Whether you’re new to using women’s sanitary products or want to switch over from pads to tampons, it’s essential that you choose the product that’s best suited to your body. Tampons are all about comfort and convenience, which are incredibly important during that time of the month. Depending on how heavy their flow is, women tend to combine tampons with panty liners for optimum absorbency.
Speaking of absorbency, you should always wear a tampon that absorbs just the right amount of liquid. If your flow is normal, it’s best to start with regular tampons and see whether they suit you. If you haven’t filled it up within 5 hours, you can safely stick with it. On the other hand, if your flow is too high for regular tampons, you’re going to need those with stronger absorbency.
In this article, we’ll present our top three picks of best tampons for beginners.
Sport Tampons with Flex-Fit
The Playtex Sport Unscented Multi-Pack contains 36 tampons in a single packaging. It’s a combo-pack with 18 regular tampons and another 18 with super absorbency. This is great because you can try both in order to find out which one is better for you. Moreover, your menstrual flow can go from high to low within a single day, so with both types of tampons in one box you can literally “go with the flow.”
These tampons are unscented and utilize the patented Playtex technology that allows them to expand upon insertion and fit your shape as you move your body. They have an outer layer that expands in order to prevent leaking. The super absorbent tampons can hold between 9g and 12g of liquid, whereas the regular ones have a capacity of 6g to 9g.
Both varieties come with a gentle plastic applicator; its tip is rounded and the sides of the barrel are very smooth, ensuring that the tampon is inserted swiftly and properly. It’s recommended that regular tampons be changed every six hours, while the super absorbent ones shouldn’t be used for more than four hours.
Each individual tampon comes in a wrapper that’s perforated at the top for easier opening. The applicators are bright green with collapsible no-slip handles that stay firmly in your hand. As of this writing, this multi-pack from Playtex retails at a little under $7. That’s a pretty neat deal considering you’re getting 36 tampons, quite enough to see you through the month.
Radiant Plastic Unscented Tampons
One pack of unscented Tampax Radiant Plastic Super Tampons contains 16 individually wrapped tampons and retails at about $4 as of this writing. As with the previous brand, these super absorbent tampons can hold between 9 and 12 grams of liquid and a note on the packaging suggests changing them every eight hours, which is the maximum recommended time to use the same tampon in general.
Like Playtex, Tampax also has their own technology called FormFit that enables the tampon to expand sideways upon insertion, thus closing all gaps and preventing potential leaking. To ensure additional protection from leaks, there’s a thick blue LeakGuard braid next to the string. It’s stitched very securely and helps stop leaking before it happens by soaking up all the extra liquid.
The “radiant” packaging sports an old-school flower power design pattern, with wrappers featuring a purple floral print on a white background, as well as a similarly stylized green sticker on top. To access the purple plastic applicator, you have to peel the sticker back. A great thing about it is that it’s reusable: you can place the used tampon and the applicator back in the wrapper, reseal it, and dispose of it easily.
It’s obvious that the colorful design is the main selling point here, which is actually really smart. Just because you’re menstruating doesn’t mean that a plain, no-frills packaging should be your only option. These playful flower-themed patterns add some much-needed ease to dealing with an otherwise unavoidable monthly nuisance.
U by Kotex
Priced at under $9 (for a single box) as of this writing, this U by Kotex Sleek Super Tampons packaging is an excellent deal with 34 individually wrapped tampons. As is usually the case with the super absorbent variety, they can absorb up to 12 grams of liquid and with 34 pieces in one box, you’ll have enough of them for at least a month. The wrappers are perforated at the plunger end of the packaging, allowing for easier opening.
One thing that makes this brand perfect for beginners is the fact that the applicator is marked so that you know how far you need to insert it. It’s also noticeably slimmer than other applicators highlighted in this article. Once the tampon is in, it will gently expand in each direction as it fills up, thus adjusting to your body movements all the while remaining extremely comfortable. Depending on how high your flow is, a single tampon can last for up to eight hours.
The applicator is made of green plastic, but unlike other tampons in the market, the plunger is made out of rubber. It feels like almost like you’re holding a pen and helps prevent the applicator from slipping while you’re holding it. After all, applicators are all about convenience and precision. You’ll be surprised to find out that in many foreign countries all tampons that on sale don’t have an applicator, so if you happen to be traveling abroad while on your period, this supersized pack will come in very handy.
Based on how suitable these three lines of tampons are for beginners, we must say that U by Kotex Sleek Super Tampons warrant our top recommendation. With a gentle rubber grip and slimmer-than-usual applicator, these tampons are incredibly easy to insert and position properly. The packaging has 34 individually wrapped tampons, which is more than enough to see you through your entire period.
The Playtex Sport Unscented Multi-Pack contains 36 tampons and is a particularly excellent choice for beginners because you get both regular absorbency and super absorbency tampons. This allows you to try both and see which one’s right to you. You can also switch between the two based on your flow.
If you need a smaller pack, there are 16 Tampax Radiant Plastic Super Tampons in one vibrantly designed packaging. They are super absorbent and feature a braid that helps prevent eventual leaking. Moreover, the wrappers are reusable.