Tales from the Front Line(r) #1: “I was just in a groove”
Choosing to try tampliners might feel like a bit of a leap. How exactly do they work? Are they really any better than normal tampons or pads? How do you wee with one in? We thought it’d be interesting to ask people who use tampliners how they got started. Since we’re used to talking about our vaginas A LOT these days, we’re starting with the Callaly team ourselves.
First up is Megan, our customer experience lead, who had already found her femcare groove but was interested in going organic.
What period products did you use before tampliners?
At first I would just go into the aisle and find the brand names that I recognised, or that seemed inexpensive. Then when I found ones I liked, I just stuck with them. I was using liners and tampons – primarily applicator tampons – where I grew up in the States, then more digital tampons when I moved to Europe. It was clear to me from my cycle when to be using liners, tampons or a combination of the two, and I was just sort of in a groove.
What were your first impressions of tampliners?
Obviously the organic materials were quite appealing. The whole push for organic period products preceded my finding out about Callaly so, if I hadn’t been travelling, I would’ve likely tried to subscribe to one of the organic brands. But the hygienic insertion and removal… now that I’ve had plenty of experience with tampliners, if I have to pick up tampons on the go, I feel that difference. I actively feel like I don’t like the experience of inserting and removing normal tampons anymore.
Talk me through your first time using a tampliner.
So my first time, Kate [our head of marketing] had showed me the product and how you’re supposed to use it before I had to use one on my own. Still, inserting it the first time was definitely a bit odd. You sort of scoot the tampon up through the mini-liner a little bit and then finding where to put it into your vagina from that position took a bit of time. And then I definitely had an issue urinating the first time. I almost forgot that it was there, so when I started urinating I just lost the whole thing.
The second one that I tried, the insertion was great and then when it inverted [back into the virtual applicator during removal], that was definitely a wow moment, like “Oh my gosh, it’s all clean.” With weeing, it probably took me another three or four to figure out my method. I move it to the side and lean forward, and I don’t have any problems. Now we send out an email to help people with their first time because I think if someone had told me beforehand how to wee with it in, that would’ve been helpful.
The insertion and removal – especially the removal – is really the bit that I appreciate each time.
Obviously you’re a little bit biased but are you happy to stick with tampliners now?
Yeh! I think the insertion and removal – especially the removal – is really the bit that I appreciate each time. Leakage protection wasn’t something I was very concerned about before but I do find that the placement of the mini-liner isn’t uncomfortable. I’ve worn a number of liners that, if I don’t put them in precisely the right place, I do find them itchy, rolling up at the ends, you know. It’s never been a pleasant experience. Honestly I prefer it there [worn between the labia] than on my underwear.