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Warning, this is a review of tampons, so those of you with delicate sensibilities may want to look away now (mostly talking to the gents, I''ll be honest). I will be using words such as"period", "flow" and "absorbency" so if it''s all too much for you, stop reading here. Tampax are probably the best known brand of tampons, and in my opinion, with good reason. They are definitely superior to other brands, particularly supermarket and pharmacy own brands. The rating system of absorbency is easy to follow, these particular ones are regular, and I find they are good for the middle of my period , after the heavy couple of days at the beginning. Obviously this is different for every woman, but the simple system means it shouldn''t take too long to work out your needs if you are looking to start using tampons or switch brands to Tampax. I recommend them for first time tampon users as the applicators are so much easier to use than other brands - they are easy to grip, and after a bit of practice I don''t think you will have any trouble with them. They are more expensive than other brands, but as the leading brand they are often on special offer, buy one get one free etc. so you can stop up relatively cheaply. I would happily pay the full price though as I really need the ease and comfort when I''m not feeling my best anyway. They''re not going to make your period totally amazing like some adverts would have you think, but they do certainly make me a bit more comfortable.
I tend to alternate between using both sanitary pads and tampons depending upon how heavy my period is. If I am using tampons then generally speaking I will use Tampax. I don''t know whey but I always seem to go back to these ones, probably because they were the first ones my mum introduced me to when I first started my periods about twenty years ago. I buy the regular ones wheih care suitable for medium level flow and ai always buy the larger boxes of twenty eight, as these work out much more cost effective than buying the smaller boxes. Each tampon is individually wrapped and comes with its own little applicator which is really easy to use, once you get the hang of it. This particular sized tampon is ideal for the middle of my period when it is not too heavy. These are really good tampons to use and I have confidence in the them as they have never leaked or caused me any embarrassment whenever I have worn them. They are easy to insert and the pack comes with a full set of instructions for insertion. They are really comfortable to use too, which is a big plus point and to be honest I really do forget that i am wearing one sometimes. Obviously they have the little string to pull it back out afterwards and they are designed to stay in for up to eight hours. Personally, i have never left a tampon in for this long, tenin to remove mine after about four hours, to be one the safe side, and then i insert a fresh one. They are really discreet for carrying around with me in my bag if i am out and about and I pay about four pounds for a box of forty eight of these tampons, which works out really great value for money. Overall, I am very pleased with Tampax regular tampons, they are good value for money and I have confidence in them as an excellent sanitary product.
Feminine care products are very important to modern women and a necessary evil. Nobody finds great joy or pleasure using them, but have to be done for most of us for roughly a good 40 years.
Are these readily available and are there different types?
When I was younger Tampons were only really Tampax in brand, but these days there are so many to choose from by different brands and even supermakets own. Very readily available. The good thing about the brand Tampax is that they have brought out different versions of the original, which is good to keep up with competition in the market, and also offer the consummer something different, such as:
Tampax Pearl - designed to be more comfortable and ' leak proof ' than the original. They come in Lite, Regular, Fresh Regular ( lightly scented ), Super, Fresh Super ( Light scented ) and Super Plus Choose depending on how heavy your flow is.
Tampax Compak - have all the same benefits as normal Tampx but half the size. Comes in different flow rates.
Tampax Cardboard Applicator - each tampon comes in a biodegradable applicator for ease of insertion. Comes in different flow rates.
What do I think of these products?
For me personally my body and its functions have changed over the years with age and with after having children. These days I flip between Tampons and sanitary towels. Purely depending on how heavy I feel, if to the point of feeling uncomfortable and may not be able to visit the bathroom as regularly as I would like, I tend to use Tampons Super with aplicator. The aplicator allows easy and comfortable insertion, and the super is very absorbant for a heavy flow.
For me I like the fact you can wear Tampons with any underwear ( you cant when wearing towels for obvious reasons! ).Its very discreet so you dont feel its obvious and if inserted properly you wont feel. Its easy to insert and take out, and all can be done very quickly and as hygenic as such an act can be! The most important things to remember is you need to wash your hand before inserting and removing and wash hands after, make sure you only use when mensturating and change when needed but do not use one for more than 8 hours.
