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      25.11.2014 18:48

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      absolute shite!!!!

      What a load of shit!!! I have used Tampax tampons with applicator for over 20years and had no problems with them at all but being a single mother of 3 sometimes I try to save a bit of money and decide to buy a supermarkets own brand. I have used Asda's applicator tampons and they have been no different to Tampax. So, I decided whilst in Tesco to buy their own brand to try and save a bit of money. Well what a disaster. Out of a box of 20 I would say I managed to get 5 of them to actually go in using the applicator. No matter how much I push the applicator, no matter how hard or how gently or how different a grip did I get I could not get the tampons in using the applicators. I had to take them out of the applicator and put them in without which I don't like doing hence why I always buy them with applicators. I was stood there in tears trying my hardest to get the end bit of cardboard to go into the top bit of cardboard where it pushes the tampon in but it would not budge. I threw away half the pack after failed attempts and then having blood all over them I have had to throw it away and either start again with the applicator or just dispose of the applicator and do it without. Absolutely dreadful. If this had been my 15 year old daughter who has only just started using tampons she would have been well freaked out as to why they didn't work. Not once have I ever had this problem with Tampax so I shall be sticking with them from now on despite them being more expensive as its simply not with the trauma of standing in the toilet in tears with a pile of unused tampons on the floor! Dreadful. Do not buy these!!! Unless you want a mental breakdown!! I was late for the school run because I couldn't get the stupid thing in!!

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      15.07.2013 17:12
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      A good value essential item!

      ---Intro---
      My first experience with Tesco tampons was pretty awful. It was when I was at University and my parents kindly offered to take me shopping to stock me up with food and essentials. These essentials included a packet or two of Tesco tampons (although mostly a user of Lil-lets, I wanted to save them a bit of money so I could sneak some cheeky bottles of wine into the trolley).

      When we got to the till and were putting the items on the conveyer belt, one of the boxes broke and the tampons went EVERYWHERE! I still recall my dad scrabbling around on the floor trying to pick them up, while the shop assistant VERY loudly asked a colleague to go and get another packet of Tesco tampons from the shelf. I was mortified!

      Although I used the tampons, I was scarred by the experience, and it took me at least 5 years before I dared get them again.


      ---Using the tampons---
      Women seem to all have different preferences for sanitary items. One of my friends can't use tampons full-stop. Personally I HATE sanitary towels and avoid them whenever possible. As for applicators, many women prefer them. However I much prefer non-applicator tampons, I find them much easier to use (I sometimes end up wasting applicator ones as I must insert them wrongly and then have to try another one...or they don't go in far enough and I end up having to do it manually anyway), and I don't think that hygiene is really an issue as I always wash my hands before and afterwards.

      Tesco do both applicator and non-applicator tampons. My review focuses on the non-applicator ones since that is what I use. Mine are in a card box which is mainly an orangey colour.

      Each tampon is wrapped in plastic and is fairly easy to remove simply by twisting with your hands going different ways. I always put the plastic in the bin. However the tampons should flush down most toilets (unless of course there is a sign up saying not to put in the toilet - or if at my parent's house where it is an unwritten rule due to the old plumbing - my poor sister-in-law didn't know this rule when she was first with my brother and ended up blocking the toilet, she was so embarrassed!) - I always check!

      The Tesco tampons insert easily, and feel comfortable (i.e. I can't feel them). They are absorb well, and I have never had any problems with leakage. Like most tampons they can be left in for up to a maximum of 8 hours. Obviously frequency of changing will depend very much upon the individual (although you should use one appropriate to how heavy your period is) and I don't need to go into too much detail. They are easy to remove, and the string is easy to locate!


      ---Other---
      The tampons come with the usual instruction leaflet, which I used to study in explicit detail BEFORE I even started my periods (just to be prepared) and then as a new user of tampons. Obviously if you've never read one, then you should. As the daughter of a GP I recall my dad saying that one of the worst aspects of his job had been removing a tampon which a woman had forgotten she had inserted - weeks earlier. Yes...really - that was a lovely dinner time conversation we had! She was very lucky really, as Toxic Shock Syndrome can kill.

