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Lobby Procter and Gamble to stop using plastic applicators

(136 Posts)
RCallway Thu 16-May-13 09:51:20

Please join me in lobbying Procter and Gamble to stop using unnecessary plastic applicators. Write to:

Bob McDonald - CEO:

I sent them the following message which you can amend / use if you like:

Dear Bob

I bought Tampax Compak for the first time in a very long time at a shop because I had no alternative options. I was extremely shocked and disappointed to find a plastic, unrecycled, non-degradable applicator. Surely P&C have the skills and global conscience to use a degradable and recycled cardboard applicator - if it has to use one at all?! Using petroleum-based plastic is an extremely backward step - both an anti-green and anti-social choice. I understand some women feel the need to use applicators but please, please, please look at alternative options or save money and the environment and drop the applicator altogether.

Best wishes

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 09:53:13

Those plastic applicators pinch as well. sad

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 09:56:52

Nope. Don't care.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 09:57:56

But they do pinch Tee. So I voted with my feet and don't use them.

ballinacup Thu 16-May-13 09:59:21

But the plastic applicators are much more comfortable to insert. I've found the cardboard ones snag, especially on lighter flow days. Presumably other women have found the same, hence the plastic applicators.

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 10:00:48

Fair enough, Sparkling. I hardly think it's worth a campaign or whatever this is!



uncongenial Thu 16-May-13 10:01:24

They do pinch. Ouch! I didn't know they were still around as I haven't seen any for years.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:02:54

I should maybe write to the CEO about the pinching Tee. grin

Thanks uncongenial it's not just me then. They grab bits they shouldn't. sad

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Thu 16-May-13 10:04:42

Nope - sorry. The cardboard ones are painful. If they go back to them, then I would stop using tampax.

I presume the reason they are not recyclable are that essentially, once used, they are equivalent to clinical waste and therefore not suitable to go in with recycling. Just the same as sharps etc. not everything can be recycled and it would be better to focus a campaign on encouraging recycling generally if things that can be.

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 16-May-13 10:04:44

Oh god, I hate the cardboard ones.

I wouldn't use them at all if they were all card. It requires precision that my hands don't always have.

Never had a pinching problem, though...

I do think that Procter did a survey on this not so long ago? I remember being asked at university about it.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:05:49

I think I had the pinching with the Pearl ones.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 16-May-13 10:06:44

Plastic applicators are so much more comfortable than cardboard.
Plastic slides up my fanny very nicely thank you and I prefer a comfortable vadge box over a small gain to the environment. Yabu.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 16-May-13 10:06:51

I don't find they pinch. Much prefer the plastic ones, the cardboard ones get stuck.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:08:08

Ooh maybe I am doing it wrong. confused I like the cardboard ones.

I use re-washable sanitary towels, personally I think any disposable sanitary product is unethical and unnecessary.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Thu 16-May-13 10:11:55

I really, really want Bob McDonald to reply to any emails stating that there will be no change as customer feedback has found that I prefer a comfortable vadge box over a small gain to the environment. Yabu.

grin - thank you property

Concreteblonde Thu 16-May-13 10:13:21

No thanks. Plastic applicator are the only ones I find comfortable to use.

mrswoz Thu 16-May-13 10:13:21

The plastic ones are much less hurty.

So, um, YABU hmm

RiotsNotDiets Thu 16-May-13 10:16:00

Another one preferring a comfortable vadge box here <snort>

Sorry OP!

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 10:18:21

I recently bought the cardboard ones by mistake and they don'! They get stuck so then you've got to get both hands under there and it's awkward

Give me plastic any day.

Or no applicator at all. I like those as well. So long as my fingernails are trimmed...

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Thu 16-May-13 10:22:54

I'm sure - there's been a thread in this relatively recently and I'm sure the general consensus was the same.

Off to look

Mondrian Thu 16-May-13 10:22:59

While you are at it perhaps good to know the other issues surrounding tampons - toxins and its effect on your body and the environment.

ChunkyPickle Thu 16-May-13 10:23:05

Way, way prefer the plastic ones, plus they're shorter and easier to carry around.

I've pinched myself with the cardboard ones, which are also inclined to wedge while trying to insert, and which I ruin a fair number of carrying around because they're such an inconvenient size (and I no longer have the weird/ugly case that they handed out in primary school).

I do plenty of other things to save waste, I would like to keep the much more comfortable and convenient (for me) plastic applicators.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:23:21

Dear Bob,

I don't like plastic applicators as they pinch and feel like they are slicing my fanjo up.

