about as the Compak, but I guess no one really believes the Compak is a sachet of sugar anyway so it doesn't matter too much! It is packaged like this because the 'push' part of applicator is thinner than normal, with a sort of plunger head at the top , which pushes the tampon more easily, rather than having a small tube inside a larger tube which sometimes doesn't push quite right and you can end up wasting a tampon because you haven't been able to insert it properly. The top end of the applicator has the flappy bits covering it, which the tampon pushes through (as do most varieties now) meaning that it gets minimum exposure to anything before entering the body. The plastic of the applicator is extra smooth, tangibly smoother than the Compak, and is a pearlescent white (of course!).Because of the smooth plastic this really is one of the easiest to insert tampons that I've tried, the whole process is very smooth and comfortable.
The Pearl also has a Perfect Fit feature, meaning that it expands widthways rather than lengthways to "naturally fit your unique body shape". I have to agree that these are really comfortable tampons - I sometimes find that others 'slip' slightly after an hour or two meaning that you can feel them in there and it's uncomfortable, but I didn't experience this at all with the Pearl. Upon removing the tampon I found that it is indeed a very short fat thing compared to what I was used to (Perhaps another reference to pearls, as it's almost round?), and one drawback to this was that it was slightly uncomfortable to remove.
I won't go into too much detail about absorbency (!) but suffice to say that I've never had any problems with Tampax and the Pearl is no exception. Likewise the quality - no dodgy applicators or loose strings here.
Prices of Tampax Super tampons on the Boots website today are as follows:
Classic box of 20 = £1.99 (9.9p each)
Compak box of 20 = £2.85 (14.2p each)
Pearl box of 18 = £2.99 (16.6p each)
So if you normally buy the Classic then to switch to the Pearl would be a 50%+ increase, but for people like me who use the Compak it's not too much more expensive ... I guess it depends on how much of a difference the little differences make to you. I'll definitely consider them in future.
Like many people reviewing, I too received the free samples of these tampons. I usually use Tampax Compact however I think I will switch over to these because they are that much better. The applicator is very thin and goes in very smoothly, and the packaging is easy to open and then reuse as a bag to throw the used applicator away in. As well as this, the packaging is a lot more attractive, and anything to cheer you up is appreciated when you're feeling awful from the monthly visitor. Despite looking thin, it expands as much as any other tampon and doesn't need to be changed more regularly, so you won't need to buy more than usual.
As I'm still little, my mum buys these for me! So I'm not overly bothered about the price, however I can imagen at university next year I may be reaching for the Boots own brand.
I've just enjoyed a rather lovely year of no periods whatsoever on the contraceptive injection - no period pain, no bloating, and no PMT . Well, I say no PMT, but the injections managed to turn me into a depressed madbag (something to do with all the hormones) and my doctor decided that rather than leaving it until I turned into a complete basket case, he'd put me on the pill . Bummer, welcome back periods .
My doctor consoled me with the news that it could take up to a year for my periods to return to normal . Except they didn't - my periods decided to make a prompt return, along with the cramps, and I'm back to buying tampons. I decided that if I had to bleed, then at least I was going to bleed on something posh - and I opted for Tampax Pearl.
They've been advertised on TV a lot recently, with the twinset clad mother nature turning up to present her monthly gift . Gift ? Bah Humbug! It's a curse if anything!
Now, the packaging is a little smarter looking than the average Tampax, lovely leaves and sunny colours . I don't know who they're trying to kid ! These are basically applicator tampons, although slightly smaller and with a much smoother plastic applicator (in comparison to the old cardboard one). They also have a plastic wrapper that has an easy to find tag, so you can open the tampons easily .
Without going into too much detail, insertion was easy and relatively trouble free. I will admit that the slightly smaller size of these in comparison to the tampons I was used to using was a little bit disconcerting, and I wasn't entirely sure these were going to cope with the flow . However, they proved themselves very well, not the slightest leak, and really a very comfortable wear ,and easy removal .
I purchase these in the super flow 18 pack, which costs me £2.90. That is actually pretty expensive, bearing in mind that for £3.50 I could get 40 standard Tampax brand applicator tampons . Yes, they're comfortable, and they are very absorbant - but then, I never had any complaints about the regular Tampax.
Would I recommend these ? I suppose if money makes no difference, then the slight advantage of the smoother applicator might be worth paying a bit more for, but for me, although these are great, I think they are vastly over priced and I will be returning to the ordinary Tampax tampons .
Smooth touch applicator.