      They cost just £1.20 for 24 tampons, but you can get 2 packets for £2. They come in different absorbencies, but I'm mostly lucky enough to be able to stick with regular. Some might argue that sanitary products should be available free from the NHS after all they are a necessity for women. However, having experienced the hideous sanitary towels which the NHS give out in hospitals...well, I think I'll stick with buying my own!


      ---Finally---
      I think that these tampons are just as good as the more expensive brands and I usually get these or the ones from Asda depending on where I'm shopping. However, I do still tend to go with Lil-lets if they are on special offer, but this is probably mostly due to the psychological scars that I still have from the exploding Tesco tampon box incident, which was back in the year 2000!

      5 out of 5 stars from me.

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        05.10.2011 15:17
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        Why pay more?

        As a female, dealing with periods is just something that we have to do. I like them to pass as quickly and as easily as possible! I have used many different methods of dealing with this dreaded time and tampons are just one of them. These are one of my favourite methods though; simply because they are much more discreet and I feel more hygienic.

        When choosing tampons, I have always picked well known brands such as Tampax but as the price has gradually risen to practically extortionate levels, I decided to try an own brand and as I shop at Tesco, I bought some of theirs. (The charging of VAT on these items is such a source of irritation to me. )
        I was quite surprised by the price difference and paid £2.50 for two boxes of 30 as they were on offer. I chose the applicator ones as I prefer this type and as these are usually the more expensive type of tampons; I was pleasantly surprised by the price.

        *Description*

        Each tampon comes in wrapper that is labeled with yellow writing. Each different tampon absorbency has a colour. Regular flow is yellow and this is a common theme through different brands. Regular absorbency tampons hold from six to nine grams. Many women find that regular absorbency tampons are good for most of the days of their periods.

        Each tampon has a biodegradable applicator with Anti-Slip Grip. Each tampon is well made with the string knitted throughout the tampon.

        *My experiences*

        I have been using tampons for the majority of my adult life and have tried so many brands. I was so surprised to find that these tampons were practically identical to the leading brands, but for half the price.
        They are well made and absorbent and I find them a reliable product. I am really glad that I have tried this brand because I am saving so much money. I actually believe that women should be provided with sanitary care on the NHS, however using this cheaper brand has helped my purse a lot.

        The tampons do exactly what they are supposed to and I find them comfortable to wear. They sit nicely inside me and are easy to insert. I do find that sometimes the applicator can be a little slippery and need to make sure that my fingers are bone dry before taking hold of it. The anti slip grip is not really what it makes out and I still struggle to hold it.

        My only drawback of this product is the thin wrapper. I have carried loose tampons around in my bag and the wrapper has worked loose and broken away leaving a tampon floating round my bag. I have to then throw it away and replenish my handbag stock. I have used other brands with a thicker, heavier duty wrapper and not had this problem.

        *How to use*

        * Remember to wash your hands before and after inserting and removing the tampon.
        * You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours
        * Be sure to use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow.
        * Always remove your used tampon before inserting a new one.
        * Be sure to remove your last tampon at the end of your period.
        * If you wish to use this product overnight, you may do so, provided that you insert a fresh tampon before retiring and remove it immediately upon waking. You should never wear a tampon for more than 8 hours to reduce the risk of TSS during your menstruation.

        *Overall*

        Why pay for branded products when supermarket product are just as good?

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          29.07.2011 17:58
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          No need to spend any more

          I am one of the few lucky ladies out there who don't generally have to worry about the monthly cycle due to the wonders of the injection however I have in the past had to deal with the monthly problems and when I did I would always choose an own brand product.

          One of the many products I use to use and do still have at hand just incase are Tescos applicator tampons, in the range there are regular, super and super plus in either applicator or non applicator and then there are lite tampons available with an applicator. The range cost £1.30 a box and you get 20 if you would like an applicator and 24 if you buy them without the applicator, personally I always picked the applicator version and was always lucky enough to only need the regular option.