Please reply by return,

Much love,

Sparkling xx

EasilyBored Thu 16-May-13 10:23:23

Plastic applicators don't hurt or get stuck like the card ones. So YABU. You could always just not buy the ones you don't agree with. I don't agree with scented ones (seriously, WTAF?) so don't purchase them.

QueenStromba Thu 16-May-13 10:30:40

Your time would be better spent trying to persuade more women to use re-useable sanitary protection such as mooncups, washable pads and sponges. I've had my mooncup for about three years now which means I've saved the use of hundreds of tampons with associated packaging in that time.

I prefer the plastic ones. Cardboard ones hurt.

Don't buy them if you don't like them.

SirBoobAlot Thu 16-May-13 10:32:57

Hate the card ones.

There are many questionable areas of P&G. Plastic applicators are not one of them.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Thu 16-May-13 10:34:43

Bob - can I think we deserve some free samples for sticking up for you on AIBU. grin

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Thu 16-May-13 10:35:41

callway - have you actually had any response?

CrowsLanding Thu 16-May-13 10:36:59

Cardboard ones snag and hurt.
Sorry op but Yabu.

I much prefer the plastic ones.

ryanboy Thu 16-May-13 10:37:38

YABU You would use non applicator ones or even those god awful mooncups if you really cared about all this environment bollox

WandaDoff Thu 16-May-13 10:38:30

I think we'd be better off having a campaign to make sanitary products free. Around half the population will be using them regularly at some point.

DrWhoTenant Thu 16-May-13 10:40:39

Nope plastic far better cardboard applicators pinch and bend and get ruined in your handbag

lurcherlover Thu 16-May-13 10:48:11

I much preferred plastic ones when I used them - cardboard always used to stick so I couldn't push the small tube in the big one. But then I discovered the mooncup and will never go back to tampons!

NotYoMomma Thu 16-May-13 10:54:31

This is the biggest waste of your time you could possibly come up with

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 10:57:14

I was wondering when the mooncupers would pop in. grin

Plastic every time. I always keep a couple in my bag in case I get caught out. Cardboard ones get squashed but the plastic ones don't. Never had pinching from either type.

Why not just use Lilletts? No applicator at all, just a rounded end and you shove it in /up with your finger? confused

badtasteyoni Thu 16-May-13 11:05:15


If you're that bothered about recycling don't use tampons at all. Various reuseable alternatives smile

Vagndidit Thu 16-May-13 11:30:40

Cardboard applicators are horrid. I nearly gave up on tampons until the Tampax Pearl came along.

Chocovore Thu 16-May-13 11:34:28

I don't get your point. They are not going to recycle the contents of a sanitary bin anyway. As another poster said, it is clinical waste as it has blood on it.

drippytap Thu 16-May-13 18:25:44

I deal with PR in a company that sometimes receives this type of complaint. it always gives us a good laugh. We also have a point system that's awarded by level of surprise, shock, horror etc grin

Sunnywithshowers Thu 16-May-13 18:32:13

Why not get a mooncup? It's much better for the environment.

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 18:34:52


Me and My Morally Repugnant Vagina LIKE the plastic applicators.

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 16-May-13 18:37:07

Cardboard applicators?! shock I've never heard of/seen them! They sound snaggy and painful!
Mind you I don't use tampons, they scare me blush

happyscouse Thu 16-May-13 18:40:33

Its a no from me as well. You seem to be outnumbered op.

Mosschops30 Thu 16-May-13 18:43:37

It's a no from me, much better than cardboard applicators

I can't be arsed to get upset about nonsense like this, don't people have other things to worry about?

Sunnywithshowers Thu 16-May-13 18:45:38

PMSL at morally repugnant vagina

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 18:48:34



I know these threads, any minute now my vagina will once again be accused of personally killing a polar bear.

<flashes bearicidal fluffy bits>

FJL203 Thu 16-May-13 18:50:29

A no from me too. It's not top of my list of things to worry about.

whoneedssleepanyway Thu 16-May-13 18:53:24

Why does anyone need an applicator? Lillets here

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 18:59:42

I like an applicator due to enjoying dripping blood off my fingers as much as I enjoy blowing my nose directly onto my hand.

Ie ...not a lot.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 19:00:42

I prefer an applicator so I don't have to stick my hand up my fanjo.

Areyoumadorisitme Thu 16-May-13 19:01:35

I much prefer the plastic ones too, sorry OP.