Would I buy again?Yes,if the price was right.As mentioned the supermarkets now do their own brand, and Ive used Asdas own at a price of £1.00 for a box ( cant recall how many were in them but standard amount tends to be between 14-18 ) and found them to be very effective and worked well.So as long as the price is good, I would buy. I bought my last box at a cost of £1.88 rrp from my local chemist.It was a box of 20 Super with applicator. Prices will vary depending on the pack size, but currently Asda are selling them £2.70 per box ( 20 in each, different varieties ) or 3 for £5.00.
I hardly ever use tampons - I hate them - but whenever I do use them (eg swimming or when i am planning on wearing skinny jeans and know a pad will make it look like i have a bulge!) I will use the tampax super plus ones because they're the most absorbent and easy to use ones that I've come across., and they're great value and good quality.
Tampax also do regular tampons and different types, but I use the super plus because I have really heavy periods. A pack of 48 tampons is about £4 in supermarkets and chemists which I think is really good value and a pack will last me for ages, I only wear a tampon during the day time when I don't want a pad bulking my trousers out so I will only need 2-3 tampons a day, which means a pack of 48 is excellent value!
The tampons can be used for up to 8 hours without being changed so in theory you could just use one a day then change to a pad at night but I like to change them as often as possible because of how freakishly heavy my periods are and I'm really paranoid about septic shock!
The tampons are very simple in design and easy to insert and remove, the string is a good length, is strong and has never broken off (my worse fear ever!!) and I've never had trouble with leakages, although I do always wear a thin pad just incase.
The tampon is comfortable to wear, it is easy to forget that I am actually wearing one and I don't feel self conscious or worried it'll fall out or anything! The wrapper is bright orange so easy to spot in my handbag so im not rummaging around trying to find it when i need to change it.
The wrapper is also flushable, so there is no embarrassment of trying to find a bin to put it in when using a public toilet! The little applicator stick part is made of thin cardboard and I just stick this in my bag and put it in the bin when I get home. The tampons themselves are quite neat and not too bulky, so I just stick them in a nappy bag when I've used them and bin them.
These tampons are good value and they do the job, so I recccomend them.
These tampons are my favourites - although it's hard to have a favourite tampon as I dread that time of the month!
The great thing about these tampons is that there's plenty of different sizes to choose from and they're not too bad in terms of value. The normal Tampax Tampons come in light, regular, super and super plus sizes. Without going into too much detail I find that the highest size that I can stretch to is super as the super plus causes me some discomfort. I find them hard to insert and they are a little uncomfortable too. The super ones are ideal for when I have heavy flow and they offer me great protection as they don't leak. The regular ones are for when I have light to medium flow and the lites are what I used when I first started out using tampons. I would recommend the light ones to people who are new to using tampons, although they only absorb around 6g of liquid.
Tampax tampons also come in a compact variety with a discreet wrapper. These are a little on the expensive side at around £3 a box but they're great for using at work as they're so discreet. I can pop one into my pocket and use it when needed. These are great for travelling as they come in compact packaging and you expand them before use. These are also easy to insert and I can use the super plus size in these as the applicator is silky smooth and comfortable to hold.
These are the best quality tampons. They are well made, reliable and strong. They are ideal to use throughout you period and are suitable for all ages and walks of life. You can use them during swimming too!
The best tampons on the market.
These are really good if you prefer to wear tampons instead of pads.
A good thing about these that they are easier to use as they usually tend to have an applicant which means it's easier to insert the tampon, especially if you're using them for the first time.
They can in a huge range of sizes whether your flow is light or very heavy. Includes : very light, light, medium, super, heavy or very heavy.
They come in a good hand bag or make-up bag size, but make sure it don't fall out cause they can become more obvious than pads.
They also come in packs of 10-20 - this depends of the size.
Like any tampon you must only be allowed to keep it between 4-8 hours and no longer cause this can cause problems, so don't forget to change! It's not like a pad where you can change at a random time or any time you wish.