          The tampons come in a light pink box which is sealed with a circular see through sticker at either end so you know when they have been opened which I think is good as you know they haven't been tampered with before you have got them. The box is quite discreet and doesn't jump out from the shelves at you, it displays the name of the product and that they are from Tesco and have a picture of a tulip on the box. Along the bottom of the box there is a yellow strip which on one side states that they are regular and shows two droplets shapes which is for how absorbent they should be, on the other side of the yellow strip is a drawn picture of a tampon which shows that these particular ones have an applicator. On the box it states that these give 'effective protection' and 'gentle lengthways expansion"

          Inside the box each tampon is individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper which is white and has yellow bits on it, you have to pinch the two sides of the wrapper and pull to open which is easy to do. The applicator works well and puts the tampon where it should be, the tampon feels comfortable to wear and feels soft if you feel one out of the applicator.

          I don't think there is any need to buy more expensive products as these do the job perfectly as far as my experience goes, they are comfortable, a decent price, stay put and have great absorbency, what else do you want from a tampon? The only issue with using an applicator tampon is that you mustn't flush the applicator down the toilet so I always made sure there was somewhere suitable to dispose of them when using them in public.

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            02.06.2011 17:14
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            Absorbant bargain.

            In an attempt to save money I am always trying to swap named brand purchases for cheaper, supermarket equivalents. This doesn't stop with personal products and I tried and then converted to Tesco's own tampons a couple of years ago. I have had no reason to be disappointed since.

            The first thing that really stands out with Tesco's tampons is the price. They are below half the price of the named brand equivalents, which really makes a difference with these sorts of products. You can pick up a pack of 32 non applicator for around 90 pence.

            In appearance the tampons are almost identical, they have exactly the same packaging (a 100% recyclable outer box) and plastic close wrapping which you just twist to remove. The tampons need to be applied yourself, unless you buy the applicator ones which are a little more expensive. A bit of practise tends to perfect either technique. They come with a string which you can use to pull them out.

            The tampons themselves have always done a fantastic job for me. The are equally as absorbant as any named brands I have tried (and I have tried a wide range as I got tons of samples at school!!). They are just as easy to apply, they last just as long, and are nice and easy to take out. I have absolutely no faults or downsides to these and would definitely recommend them. My purse recommends them also!

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            25.11.2010 02:43
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            A good, economical buy I have had no problems with at all really

            When it comes to tampons they are really not something I pay much attention to really. Of late I have gone into Asda picked up some 'Moxies' and been happy with them. I like the quality and the packaging and it was simply something I no longer had to think about. However my local Asda has stopped stocking them and I didn't know what to do. Then the dreaded time of the month popped along and I had to get something and hurry up about it. My local Metro Tesco doesn't have a lot of sanitary items to choose from and their Tampax offerings were were expensive and for large quantities so when I spotted a box of these costing £1.20 for 32 of them I thought I'd give these a go.

            The Packaging:

            Light pink box that has an opening to the top of it. On the sides of the box we are told that they are Tesco 'Non-Applicator' Tampons 'Effective protection, gentle witdthways expansion' and that they are regular tampons and of course that in my box there is 32 of them. Information on the bottom of the box includes being told a bit about the product and lots of important information is given and contact details for Tesco are listed. It's a nice enough box with red tulips on it and informative as it needs to be and there is a pamphlet inside giving much the same information as what is on the box really.

            The Tampons:

            Each tampon is individually wrapped in a see-through wrapper with gold arrows to its middle and you simply twist that off. Its a bit annoying trying to get that wrapper off but it does remove.

            What you get is a cotton tampon, a couple of inches long with a rounded end and small lined ridges that are not very deep around it. To the base of it there is a doubled up piece of light turquoise cotton which is about 6 inches long and its well sewn into and secure within the tampon.

            Like any non applicator tampon its tricky to insert and I always think and if using tampons for the first time (or first few times) that tampons with applicators are best and lets face it, it can become a messy business without an applicator however less to carry about with you on the go and certainly less to dispose of.

