Big or small?
All tampons have an indicator for the amount of blood they can handle: one, two or three drops, or mini, normal and super. This has nothing to do with the size of your vagina, but everything with the amount of blood coming out. If you’re using a tampon for the first time, choose the smallest size and replace it every few hours.
Every menstruation is different. Some people get Aunt Flo visiting for five days, others only have to entertain her for two days. Hence why not everybody uses the same size of tampons. Also, all bodies are different, so the same size won’t be comfortable for everyone.
House brand or fancy brand?
Does the cheaper house brand feel good? No leaking? Then don’t get tempted by shiny packages and the promise of a silky feeling. In the end, it doesn’t really matter.
That depends who you ask of course. One woman will go for the more expensive brand, the other is happy with the cheaper one. It depends on what you want to pay, but more importantly, on what’s most comfortable.
With or without applicator?
Some women find it easy to insert a tampon, for others it’s a bit harder. Or maybe you don’t like to touch your vagina with your fingers? There’s a solution: the applicator.
The tampon is the same as a regular one, but the applicator that comes with it doubles the size. This makes them easy to recognize by the long box. In countries such as Holland and Germany applicator tampons aren’t very popular, whereas in the UK they’re a common sight and in the United States they’re the most frequently used type of tampons.
Organic or not?
It’s causing a lot of commotion: ordinary tampons would contain toxins. Since there’s no mandatory ingredients list, what exactly the tampons are made of remains a well-kept secret; quite strange for products that are worn internally. No wonder many new ‘green’ tampon brands are launched.
But don’t be fooled by an eco-looking packaging alone: real organic tampons are made from organic cotton (cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world and traces of those pesticides can be found in the final product) and bleached with hydrogen peroxide (instead of chlorine). Not only better for your vagina, also for the environment.