As to why not use lillets, never got used to positioning it properly without an applicator. Quite happy with the applicators thanks.

PooFlower Thu 16-May-13 19:35:00

YABU I could only use towels until I tried tampax pearl, cardboard applicators get stuck and collapse inside me so its impossible to push them into place without wasting half a pack.
Non applicator tampons are no use to me as I can't get them in high enough I've even tried lying on the bed legs akimbo but I can feel the tampon as soon as I get up.
I would be interested in a reuseable washable plastic aplicator that could be used with non applicator tampons as the Pearl tampons are very expensive

cherryade8 Thu 16-May-13 19:44:26

I only use non applicator tampons, more discrete to carry to the ladies at work, cheaper and better for the environment.

Decoy Thu 16-May-13 19:48:27

> Why does anyone need an applicator?

My fingers aren't especially long and they don't push the tampon in far enough. So applicator it is.

theodorakisses Thu 16-May-13 19:54:37

I don't care a jot

WithASpider Thu 16-May-13 19:56:47

Ooh, Yes poo! Since having the DC my vagina is a bit of an odd shape so I've had to stop using my favourite li-lets tampons. Tampax Pearl is now my tampon of choice, and i never thought i'd say that!

(same odd shape means a mooncup is out of the question too)

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 19:58:30

better for the environment

<wrestles vagina off hapless polar bear>

I will give up plastic applicators when not one paint ball is left in play on the planet. Ditto trampolines. And all grown boyz toys. And playstations. In fact all and any non femsanpro product that is about fun rather than comfort which nobody plonks piety points on just cos they use a differnet kind.

Oh And I don't drive. And I haven't flown home in three years (cos I can't cope with the new "renew your passport in France, even though you don't live there" voicemail nightmare known as Dante's Latest Circle of Hell Going Nowhere Fast With Much Frustration. But that's not thenpoint jet fuel is jet fuel). I heat my home solely with wood.

So take that Pious Pussies United !

Decoy Thu 16-May-13 19:59:30

Agree that plastic ones pinch.

phantomnamechanger Thu 16-May-13 20:00:28

PMSL @ I know these threads, any minute now my vagina will once again be accused of personally killing a polar bear grin

VenusStarr Thu 16-May-13 20:01:04

I must be doing it wrong hmm I find the plastic applicators really painful, and even with the tampon in, I could still feel it and have to take it out. I stopped using tampons for months then I discovered that they still sold cardboard applicators and my vadge is happy again smile

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 16-May-13 20:05:44

I like your post carpevinum

I like lillets personally, but would prefer plastic applicators to cardboard ones. And if you really cared about the environment surely you would use washable pads or a mooncup.

This is very low down on my list of environmental things to care about. I only have once child and don't have a dishwasher so that's my offset.mgrin

RandomMess Thu 16-May-13 20:07:44

I switched to a mooncup, far more environmentally friendly...

UterusUterusGhali Thu 16-May-13 20:07:54

I thought it was just me who got all middle-class hand wringy about the plastic ones.

I just dont use them for my own, wooly, leftie, birkinstock wearing reasons.

Also, they pinch like a motherfucker.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:09:42

Yes, thank you Uterus and Venus they really pinch don't they? Painful.

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 20:13:25

Far more environmentally friendly...

Right That's It.

<grabs polar bear by scruff>

Fluffy Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttssssssss! Din Dins!!

rubyflipper Thu 16-May-13 20:13:35

I was wondering when the mooncupers would pop in.

notallytuts Thu 16-May-13 20:14:06

I hate cardboard applicators, they're horrid to use, they always bend or get squashed or disintegrate if I'm particularly heavy. Plastic or none for me, depending on my mood. But I usually use a mooncup anyway


Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:14:57

I don't fancy the mooncup at all. The thought of faffing with it in public loos. sad

RachelHRD Thu 16-May-13 20:18:49

Umm no thanks I find cardboard applicators incredibly painful to use and currently can only use Tampax Pearl without suffering eye watering pain and not being able to insert them properly.

Why don't you do those of us who suffer like this a favour and lobby for something else.......hmm

daisydoodoo Thu 16-May-13 20:20:01

Another one here who has only been able to use tampons since plastic applicators became available.
Please dont get rid of them. Due to gynae issues the mooncup is no longer an option.

QueenStromba Thu 16-May-13 20:21:05

You don't need to faff with it in public loos Sparkling - I empty mine in the morning and in the evening.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:21:58

I fear more emptying may be required in my case Queen. sad

hugoagogo Thu 16-May-13 20:23:34

plastic ones are pinchy like poking your finger in a mcdonald coke lid except the other way around iykwim.