            I find these not very big but of decent quality. Course there different absorbencies and depending on flow we all have to change them at different intervals, however I found them to be very safe and secure and although they expand when in use I have found them to do that comfortably and so I didn't notice and easy and straightforward to remove. It doesn't say if on the packaging whether these should be flushed or not but it doesn't say they can't be either. Personally, at home I have little bags to pop them in the bin but when I've been out and had to dispose of one I have flushed and they have vanished.

            All in all I think these are a decent buy. Like I stated earlier I find the plastic on each tampon a bit fiddly to remove with my butter fingers and if I had noticed they were tampons with no applicators, being honest I would have chosen something else as I prefer ones with however I think these are rather good and value for money and given me no grief at all!

            I paid £1.20 for a box of 32 regulars however they do come in different absorbencies and with/without applicators all at different prices.

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              10.07.2010 12:54
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              no one will ever know you buy cheap tampond... save the money here and spend it on something more e

              Periods are a big enough pain without being a money drain to. I would have always gone for the big brands because lets face it you do not want anything to go wrong in this department; but in a moment of pure madness I selected the cheap option and I have never looked back. I notice very little difference except in the price. The packaging, quality, size and quantity will not let you down when you need it most. I would recommend anyone to give it a go and see if you notice the difference, in these days of credit crunch what spend more than you have to. Save some money here and then you will be able to buy more shoes because lets face it, no one will ever know you buy cheap tampons but they will notice and complment your lovely new shoes... give it a go... you know you want to.

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                06.07.2010 21:03
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                Tesco Own Brand Tampons

                Tesco Compact Applicator Tampons are more often than not sat on the shelf in the supermarket alongside the leading brands. The primary difference is the price. Whilst the likes of Tampax and Lil Lets offer a recognised name, they also offer a premium price, with Tesco selling their range at half the cost. Tesco Tampons are not usually sold in smaller Tesco Metros or Petrol Stations stores.

                I do not intend to launch into a guide on how to use a tampon because if you don't know then you probably don't need to nor want to. This review is purely on the product.

                Firstly I bought 3 packs of 16 of these in the Tesco bargain bin for .50p each. I believe they retail at less than £2 a pack normally. I purchased a "regular" product whereby the box was pink, slightly shiny in appearance and approximately 4 inches in width, depth and length. The image of a tulip is printed on the front of the box and there is general information on the back. The top right corner of the front of the box says how many tampons the box contains and along the bottom is the word "regular" next to two tear drops indicating the absorbency of the product. A picture of the tampon is also on the box. The lid is sealed with a small transparent plastic sticker which once removed enables the product to be opened and closed easily. Tesco Tampons is emblazoned across the left centre of the box so you cannot fail to know what you have bought. I cannot give you more information because I removed the boxes and recycled them as soon as I got home, opting to place my tampons in a basket for easy access.

                Each individual tampon is individually wrapped in a hygienic plastic wrapper. Each end of each tampon is sealed in a way which makes it easy to tear open. The packaging is decorated with yellow butterflies, a tear line is indicated down one side and there is a picture clearly stating that the product is not to be put down the toilet. The word "regular" is also written on it in French. The wrapper easily opens in one movement opening up to a plastic applicator tampon. Unlike the non compact applicator tampons which are made from cardboard, these ones are a shiny smooth plastic with a rounded tip for easy insertion.

                Before use the compact applicator needs to be opened, it is obvious which end need to be pulled away from the main part as there is a string or "tail" attached to it. Once you can feel the applicator click into place and you are sure that the pressure placed on it will release the tampon from the applicator you are ready to go. The whole product is approximately 4 inches in length when ready to use and 2.5 in length prior to opening.

                Now personally I have nothing good to say about this product. I really dislike it. Whilst I have no hesitation in buying Tesco Applicator Tampons (£1.97 for 30) I will not be even finishing the boxes of these that I have.
                When I first used this product I thought that I was going mad. Doing something wrong, despite years of experience. But no, this tampon is VERY uncomfortable. The reason for this is solely down to the compact applicator. Unlike the cardboard applicators which are extremely easy to use, this variety fails to release the tampon from the applicator meaning that after much manoeuvring the product is not where it should be, often much lower and therefore quite uncomfortable. On several occasions I have given up and started again afresh.