These are also sold in places like Boots and superdrug and various supermarkets, so if you're in a hurry you can quickly grab some whenever you need them. They are sold for approx of 1.50. So they're pretty cheap
I use this product ocasionally depending on if I want to wear a pad or a tampon, but these are comfortable and no one will notice and they are a good price and suitable for all year round!
Firstly my apologies to all the guys out there for writing a review that isn't necessarily considerate to both sexes. Also apologies for 2 moany reviews in a row, I'm normally of such a sunny disposition too!
A male friend asked me a few weeks ago why, when a shampoo product is being advertised on TV they show someone washing their hair. When a razor is being advertised they show someone shaving their legs. When underwear is being advertised they show someone, well, wearing underwear. So why then when Tampons are being advertised do they show a woman playing tennis! After slapping him and telling him he wasn't funny I had a wee chuckle to myself at the thought of what he'd said was in fact very true.
Now, we all know what Tampax (or "thingies" as my embarrassed mother used to call them) are used for and therefore I feel no need to write an introduction on the matter. I'm not going to labour the point, even for the guys. But to me Tampax are the feminine hygiene equivalent of the first ever mobile phone. Chunky, indiscreet and lets be honest, not very good at their job. When I am being "visited" I do not wish the whole world to know it. Tampax may as well carry around a neon flashing light screaming "ON!" Whereas the world of lillet's have long since developed the tampon equivalent of a Samsung flip phone that fits neatly and discreetly in your pocket or in the palm of your hand, Tampax appear to have missed this point and decided that women wish to sneak off to the loo with an inch of packaging poking out either side of their hand.
Environmentally speaking tampons as a whole would never win any awards from Greenpeace. Yet Tampax decide to defeat the world into tampon Armageddon. The paper wrapper isn't an issue. I used to have competitions with myself of how small a ball I could screw it up into. I won on numerous occasions with more and more impressive results. (Yes, I do get out more frequently nowadays for those that are wondering!) However, Tampax market 2 products, both applicator tampons, one that is a shiney cardboard tube (mentionable also for being so embarrassingly hard to flush to the extent the next cubicle occupant will on numerous occasions know exactly what you've been up to) along with a product that is a telescopic plastic tube that pulls out to form a full length applicator. These in my mind are the worst environmental disaster area possible. Aside from the actual tampon itself, which are often found washed up on beaches from our ridiculously environmentally abused sewer system months after their original use, the plastic applicator is wholly unbiodegrable. Yes ok, the plastic can be recycled but honestly, how many are? The wrapper to these isn't of the "delightfully easy to screw up and dispose of" paper type but a crinkly shiny plastic that works its way to many a landfill or even worse out into the environment. I mean c'mon Tampax!!!!! Thousands of women the world over require you on a monthly basis, put a bit of thought into this aspect of it please!!! Numerous market competitors are realising that women don't necessarily require applicators and are preferring nowadays to favour the more discreet, more environmentally friendly non applicator tampons instead.
So how effective are they? Well lets just say you would have more joy holding a gallon of water up an elephants trunk with a twig than you would stemming the menstrual flow with a tampax product. You see unlike, again, market competitors, tampax products have a rather major design flaw. Most tampons have the removal string stitched only half way up the synthetic pad, leaving a sealed top section, that when the pad expands to fit the line of your, ahem, feminine part for want of a more scientific term, forms a leak-proof seal. Tampax however choose to attach their strings near to the top of the pad which provides massive potential for the product to fail and leak, especially in their super flow products. I have been caught out by Tampax on a couple of occasions when I should have felt confident in their use. Their packaging advertises that they are suitable for over night or up to 8 hours use, however I have found anything longer than 5 hours to be risking failure especially if used overnight.
Tampax vary in price for between £1 a box in the likes of Wilkinson when on offer to £3 a box in motorway service stations. Best advice if you are going to purchase the worst feminine hygiene product in the market is to stock up in cheap places and don't forget them when you leave home!!