I don't use tampons at all; I have homemade reusable towels-call me a lentil weaver if ya like

Livvylongpants Thu 16-May-13 20:24:24

I was most distraught when after being pregnant discovered the playtex tampons were no longer about (they were plastic). The cardboard ones I find disintegrate when I'm heavy and don't 'glide' when I'm light. Thankfully I'm up the duff again so do not have to deal with my monthly bloodbath lady things.

Now what I do need to write the them about us tampons for dogs. My dogs are on heat And twunt the OH let them sleep in my bed and now my white sheets look like a murder scene!!

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:25:00

Perhaps us 'pinchy' folk have strange parts. That's exactly how it feels hugo.

crashdoll Thu 16-May-13 20:28:44

I don't get the mooncup love, sounds faffy. I also don't like the plastic applicators, they pinch my delicate fanjo skin. I like tampax with cardboard applicators. Having a period is grim enough without worrying about the polar bears.

thebody Thu 16-May-13 20:28:54

Love your letter sparkling and agree re pinching.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:32:27

Yes thebody, pinching. It's very strange only some of us think so. I need to get my clipboard out in town and do a survey.

ThoughtsPlease Thu 16-May-13 20:42:55

Actually I think it is way out of line to question others preference for tampons/towels etc, it's already enough of a pain each month without others judging our individual preferences for something so very personal!

OP now many children do you have out of interest?

ThoughtsPlease Thu 16-May-13 20:43:24


RachelHRD Thu 16-May-13 20:45:25

Shall those of us with awkward vaginas lobby P&G to not under any circumstances listen to the OP???? ;)

ThoughtsPlease Thu 16-May-13 20:47:55

Yes I would join you Rachel, plastic applicators are a necessity to slide well!

QueenStromba Thu 16-May-13 20:50:50

I used to get through a super plus tampon every 3 hours or so Sparkling - they need emptying about a third less often than a tampon needs changing.

thebody Thu 16-May-13 20:55:56

Do you think we are, how shall I say this, a bit dangly!!!

Queen, have never seen a moon cup and only heard of them through mumsnet.. How do you use/change/wash them?

Plastic applicators are the only ones I can use thanks to scarring and prolapses and various other fun medical things. I try and do my bit for the environment but sod it, periods suck and I'm not a martyr. I use what makes it as simple and fuss free as possible.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 20:58:41

Maybe we are thebody. I can't remember exactly what it pinched. grin

Forgetfulmog Thu 16-May-13 20:58:58

Umm <whispers> is it just me who can't work out how to use the applicator tampons?

<runs off looking embarrassed>

CarpeVinum Thu 16-May-13 21:09:26

Shall those of us with awkward vaginas lobby P&G to not under any circumstances listen to the OP???? ;)

Dear Proctor and Gambler

We like your plastic applicators cos some of us suffered the indignity of a baby with a big fat head squashing our bits for months and now some of our fanjos resemble a prototype for a curly whirly waterslide. The glidey plastic helps mucho. Ta for that.

We think you should be on the look out for a group of petition brandishing eco warrior yoni shamers. They are the Pious Pussy Pack. Don't listen. Different women have different comfort needs and what pinches them reduces pinch or pain or pissed offness for us. We do not begrudge them personal choice according to their preferences and comfort. However this does not appear mutual, possibly in the name of smuggyknickeritus. None of them have mentioned anything about being against trampolines or paintball, which I think clarifies motivations greatly.

Yours with much love

CarpeVinum and the Morally Repugnant Vagina posse.

Forgetfulmog Thu 16-May-13 21:12:42

grin At pious pussy pack!

CheapBread Thu 16-May-13 21:13:13

Plastic? Tampons? They'll be pissing themselves laughing at how wasteful early 21st century women were when it came to san pro.

Forget the letter, just don't buy.
And yeah, the plastic did pinch when I tried them (years and years ago).

QueenStromba Thu 16-May-13 21:44:39

You just fold them and insert them like you would the applicator for a tampon. They sit a lot lower than a tampon and you really wouldn't know you had it in. You only really need to empty them in the morning and evening, although might need a third emptying on a really heavy day (or more if you're a superplus tampon every hour type of woman but still less than you would need to change a tampon). When it's time to empty it you just squeeze it with a couple of fingers and slide it out then pour the contents down the loo and give it a rinse in the sink. If you're caught short in a public loo with no sink then you can just give it a wipe with some loo roll and pop it back in (I've had to do this once in three years). At the end of your period you can soak it in some sterilising fluid or boil it in water for ten minutes.

