Let’s not talk about the silly name, or the fact that there is a string of pearls pictured on the box. Let’s just pretend they are simply called The Best And Most Comfortable Tampon Kate Has Ever Used, Period (Pun Intended).
I got my period for the first time when I was 12, at my grandparents house in New Hampshire, where the most fun thing to do was go swimming daily in the lake. Needless to say, I was indoctrinated into the world of tampons pretty much immediately.
I have used a lot of tampons in the 22 years since. I know some people like the environmentally friendly applicator-free kind, or the slightly less environmentally friendly cardboard applicator kind, but for me, when it comes to that area, comfort – not eco-consciousness – reigns supreme. I have been using Tampax Pearls I estimate for about the last ten years (with a brief, and let’s be honest, messy foray into the Instead Cup) and I doubt I’ll be switching away from them anytime soon. Tampon brand is a super personal choice – some women prefer them to be longer and more slender, other’s prefer shorter and stouter – but in all my experience, Tampax Pearls fit my body better than any other tampon I have tried.
The best thing, however, about always having a tampon on hand is not that I am always prepared (although that has come in handy more than once) – it’s that I can always help a sister out. There’s a good feeling when a girlfriend or even a stranger turns to you with that hauntingly familiar look of shock and distress and says, “Oh God, do you have a tampon?” and you can pull one out of your purse and save the day. Makes you feel a little like a superhero.
And that’s why you’ll never catch me out and about without a tampon on hand.