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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Dear Diary | 10 comments

Sponsored Post: The Coolest Tampon in the World

Gentlemen, I suggest you go ahead and X out of your browser now, because I cannot imagine a single way in which the following post will be either useful or relevant to you. Unless you’re interested purely in an academic sense, in which case, I suppose, read on.

So! Now that that’s out of the way, ladies… let’s dish. Because it’s about to get real up in this hizzy, and that can really mean only one thing: We’re talking about our periods. (See, guys? I warned you to get outta here!)

Ah yes, Aunt Flo, Dot, our Monthly Visitor, the Crimson Wave, or just our good, old-fashioned period. Whichever label you choose, I highly doubt any of you out there look forward to it on a monthly basis. I, in particular, dread it. And this is where we start to get personal (but, then again, it’s not exactly like I haven’t TMI’d you all many, many, many times before, eh?) because of the REASON I dread it. Which, actually, I’m sure you all can guess. But it’s because throughout my entire life I have had particularly heavy periods with outrageous, rhino-crippling cramps to go right alongside.

Oh, and did I mention that they lasted longer than the average bear period, too? Yep, my friends at school would be crying over their 4 – 5 day periods, and I’d still be clutching my abdomen with red fury at day 7 or 8. As if high school wasn’t terrible enough, right?

And it only made things worse that I would get my period every single month. Right on the dot. Like clockwork. Unlike my more irregular friends, who got the glorious reward of skipping their period every once in a while. (This is high school logic, mind you. I’m obviously very grateful that my body is so “normal” now… mostly.)

Anyway! So here you have high school Gretchen (well, middle-and-high-school Gretchen), who is stuck with a heavy flow on the reg, and all the joys that comes with that. Like… leaking. (I TOLD you we were getting personal!) I started out my period journey like most girls probably do — with pads. And no matter how huge and diaper-like and winged my overnight pads were, every single month, without fail, I would leak. Not so fun.

So when I finally made the switch to tampons, I naively thought, “At last! My days of leakage are over!” Well, guess who ended up having to be the girl wearing panty liners and pads WITH her tampons, because leakage was still such a big issue? Super comfortable, I tell you. Not to mention the fact that all those twirling-in-white-skirts-on-the-beach tampon commercials didn’t exactly make me feel better about myself. I mean, seriously. WHO WEARS WHITE BOTTOMS WHEN THEY’RE ON THEIR PERIOD?!

I felt like I was some kind of freak because of my non-white-wearability. Because my period was always so heavy, even tampons would fail me upon occasion. And because no, my period did not turn me into a delicate flower, it turned me into a psychotic ragebeast.

Unsurprisingly, when I lost some of my weight, my periods got a little better. BC helped too, of course, as most of you probably know it does. But there were many years of pseudo-adulthood prior to my weight loss, and I had to find a way to cope and not be constantly worrying about my nether-regions for multiple days a month.

Enter: U by Kotex.

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I still think I remember one of the first commercials I ever saw featuring the tampons in the black box. It was just a cool-lookin’ chick, talking frankly to the camera about unrealistic and silly tampon commercials. It was a “Get out of my brain!” kind of moment for me, because that’s how I’d felt my entire life. I’m pretty sure I bought my first box that day, and never looked back. Which is why when I got the opportunity to partner up with U by Kotex through the Clever Girls Collective to tell all you folks about why they rock. Because they do. And you heard it here first.

“But, Gretchen!” you say, “Isn’t the only difference between U by Kotex and any other brand of tampon the color of the box? That’s just packaging and marketing. Why do you think it’s so great?”

“Good question!” I reply. “And you’re right in that I do think that the packaging is pretty sweet. I mean, so shoot me, I appreciate a cool-looking tampon box. It made that one time I asked Sean to pick up a box for me from CVS slightly more bearable for him (well, he still thinks it was horrible, but I think we all know it could’ve been SO much worse for him). But regardless of what the tampons look like, there’s no denying how well they work — for me, at least!”

