Pros: Compact design, marketing genius, individually wrapped.
Cons: Aren't early as good as the Kotex Security version.
I guess I have only myself to blame. I made "the Code Red call" and said I needed tampons. I was pretty specific in saying super or super plus and the word "Kotex" [and I am positive I said "security" in there too]. What I got was a tripled bagged box of the Kotex U Super Tampons. Triple bagged? I suppose store security probably followed him around too, knowing him he was sheepish and tried to hide them. This is the same man who has no shame buying condoms, adult products, Beeno and other assorted oddities. He never protests the request but I had to take him to the bathroom and ask him if the boxes looked anything alike. I figured they couldn't be that bad, I mean, they are a Kotex product. I was wrong. Like, really wrong.
When Kotex introduced the U brand they had samples; I got some of those samples but they were only the regular tampons and the pads that didn't look like they could soak up a soda spill let alone blood and the occasional clot. Even so, I had no other choice in the matter. It was after midnight and the only stores that were open were Super Wal-Mart [a half hour drive each way] and pharmacies that I knew never had the super or super plus size in stock. I am a heavy bleeder. A regular tampon would last me about fifteen minutes on the second through fourth day. While it is safer to use the smallest absorbency amount / size as possible, that's just not something that I can do without spending most of the day and night within ten feet of the bathroom.
The U is like the Tampax Compak; it is designed to be compact and discrete so you have to pull out the plunger until you hear the click in order to get it in to position to insert it. In defense of the tampon, these are the super not the super plus so I couldn't expect them to perform as well as the larger absorbency tampons. A Kotex Super Plus Security Tampon can hold me for about 30 to 45 minutes, one of these lasted about 20 to 25 minutes. Yeah, pretty lame. If you are a light bleeder these might be worth checking out but if you are one of the high-flow chicks you are going to pretty much laugh at them. I asked him why he didn't get the super plus, he said that it was these or the multi pack that didn't have the super plus in them. At least he read that part of the box.
The fit and feel of them is comfortable but you have to make sure you have the applicator positioned the right way. If you don't hear the click then you have to play around with it. This is not something that I would want to fiddle with in a public bathroom but the compact size does make it nice if you are out and about. For me, that isn't an option. If I have to leave the house on a high-flow day I have to wear a super plus tampon plus a pad and know where the bathrooms are. Since these were an emergency purchase I couldn't really turn them down but I did make him take the top part of the box with him in the morning to make sure he got the ones that I normally use. I can't bash the tampons, they do work but even the super wording is a little misleading. A super absorbency tampon should last longer than 20 to 25 minutes regardless of how much you are bleeding so I don't think that these offer the same amount of protection as other brands or the Kotex Security.
The marketing is what sells these. A compact design in a modern styled box targeted at post-teens and early 20's chicks who want something that looks a little less clinical. I hate to tell you but menstrual cycles are not a secret. Guys know that we have them. You aren't really fooling anyone when you get that panic stricken look on your face and excuse yourself from the table and do "the hobble" down the hallway. At this stage in the game I am too old and too wise to really care who knows I am having my period. I don't hide the box under food when I am shopping and I certainly don't get it triple bagged when I check out. The box of 18 was priced at $5.39, that is almost twice as much as an 18 pack of the Kotex Security tampons [you can get those for $3.00] which I really think work a hell of a lot better.
How can you get free Kotex U samples?
They do run out of them so you might have to check the page several times to catch the offer. You are going to get two tampons [regular absorbency] and one pad. They are individually wrapped so they are nice to have around as a backup if you can use something with low absorbency.
Would I recommend these to a friend? Yes and no. If they are light bleeders yes but only if they are willing to pay more for the smaller design of them.
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