                How can it go so wrong? Well the applicator looks fine when you click it into place, but once pressure is applied and the two pieces of the applicator are level again the tampon is getting stuck on the internal applicator part. The internal part of the applicator has on the end soft plastic in the shape of a turret. By this I mean the external rounded end opens up to reveal the internal part of the applicator which forces the tampon out of the product - this then sits approximately 4/5 mm above the outer plastic case. These are small in diameter than the outer case therefore effectively holds onto the base of the tampon pulling it back on removal of the applicator rather than releasing it.

                For me this is just not comfortable nor is it enabling me to get on with my normal day. I worry about leakage due to where the tampon is positioned and it needs removing much sooner than it's non compact counterpart because as all tampons do, it moves during use.

                I would not recommend this product due to the above problem and I now have many unused tampons in my bathroom waiting to go in the bin.
                If you want a cheaper product than the brand names I would opt for the non compact Tesco Variety as the price is excellent and I cannot fault the design.

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                  24.05.2009 19:22
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                  Good Quality Cheap Applicator Tampons

                  Great on Price, very similar to other own brands in packaging, the outer box is pretty plain with the picture of a tulip on the front and a band of colour to denote absorbency.
                  Purple = Mini (only available in Multi pack)
                  Yellow = Regular
                  Green = Super
                  Orange = Super Plus

                  But it's whats inside that counts and getting inside is easy just peal off sticky tape and your are in, the box can be resealed so no problems there.
                  The tampons themselves are in paper wrappers that have coloured writing on that match the absorbency rating and are easily opened, the tampon is made from either cotton, rayon or a mixture of cotton/rayon absorbent fibres, the cardboard applicator has a rounded tip to ease insertion which it does and could be flushed if needs must.

                  Also inside the box you will find a guide to "Tesco Applicator Tampons".
                  This has a lagre section on the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS for short.

                  And the normal how to use guide, the most important things to do when inserting a tampon (after you've washed your hands) is to find a comfortable position and to RELAX.
                  The positions listed in the guide are "stand or squat slightly with you legs apart, or stand with one foot on a chair or the toilet seat".
                  This is how I do it.

                  Personally I find sitting on the toilet with my legs apart or standing with one leg on the toilet seat most comfortable and therefore relaxing but what I find comfortable you may not so each to thier own.
                  once I've removed the wrapper I always check that the removal cord is hanging out of the end of the applicator then I hold the applicator at the grooved end with my thumb and middle finger and place my index finger on the plunger end (the end without the rounded tip) .
                  I use my other hand to gently fold back the skin covers the opening to my vagina.
                  I place the rounded tip of the tampon to my vaginal opening, point the tip towards my lower back ( not straight up).
                  RELAX and insert the tampon until my fingers holding the tampon touch my body I now push the plunger tube inside the bigger tube with my index finger once the plunger tube is inside the bigger tube I carefully remove both tubes the removal cord will now be visible coming out of my vagina.
                  Tampons should be changed every 4-6 hours depending how heavy your flow is, if like me you are "blessed" with very flow this will be the sooner of the 2 times.

                  To remove a tampon I find the best way is to sit on the toilet RELAX and gently pull the removal cord, once out I place it a nappy sack and then in a bin.
                  Then I wash my hands and repeat the whole process again (6 days of hell).

                  Tesco apllicator tampons do the job well however as far as I'm aware Super Plus are only available in 12 packs and not in 30 packs , Pack of 12 for 58p that's 4.8p a tampon that's over 6p cheaper than the main brands so that's a bargain in my book.

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                  14.05.2009 01:56
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                  A guide to Tesco Tampons!

                  Never thought I'd be doing a review on tampons! Last week I found myself out of Tampons and in the feminine hygeine aisle in Tescos. Now even though I try to get value/own brand on everything I buy I always seem to pick up Tampax without even thinking. Like they're the only brand there is!