Personally I choose to use them only when I do exactly that and leave my favoured brand at home, am caught short and they are all the bloomin motorway services stocks.
The menstrual flow is something that many women will be "blessed" with for best part of 40 years of their lives. We will use on average 18 tampax per month, excluding any periods of pregnancy that is roughly 8640 tampons used in the course of our lifetime. Surely therefore we deserve discretion, we deserve comfort, we deserve reliability and the poor environment deserves 8640 environmentally friendly tampons!!!
C'mon tampax WAKE UP!! Your competitors are currently waaay ahead of you and I for one vote with my feet. Sort out the design so we feel more confident in your products, accept that women like to maintain a slight degree of discretion when nipping off to the loo in work hours that we want to be able to sneak your product into our pockets or hands without all and sundry knowing what we are doing and accept the damage that your plastic products in particular are capable of doing to the environment. Sort these issues out and I may well be back but for now I'll shall take my tampon money elsewhere.
I am not overly impressed with Tampax. I find the applicator a little difficult to handle: the material it's made of seems to 'stick' against itself sometimes, often halfway through use - which is a horrible situation to find yourself in. Also, I've found that if the tampons have been hanging around for a while (for example, if you buy in bulk when there's a special offer on), the applicators go a bit 'limp' and again the usability of them disintegrates. On top of that, I think the tampon itself is very slightly too long, and is not always that comfortable to use. Finally, you need to be able to carry a tampon around with you in your handbag for those unfortunate occasions when you're caught by surprise, but in my experience the paper packaging just does not survive being in a handbag for any length of time at all. It was this factor that eventually led me to change brands - I was so fed up of having to try and use a dog-eared, limp tampon when I was out and about. I now buy my tampons abroad: they are much better and much cheaper.
I will be honest, when I was 11 and i first started my period I was terrified at the thought of Tampons.
The day I first purchased a box of Tampax was fantastic, after an invite from my friends for a girly night out at the age of 16 I was desperate to wear my tight red dress! The only problem was my period.. i did not want eveyone to see the outline of my towel though my dress.
Off to the supermarket I went looking for the solution to my problem, which at the time seemed like the end of the world! Browsing up and down the 'lady' section in Asda I decided to go for the more well known Tampax rather than some of the other tampon brands.
I rushed home, read through the leaflet and had a quick look at the diagrams, tore open the green wrapper and had a good look at the tampon - yes I was confused.
I then had to stop - read the whole leaflet again and scare myself reading about the horrors of toxic shock sydrome if you forget to take the tampon out.
I managed to insert the tampon and was amazed that I could not feel it inside me. I then put on my dress and off I went. The only problem I had was worrying about forgetting it was there. Infact I did not think about anything else all night!
Every month I started to use Tampax and got more and more used to them. I now find Tampax very convenient and easy to use. I only need to change them every 8 hours, you cannot see them through my clothes and cannot feel them at all. I have tried other tampons such as liletts however without the easy applicator I found then very difficult to use.
If you have not yet tried Tampax I would advise you give them a go.
Tampax is a product that has been around for many of years and has got better and better as the years go by.
They are available in a range of products. Tampx are an applicator tampon that come in: Regular- This is for light to medium flow, Mini- This is for the same absorbency as regular but with a slim applicator for light to medium flow, Super- This is for medium to heavy flow, Super Plus- This is for very heavy flow, Mlti Pack- This includes super, regular and lites.
These are wrapped in a paper wrapper and the applicator is cardboard.
Tampax now also offer a compact range. This comes in regular, lites, super, super plus and multi which includes regular, super and multi.
These are wrapped in plastic and the applicator is also in plastic.
This range is good for fitting into a small bag, make up bag or purse. They are easily concealed. The applicator extends to make it the same size as an ordinary applicator.
Their newest range is Tampax Compact Fresh. These only come in regular or super. They have the same packaging and applicator as the Compact Tampax but they are scented.
They all come with instructions on how to use and advise on safety. This includes symptoms for TTS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), and tips on how to aviod it.
