What’s it like to use a tampliner? Ruth, customer for 4 months
What’s your previous experience of period products in general, and how well have they worked for you?
I started off with pads because that’s what my mum told me to do, basically. I was always scared of using tampons and then finally, years later, I tried again and realised I was just doing it wrong. I really enjoyed using tampons. Well, I say enjoyed – they were much better than pads. I find pads very uncomfortable.
This year I started using a cup as well. I really liked it, especially the fact that it’s better for the environment, better on the finances. It’s just sometimes it felt a bit uncomfortable. Sometimes I really noticed it was there, and it felt like a bit too much.
How did you hear about tampliners and what appealed to you about them?
It’s interesting – a few months ago I used to get really annoyed by Instagram adverts, but recently I’ve noticed that quite a few of them appeal to me. When I saw the tampliner advert, aesthetically it was pleasing, so that drew me into it. Then I saw the words, about how women don’t trust a tampon so use a pantyliner too. That’s something I do sometimes if I’ve got a heavy period, I use a pantyliner for nighttime, depending on which day of my period it is – my flow can be quite heavy. I also liked the fact that the tampliners would come every month, so I don’t have to go out and buy them, I can have them delivered to my door. And that I can adjust the type: regular or super etc. I thought it was just very convenient. And also the price was very much affordable to me. Ideal – convenient and just really easy.
You say you liked the look of the Instagram ad, did you feel positive about the website and the packaging too?
Definitely, I didn’t want to throw the box away! You know how all the other ones are either bright green or bright yellow. It’s not like they’re ugly, but I found that this one was just cute, modern, not boring. I like the wrapping of the tampliners as well.
I found that the way it fitted in between the labia was not only comfortable but also secure
And did you find selecting the products on the website easy to figure out?
At first I was like, “How am I even going to order it?” Then there was a box that said, “This is the most popular one” and it had a mix of absorbencies in it. The first day I used the smallest one, and then when my period was heavy I used the bigger [super or super plus] ones. My flow is a bit all over the place – it can go quiet for one day and then come back a bit, so I found that box actually was ideal for me.
So with the mini-liner, that’s obviously a new place to put something – between your labia… How did you find it?
Yeh, I found it really odd at first – I was like, where does this go?! I thought this surely isn’t going to be comfortable, me walking about with this in there. And to be honest I’m very lazy and I don’t like to read [instructions] before I do something. But I kind of figured it out on my own and found that actually it was comfortable, it was good. I was thinking whether it would have a peel-off thing so the liner would stick on to the underwear, but I didn’t need that anyway. I found that the way it fitted in between the labia was not only comfortable but also secure. I didn’t have to worry about having stains in my underwear. I thought that was very clever.
It was so much better because obviously the finger stays clean, so that’s handy
And how did you find the virtual applicator [the thin material connecting the tampon and the liner]?
I was like “What is that?!” It was really funny actually, I was fiddling with it when I opened it on the toilet. When I saw just the cotton bits, I was like oh, I’m really used to having a plastic applicator – it’s so easy for me to make sure it’s properly up there and it’s not going to feel like it’s coming out. I’ll be honest and say that the first time I must not have done it well and it felt uncomfortable. And then I gave it another go and I did it properly, and it was so much better because obviously the finger stays clean, so that’s handy. If you’re at a public toilet or a work toilet and there’s just a cubicle, and then you have to get out of the cubicle and go wash your hands afterwards, it helps with that bit. Because that’s the negative for the cup, actually. If I’m going to use the cup I need to know I have access to a bathroom with a sink next to it in case I have to change it. Also when you pull the Tampliner out, the tampon actually goes into the virtual applicator, and I thought that was great. It saves putting all that plastic [of a hard applicator] in the bin.