                  Soooooo my eyes fell upon the little pink boxes on the lower shelves which proudly proclaimed Tesco Tampons and I decided to investigate. Tesco Regular Applicator Tampons cost 3.9p each (in a box of 30) and Tampax Regular Applicator Tampons cost 9.1p each (in a box of 40), doesn't sound like much but it all adds up! I decided to buy....

                  I purchased a box of Regular Applicator Tampons (30) which cost me £1.16, you can get non-applicator (32) for £1.20 which actually works out cheaper but I absolutely hate them so no. The box is pink/purple in colour with a yellow band at the bottom (the universal colour for regular apparantly) and a picture of a tulip assumably to make us feel a bit more feminine.

                  They claim to have 'effective protection' and 'gentle lengthways expansion.'

                  The tampons themselves come in a smooth cardboard applicator with a rounded tip for easy insertion and they are wrapped in a white and orange paper cover. They also come with a leaflet warning you about TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and tell you to change them every 4-8 etc.

                  I think they are very competively priced and they are very efficient, no difference from Tampax. I guess there's not much else to say when it comes to talking about Tampons! The only thing that lets them down is that there is no 'Compact' range. When you use Compax for years like I have it is very odd to have these huge things in your bag but I guess since there is no plastic they are more environmentally friendly.

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                    14.05.2009 00:04
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                    Tesco's regular tampons are as good as others on the market but cheaper

                    All us ladies know that the one time of the month that we cannot afford to use sub standard products. I always preferred Lilet's tampons to Tampax as I found Tampax really long and did not expand as much. When I tried Tesco's regular tampons a couple of years ago I found them pretty much identical to Lilets yet at a fraction of the price. Tesco's regular tampons being £1.20 per 32 and Lilets being £2.96 for 32. However my preference for the Tesco's brand stops at the regular size. I found that the larger sizes of the Tesco's brand were not actually much bigger than the regular and were actually less absorbent. On the days when I needed super or super plus I had to switch back to Lilets. I'm not sure if Tesco do the smaller sizes so in conclusion Tesco's regular tampons are ace but don't bother with the other sizes.

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                    15.07.2007 15:30
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                    Women: organise about this

                    It is 2007, and Tesco's super tampons must be manufactured in pygmyland, as they have undergone so many downsizings (but not in price) ! Why can't we pay more, perhaps, and be respected as consumers - do they really think women don't notice ? Nobody on the continent would put up with this lack of quality control and lack of respect for the customers - I thought tampons were sitting between pharmacy and personal care items, hence protected of this scam in some ways.