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The fact of the matter is, whether due to the fact that my period is slightly less horrifying now, or the fact that these tampons just really do work (or, perhaps most likely, a combination of both factors), I have yet to have a single, full-scale leak with these puppies. And I don’t even have to use the “Super Plus” kind to get it — I am fully spot-free just with the “Super” absorbency. The worst I’ve ever had is maybe a little bit of color from off of the string (have you run away screaming “CANNOT. HANDLE. THE. TMI!!!!” yet?). I do like the “Sleek” kind more than the “Click”, which are made for portability and hide-ability, but I can’t say I’m as big a fan of the applicator.

So, there you have it. My personal tampon preference, just in case you were interested, hahaha. And while yes, this is a sponsored post, I’m being totally honest when I say I’ve been exclusively using this brand for a long time — the fact that this opportunity came about was just gravy! If you’re interested in giving U by Kotex a try, they’ll even send you a free sample!

So lay it on me: have you ever tried this brand of lady-protection before? What do you think?

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I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Clever Girls Collective on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.

10 Comments

  1. Gosh, yes. I’ve been with you on all of these fronts at least some point in my life. The *worst* was when I had a leak at work and didn’t notice until my mom (thank God she’s a co-worker of mine so that a different co-worker didn’t have to ask) asked “What’s on the seat of your chair??” We have these beige-y office chairs and I completely did not notice a mark of shame on it. I was mortified and ended up raiding the first-aid kit so I could clean it with peroxide right away. And then I had to tell the admin assistant about what happened so that it could be professionally cleaned. Good thing she’s a woman, too.

    I still generally do not prefer using tampons because they don’t feel as hygienic, to me, to change. When I do, though, I really really like these ones. Although the plastic applicator is probably a lot less earth friendly than the old cardboard ones, it’s a helluva lot easier to insert.

    I don’t like the click ones either, because they tend to collapse when you’re trying to use the plunger.

    I would have to double check, but I think my usual preferred partner during the time of the month are Always Infinity–they’re super absorbent, odor free, and inconspicuous under clothes.

  2. Way to tackle this subject 😉 I still have issues paying more for fancy tampons- I tend to stick with store brand (oh the horror!) but I say whatever works and makes you feel good. I dread having to get back to having periods once my body readjusts to its pre-pregnancy self!!

  3. Hey, one time I tried to skip my period by starting a new birth control pack instead of my placebo week, but then instead my body flipped its shit and I got my period a few hours later and it lasted for five weeks straight and never in your life have you seen somebody purchase so many tampons YOU’RE WELCOME FOR THAT.

    But no, seriously, these tampons look pretty cool. I bet one time Regina George punched these tampons in the face. I bet if I went to the check-out counter with a box of these tampons and a box of obscure Italian chocolates, the cashier would have to read the label to know which was which. I’d definitely try these tampons based on that.

    • God, I’m SO sorry for laughing… but this comment was epic. I could totally see me doing something similar!

    • God, I’m SO sorry for laughing… but this comment was epic. I could totally see me doing something similar!

  4. I’ve started using the Click tampons – haven’t had any issues with the applicator, and the small size is nice for more discretely stashing one in my pocket at work for walking to the bathroom.

    Although I’d prefer products that are organic and not with plastic, it’s very convenient, and for dealing with something that’s kind of inherently inconvenient, whatever small conveniences (and yes, a fun looking package is one of those) I can get are going to win out!

    I’ve also bought a Diva cup, but need to practice using it more before I’ll be willing to get rid of tampons.

  5. Heh heh, when I saw your title in another friend’s blog feed, I HAD to click over!
    I’m showing my age by declaring my love for those lost-forever perfect tampons, the Rely:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_shock_syndrome#Rely_tampons

    Unfortunately, dumb-asses who DIDN’T CHANGE THEIR TAMPONS ON SCHEDULE, & hospitalized or killed themselves got this great product taken off the market, so I came to “rely” (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) on OB super-absorbent tampons – although nowadays w/infrequent, light periods I have switched to “normal” absorbency.
    (I object to the wastefulness inherent in those plastic applicators.)

    Hello, Aunt Flo?? After almost 40 yrs, can’t I be effing well DONE w/this nonsense?!?

  6. I’m a Playtex Gentle Guide girl for life.

    • Gentle GLIDE not sure why my computer changed it!

  7. I have just started using the Diva cup but I am not a fan, it seems like too much hassle for me so I am going back to the good old tampons.

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