Testers who tried all absorbencies of both Tampax Pearl and its new, near-identical organic version, Tampax Pure, preferred these applicator tampons to all the other brands they used. They praised the standard-size applicators, the relatively long and thick braided strings, and the uniquely sturdy, easy-to-open wrappers that made disposal of used tampons a breeze.
Of course, many people use tampons along with menstrual pads, which have long been overall the more popular choice. (Fun fact: Only Germans and Austrians have a higher tampon-use rate than Americans; people in much of the rest of the world rely even more exclusively on pads.) Period underwear designed to handle your flow and menstrual cups that come in a variety of sizes and shapes provide more options for managing your flow.
Since tampons are disposable, and the average person who menstruates will go through a lot of them (people using tampons regularly will use more than 10,000 tampons in their lifetimes2), cost is also a factor. Conventional tampons average out to around 18 per tampon, while organic brands tend to cost more than double that amount at 35 each, with some lines coming in around 50 per tampon.
We decided not to review scented tampons, as people might find various scents irritating. If your period is accompanied by strong, unpleasant odors, consult a doctor to make sure nothing else is going on.
After confirming that the tampons we considered all absorbed the amounts of liquid they were rated to hold, we focused our testing on real-world attributes, including the ease of unwrapping and insertion plus comfort during wear.
O.B. Pro Comfort tampons cost a bit more than the next-closest conventional competition (O.B. Originals), which shed more and our testers liked much less but are just as widely available. (O.B. is the only brand that sells conventional non-applicator tampons at most major US retailers.)
O.B. told us its Pro Comfort tampons contained the following: organic cotton (absorbent core and the veil around that absorbent core), organic cotton and water-repellent wax (string), cotton (thread), polypropylene-based film (wrapper).
Like the O.B. Pro Comforts version, the O.B. Organics tampons performed well on our fiber-shedding test. Whereas most organic applicator-free tampons we tried produced only a moderate amount of fuzz, others got pretty cotton-ball-like at the bottom and left behind some chunks of fiber on the string and on our hands. We found O.B. Organic tampons to be the least sheddy among organic digital competitors (they tied with tampons from Rael for this distinction).
Tampon manufacturers are not required to disclose exactly what is in their tampons or in what quantities. But New York is poised to become the first state to mandate that all menstrual product makers disclose all of their ingredients, and many other states are starting to follow suit. A handful of bills have also proposed that the US Congress require tampon manufacturers to disclose the chemicals and processes they use in manufacturing sanitary products.
TSS can result from things other than tampons, including menstrual cups. But the materials used in certain tampons made in the late 1970s and early 1980s (such as polyester foam and cross-linked carboxymethylcellulose) provided a particularly suitable environment for the bacteria that can cause TSS, and most people know about TSS because of the spike in tampon-related cases around that time.
Since the early 1980s, the FDA has required tampon manufacturers to put warnings about TSS on their boxes, reminding people not to leave tampons in for an extended period of time (eight hours tends to be the maximum). Because tampons are not sterile and can grow bacteria and mold after a certain period of time, tampon boxes must also include expiration dates, which you should check.
We will consider the moderately priced and social media fave The Honey Pot tampons for a future update to this guide. Likewise, Rael debuted an organic applicator tampon after we finalized our testing pool, and Seventh Generation recently downsized and revamped its tampon offerings. We will consider these brands in a future update.
More obvious targets would be the things that have caused the shortages of other products since the Covid-19 pandemic started, namely, shortages in raw materials, personnel, and manufacturing capacity. All three of these may apply to the tampon situation. Tampons commonly consist of cotton and rayon, a cotton byproduct, and cotton shortages have already been reported. Similarly, a March 26, 2021, Harvard Business Review article by Bindiya Vakil described supply chain issues with plastic, another key component of tampons.
Davis, 50, volunteers as executive director of Period Kits, a Colorado nonprofit that provides a three-month bag of tampons and pads to people in need. On lunch breaks from his full-time job in community relations or on weekends, he heads out to a food bank in Boulder or Civic Center Park in Denver to deliver free menstrual supplies to women experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.
Beyond tampon sizes, there are also tampon types: with or without applicators. Some may refer to non-applicator tampons as digital tampons or European tampons. Either way, these tampons do not have a plastic nor cardboard applicator surrounding the tampon insert.
Tampons also can come with or without deodorant. There's no need for deodorant in a tampon, though, because changing tampons regularly usually gets rid of any odor. The deodorant in tampons can irritate the vagina, and could cause an allergic reaction in some girls.
Some girls worry that tampons can get lost inside their bodies. But there is no way for this to happen. The vagina holds a tampon in place and the opening of the cervix (located at the top of the vagina) is too tiny for a tampon to get through.
It's important to change tampons often. A tampon that's left in too long won't get lost. But a girl may get a discharge, odor, or an infection. And never put a tampon in and leave it in all day or all night, even if you have a light period. Doing this puts girls at risk for a rare but very dangerous disease called toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
Choosing a type of period protection is up to you. Some girls like tampons because they're easy to store in a purse or pocket. Tampons and cups are also helpful for girls who do sports like swimming, since you can't wear a pad in the water.
Some girls prefer pads because they're easy to use and it's easier to remember when to change them because you can see them getting soaked with blood. And some girls with heavy periods use tampons together with pads or pantiliners for added protection against leaking.
9. Feminine hygiene products. This is a new (but long overdue) category of eligible products this year thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. You can now use your FSA dollars to buy pads, tampons, liners and even disposable and non-disposable period panties. You can also purchase alternative period products like menstrual cups and the Flex Disc.
ATTENTION: Tampons are associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare disease which may have serious consequences. Warning signs of TSS, e.g., sudden fever (usually 102deg. or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn. If these or other signs of TSS appear, remove the tampon at once and seek medical attention immediately. The risk of TSS exists for all people using tampons during their menstrual period. The reported risks are higher to people under 30 years of age and teenagers. TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. The incidence of TSS is estimated to be 1 to 17 cases per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year. The risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) increases with higher absorbency. Using tampons with the minimum absorbency needed to control menstrual flow in order to reduce the risk of contracting TSS. Avoid the risk of getting tampon-associated TSS by not using tampons, and reduce the risk of getting TSS by alternating tampon use with sanitary napkin use during menstrual periods. Seek medical attention before again using tampons if TSS warning signs have occurred in the past, or if women have any questions about TSS or tampon use.
One of the most confusing and widely feared beliefs that we came across however, was the idea that the use of tampons can actually take your virginity. Prof. Dr. Nugroho Kampono of the Brawijaya Women & Children Clinic told VICE Indonesia that \"Culturally, in Indonesia, the breaking of the hymen means that the girl is no longer a virgin. The hymen can also break from trauma through sport or cycling and so on.\"
I think they are just afraid of it. You know, for some Indonesians inserting anything into your private parts is taboo. Many think that tampons can tear your hymen, and here, many think that this means you have lost your virginity.
Tampons are expensive in Indonesia. They're not as popular as pads, so they aren't made locally, which means tampons sold in Indonesia are imported. The price can be five to eight times higher than pads. A box of 20 tampons can cost you Rp 150,000, while a pack of 20 pads costs a mere Rp 20,000. Only certain people are able to afford tampons. 781b155fdc