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                      About 2 weeks go I walked back in to the bedroom after my shower to discover that my darling little son (aged 16 months) had found my Tampax in a drawer and taken them all out. Not only had he taken them out though he had sat there with his teeth and pulled the papers off, pulled out the tampons and chewed the cardboard applicators! After a minor panic (and after cleaning the mess up) I decided that if he was going to find them in very carefully hidden places them perhaps I should look for a cheaper alternative to Tampax. After a quick browse around Dooyoo I discovered, to my surprise, that Tesco have their own brand of applicator Tampons. I say surprised as I’d never noticed any on the shelf when purchasing my regular brand and until I saw the opinions on them I had never even heard them mentioned! The following Saturday I duly put ‘Tampons’ on the shopping list and went off happily with Nick to spend all of his hard earned cash. Upon reaching the isle where the Women’s sanitary products are it took me a few moments to find what I was looking for. I could see bright blue Tampax, colourful Lilets, Green and Purple Towels – but couldn’t see anything with Tesco stamped on it. Just as I was about to give up I spotted some very discreet boxes near the bottom of the shelving. After close inspection I realised that this was what I was looking for – 32 Applicator Tampons, Regular – priced at £1.97 (a box of 30 Tampax costs £2.62!). As I’ve already said the packaging was very discreet. The box is rectangular shaped and is coloured silver/grey with a blue box in the middle with the description of the product. On the back of the box is the general information about the tampons and the Tesco quality guarantee. It says that the tampons have been designed to make sure that we (as women) have “maximum protection, comfort and discretion”. It has the following three state
                      ments · The round ended applicator eases insertion · Gentle widthways expansion ensures a secure fit and full protection · Moisture proof overwrap, with easy opening tear strip Unlike Tampax tampons, Tesco tampons are only available in two absorbencies Regular – which is for light to medium flow Super – for medium to heavy flow Inside the box there is a small leaflet (it’s folded into a tiny square and you almost have to empty the box out to find it!) which gives information on: * What the Tampon’s do and don’t contain, - they’re made from a cotton and viscose mixture, they’re bleached but not using a chlorine bleaching process and they don’t contain any fragrances, deodorant, or super absorbent materials. * How to make sure you’ve chosen the right sized tampon – this isn’t really too difficult a job with these Tampons as you’ve only got 2 sizes to choose from! Basically you should use the lightest absorbency to suit your needs. * Do’s and Don’ts. This is a good basic list of things you should and shouldn’t do while using a tampon. It includes things like don’t wear a tampon unless you’ve got a period, make sure you wash your hands before and after inserting them and don’t use two tampons at once. There are obviously a few more things on the list than that – but that’s the common gist of it……..common sense! * Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – This is a rare but very serious illness which is caused by toxins which are produced by the bacteria ‘Staphylococcus aureus’ which is found in the nose and vagina. This illness can occur in men, women and children, although about half of the cases happen in menstruating women and girls. Menstrual TSS has been linked to tampon use and is more likely to occur in teenage girls and women under 30
                      than in older women. It is very important to recognise and treat the symptoms as early as possible. It can happen anytime during menstruation or just afterwards and can progress very quickly from flu-like symptoms to a serious illness that can kill. The symptoms listed below may be present, but you might not have them all Symptoms - High Fever - Vomiting - Diarrhoea - Rash that looks like sunburn - Dizziness - Muscle Aches - Fainting or near fainting when standing up In later stages of the illness your skin may start peeling. If you have ANY of these symptoms immediately - remove the tampon - seek medical attention - Tell the doctor that you’ve been using a tampon and are worried about TSS If you’ve already had TSS you can still get it again and if you have had symptoms of TSS in the past them you should talk to your doctor before using tampons. It is possible to reduce the risk of menstrual TSS by using a sanitary pad, instead of a tampon, at least once each day and by using the tampon with lowest absorbency required to meet your needs. Of course you can essentially get rid of the risk of menstrual TSS by not using tampons. Sorry for going on a bit about that section but I think it’s really important that anyone who uses tampons knows and understands about this illness. * How to insert the tampon – a fairly concise description – with pictures – of how to insert a tampon. It might seem quite obvious to most of us but if you’re a first time user then it can be a little confusing. *How to remove the tampon and dispose of it – just what it says!! Right, you’ve got through the leaflet now it’s onto the product itself. As soon as I took one of the tampons out of the box there were two things that struck me. Firstly the packaging (overwrap) is plastic! It’s actually white plastic
                      with bits of blue writing on it saying “Regular”, “Bag it and Bin it, don’t flush it” (telling you not to throw the wrapper in the loo) and “Tear Along Arrow”. This latter instruction, obviously, tells you how to get into it. This was a process I found much easier than with Tampax. As I mentioned earlier Tampax have a paper wrapper, and although it’s supposed to be easy to open….it’s not. With the Tesco tampon I can open the wrapper in one go, I simply tear at one end of the plastic and it pulls a strip off all the way down to the other end (a similar method to the red tabs on biscuits….except this works). The second thing I noticed was that the Tampon seemed much thinner than the Tampax regular. This concerned me at first – I sometimes find the Tampax regular to be too thin – but after using them for a couple of days I can now say that this doesn’t hamper their performance. Once you’ve taken off the wrapper the applicator looks very much like any other applicator – it’s white, cardboard and is rounded at the end that you insert. The only visible difference between this Tampon and Tampax Tampons, once the wrapper is off, is that Tesco have a white string attached and not a blue one. The string, by the way, looks very firmly attached…..I followed my son’s example and pulled a tampon out of the cardboard tube just to check ;-) After inserting a tampon for the first time I went about my business as usual. At no point have I felt uncomfortable with these tampons in, neither have I felt worried about ‘leaking’. I’m so notorious for ‘leaking’ that I always wear a panty liner (I’ve just discovered the Tesco Tri-Active ones – but that’s for another op) but have been surprised to find that I don’t seemed to have leaked at all during this last period! The only problem I can
                      see with this brand is the limited absorbency range – I should imagine that if you have VERY heavy period then these probably won’t be suitable. However, I can’t believe that these Tampons have been sitting on a shelf underneath the most expensive brand without me noticing them. I wish I could have said that I’d been using them for years and saving myself loads of money in the process. However, I can’t – this is only the first month I’ve used them and I’m certainly not disappointed. Next time my son decides to play ‘mice’ with my Tampons (if he can chew through the plastic) I won’t panic at all, I’ll just buy another box of bargains at Tesco.

