Monday, February 01, 2010

Feminine Hygiene Products

I shudder to think what this title is going to do to my Google ads, but I will plough on regardless.

One of the only downsides to getting your body back to normal after having a baby, is getting back to flying the red flag once a month. Now you know you have married the right man when he calls you from Costco and you can ask him to buy you a jumbo pack of tampons and he doesn't run screaming with embarrassment - although I do have to call them 'corks' so's not to injure his man-ears.

For some reason in the States it is almost impossible to buy a tampon without an applicator. I'm sure some of you readers are falling off your chairs in shock at the thought of how else do I get it up there, *shudder*? Even in these eco-friendly times it is harder to find an applicator-free tampon than it is to find a Californian without a flip-flop tan. Carrying around an arsenal of torpedoes instead of a tiny and discreet Lilette is something I have learned to live with. What I was not prepared for was LK coming back with 96 scented tampons.

WTF?

Turning a blind eye to the fact that he might have been trying to tell me something, I ask you, scented tampons - really? Are people that squeamish about periods that they think they have to deodorize themselves? The idea of putting chemical anything up there is abhorrent. Are people really so repelled? I wonder if it's an American thing - hairlessness, multiple showers, body deodorant, feminine wipes, I think they've reached the zenith of sanitization over here.

In LK's defence, I'm sure he was just grabbing the first appropriately titled product in the entire embarrassing aisle - but I've never seen these before. Are they new? Are they in the UK? Are they going to be returned to Costco? Oh yes.

12 comments:

jenn said...

Scented tampons fail my common-sense test. Why on earth would anyone want to shove chemicals up their hoo-ha?

OB used to manufacture an applicator-less tampon in the US. I remember my mom using them, but I admit to being pretty attached to my applicator "corks."

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine using scented tampons! I used to use the OB tampons, but then I found the Diva Cup! I still keep a few OBs around for emergencies, but I LOVE my cup!

Muddling Along Mummy said...

You need to consider a mooncup / keeper - much better for you & much better for the environment. I've used one for over a decade and its so much better than tampons

Almost American said...

They never seem to have the OB brand at Costco or BJs - I have to look at CVS/Walgreens or the supermarket. I think Target might carry them.

Scented tampons? What a stupid idea!

Hyphen Mama said...

LOL-- scented tampons!!! Aren't we a fickle bunch? You definitely need to look for the OB brand. I think they're the only applicator-less brand in the US. My big WTF is the CARDBOARD applicators some come with. Cardboard????? Could anything on the planet (aside from a corn cob) be less comfortable in that region than dry old cardboard? The diva cup takes some serious getting used to.

Kristin said...

Scented tampons have been around for as long as I've known...and yes, they are disgusting.

I am still awaiting the return of my favorite monthly friend (I had a baby six months ago). I didn't get it until I weaned my first baby at 10 months, so I'm hoping the same thing will happen this time around. A definite benefit of nursing in my book.

Anonymous said...

Great post, and finally addressing a topic I've been wondering a lot about. I've been living in the US for six years now (I am from Germany) and still import all of my tampons, because the US versions are so terrible (they seem to become four times longer after use), and I don't like applicators. The OB brand ones you can buy here are much worse quality from the ones in Europe, no idea why, but I have gotten used to brands selling very different products in the US and Europe, even though they have the same name.

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

Oooh, you are absolutely right. You just can't buy them here can you? Thankfully, my hubby will pick me up some "corks" in a pinch too! He's never picked up the scented ones before, but he has come back with the tiniest sanitary pads I've ever seen in my life. LOL

Anonymous said...

OBs are the only ones. And, they don't sell them at Costco. My hubby did just buy me a huge box at Target last month, you might want to send DH there..

Restroom Supplies said...

Feminine hygiene should be of importance rather than anything else.the tampons where deodorized is not a consideration at all.At least should not be so.

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