I have used these for alot of years now and sometimes I buy shops own brands as I feel you are paying for the name with these as they all do the same thing.
I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, we all know how some poeple get very embarrased about products such as a tampon. I myself was 22 before I could bring myself to buy them myself but us women need this important information so we are fully informed to make choices regarding intimate hygiene.
Tampax as you all I'm sure know are a long running manufacturer of femine hygiene products and they sell millions of products every year, it's easy to see why.
They have such a huge range of products available we women really are spoilt for choice.
Tampax tampons are comfortable to wear, very absorbant and hygienic. The string is double sewn so is very safe and you feel reassured that it is not going to snap.
Tampax also include a very informative leaflet in the box giving you usefull information such as how to avoid toxic shock syndrome, how to insert a tampon for those of you new to this and how to choose the best tampon style and absorbancy for your body. The website www.tampax.com is very usefull and contains lots of information to help you decide what tampon would most suit you.
I personally use Tampax compact as they are small enough to carry anywhere without anyone knowing what it is and the plastic applicator makes insertion very smooth and comfortable.
To anyone currently using another brand of tampon or not using tampons at all I would recomend giving these a try, you won't look back.
Okay i have been using tampons since i was about 14 (noo have i really had my period for 13 years poor me).. a lot of girls say they are scared to use tampons straight away but i used one the very first day i started and never looked back.. cant stand sanitary towels they are disgusting and smelly!
I always use the super plus tampons.. want them to last as long as possible and i get rather heavy periods.. well lets just say they are the best things ever made..
I have tried using other brands of tampon.. i.e asda own brand, tesco etc but nothing ever lives up to tampax they are the best and i would never bother trying any others anymore.
If you have never tried tried tampax tampons you really need to, its worth paying the extra £1 or so to buy them. Bless us ladies we just have to have em..
I'm going to take you back to my teenage years.
I was about 13 at the time and had been having a period for a couple of years. My stepmother always stocked me up with towels, The prefered brand was Always.
Anyway I lived with my dad and stepmum and used to visit my mother at the weekend.
During on weekend visit I noticed a box of TAMPAX on top of the bathroom cabinet.
Curiosity got the better of me as it does when you are a teenager and I opened the box and pulled one out.
I couldn't understand how they would work as it was a cardboard tube. I dug out the box the instructions and had a read.
Once I knew how to work the applicater I did what most teenagers did and shove it in the sink full of water. Come on admit it you did that too!!
So after my little play about I too started to use tampax when on my period. I told my stepmum and she was fine and so was my mum. So with a cupboard full of tampax mini tampons i was a happy girl.
I have continued with the brand tampax, I have tried other brands however tampax tampons are more comfortable and easier to insert and at £1.29 for a box cheap as well.
When it comes to tampons its quality not quanity.
I have been using tampax tampons, cardboard applicator, for 36 years now. Of course I have been totally happy, until they had to "improve" them. I will start with the paper wrapper. It is now bright yellow, almost orange. Great, if I lose it!!! The wrapper no long has the tear thread, so I rarely get it open in one try. Next, the cardboard applicator is now so hard to slide to insert, that I must slide it back and forth a couple of times, before trying to insert it. The new pinched in design does not help at all. Now about the tampon itself. It is so short, it has about an hours worth of absorbency, on heavy days. The skirt is a bit of help, I guess. But you get a lot more out of a longer tampon. I realize that I only will have a few years left of worrying about this stuff, but darn, it's frustrating! I will be searching for new brand next month. I've tried 3 of the giant sized Costco boxes of the new and improved Tampax, and now I'm done. I've tried to find the old Tampax, but to no avail. I would not recommend the new Tampax.
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.
Feminine hygiene products / Tampax is a top quality tampon because every detail is designed with you in mind / From the easy to open flushable wrapper to the secure string for easy removal / Tampax cardboard applicator; / Anti-slip grip for easy insertion; / Rounded applicator tip; / Up to 8 hour of clean feeling ; / Protection skirt / Regular / Light To Medium Flow (6-9g );