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                        17.01.2002 07:13
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                        Sorry men and boys, this is one of my now rare non-alcohol related opinions and to cap it all it's going to be about girly things too! Periods - no woman can surely claim to like, enjoy or look forward to the experience or enjoy paying the ridiculous prices charged for sanitary products to keep you clean, comfortable and protect your clothes - hardly a joy is it? So again, like with most products I buy when it comes to such items, I go for shop brands as the price is generally more reasonable while the product remains much the same. During my "time of the month", or whatever you prefer to call it, I use a combination of regular towels, panty liners and tampons depending on where I am, time of day, menstrual flow etc. There is a plethora of sanitary products available to women out there and it is quite an expensive minefield to find what suits you as it is obviously a very personal thing. Given that I do most of the bulk of my grocery and household shopping from Tesco supermarket I also get most of my sanitary products from there too and usually opt for their own branded ones. For some time I have used their brand of applicator tampons and I am perfectly happy with them. A box of 32 regular absorbency applicator tampons costs just under £2.00 which I consider to be a good price compared to established brands such as Tampax and the product is just as good and efficient. The tampons are packed in a modern looking silver and blue box and individually wrapped in white plastic wrappers. They have a smooth cardboard applicator tube and soft rounded ends for easy, comfortable insertion. As ever, with most tampons, they come with detailed instructions on usage - frequency of changing (4-8 hours), disposal, ideal absorbency etc together with the standard warning about Toxic Shock Syndrome - a rare but potentially fatal condition that can be caused by incorrect tampon usage. This particular brand is onl
                        y available in regular or super absorbencies in boxes of 16 or 32 at a very competitive price. I have used these for some years and find them easy to use and very efficient - no leakage or discomfort. As far as such products go they are certainly very competitive in price and efficiency and I am happy to continue using them. There's not much else you can say about tampons really is there?!

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                          16.03.2001 06:35
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                          This week whilst doing my usual weeks shop in Tescos I had the unexpected surprise of finding my usual brand of tampons (tampax) sold out apart from the 'minis'. As these cannot hold a mouse's period, I had to go for Tescos own brand tampons. I didn't mind too much as their other own brand products are usually high in standard, and equally as good as the pricier well known brands. This time unfornately I was wrong. Although they are at a good price compared to Tampax, at just £1.49 for a box of 32, I found them a really low quality product. I bought my usual 'Super' size but found the Tescos ones to be a lot smaller, they look about the size of a Tampax 'regular'. Also I found that they didn't hold the fluid very well, I had to change them more regularly, and found that they leaked quie often. Now, this bit is not too pleasant, but when removing them, I found that the string pulled the inside of the cotton away first, dragging the outer part out afterward. This left me quite uncomfortable and worried that there may be cotton left inside. This is not the sort of thing you expect from a product of this type. Although cheaper, you expect them to be of a high quality. I would definately not recommend these to a friend, and nor would I use them myself. I have complained to the company and am waiting for a response, I will update my opinion if anything comes of it.

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