Mooncups have lots of plus points that you'd probably never even think of until you try it:

1) If you're feeling a bit crampy like you're about to come on you can just put the mooncup in and not worry about it. I've had nights out where in my tampon days I would have been in and out of the loo because I was convinced I'd just come on but now I just put my mooncup in and forget about it.

2) You can use it right until your period is actually finished rather than switching to pads or whatever for the last dregs.

3) You can use it instead of pantyliners if you suffer from heavy discharge at certain times of the month.

4) You feel a lot cleaner than with tampons because you don't have the string that acts as a wick for blood and urine.

5) A lot of women, including myself, have less painful periods when they use a mooncup over tampons. It must be something to do with tampons irritating your cervix or something.

6) No having to dispose of blood soaked tampons - far more icky than emptying a mooncup.

7) No having to stuff your handbag with spare tampons and smuggling them to the loo.

In my tampon days I used to dread my periods but they barely register with me these days. I really could never go back - I don't know how I'll cope if I ever have a surprise period while I'm out and have to use tampons. I'd definitely try and get some with a plastic applicator though - way better than cardboard smile

Bunbaker Thu 16-May-13 22:01:10

Why applicators at all? I used to use a different, non applicator brand because I couldn't get on with applicators.

maddening Thu 16-May-13 22:09:25

well I think that really we need periods to come out like a wee - you get an urge to go and then it all comes out in one go - but it has to be painless -why the fuck do we have to have pain - the whole thing is fucking ridiculous.

maddening Thu 16-May-13 22:10:17

I am going to lobby the divine creator (whoever he/she is)

maddening Thu 16-May-13 22:12:05

ps are miniscule ok if you have prolapses (birth injuries)

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 22:12:15

Hand on heart Queen would you wear a pair of white linen trousers with only the mooncup for protection?

maddening Thu 16-May-13 22:13:05

doh - are mooncups ok if you have prolapses (birth injuries)?

ShellyBoobs Thu 16-May-13 22:17:42


Cuddlydragon Thu 16-May-13 22:29:03

Agree the plastic is so much more comfortable - didn't know it wasnt recycled plastic though - I expect they could use recycled stuff. If it went back to ardboard, I'd change brand to one which did use plastic - Cardboard hurts!

whois Thu 16-May-13 23:44:42

Cardboard ones are average. Plastic ones lovely. Don't particularly see the problem if you put them in the bin where they belong and not down the toilet. World is full of plastic, I'd rather cut down on food packaging than make shoving a tampon up my bleeding vaj harder.

RachelHRD Thu 16-May-13 23:49:25

grin @ CarpeVinum

Where do I sign...... wink


TheChaoGoesMu Fri 17-May-13 00:37:43

Gross. Mooncups are the way forward. All those horrible little plastic applicators that so many people use and you cant even recycle them. Vile.

TheChaoGoesMu Fri 17-May-13 00:41:08

Hand on heart Queen would you wear a pair of white linen trousers with only the mooncup for protection?

i'm not Queen, but am answering anyway. Yes, mooncups are far safer than tampons if you want to go out dressed in white linen trousers. Without a doubt.

ifancyashandy Fri 17-May-13 00:41:38

Umm... Those of you who like the plastic cos it's less hurry on your wonderful, baby-delivering Fanjos, can't you try non-applicator tampons?

I can't be doing with the applicator at all. 'Bullets' all the way for me.

MyShoofly Fri 17-May-13 00:46:12

No applicator is we all have the cleanest hands and nails to be pushing those things where the sun don't shine when out and about? Cardboard ones doesn't glide.

Sorry OP....There are some things I don't wish to do without.

Plastic applicator ones are the

ifancyashandy Fri 17-May-13 00:48:48

Oh. I like non-applicator blush. Can properly position. And can properly wash my hands too

only sort I've been able to use for the last 10 years due to multiple prolapses following forceps delivery. Mooncup leaked badly due to these and was a waste of money. However I only use about 2 tampons a year because I have the Mirena coil and virtually non existent periods so I don't feel in the least bit guilty about using plastic applicators.

SeeBoobies Fri 17-May-13 01:25:59

Plastic are so much easier to use. What's this pinching nonsense? What on earth are you ladies doing wrong?

musicmadness Fri 17-May-13 02:27:11

I use a meluna cup 95% of the time but as my periods seem to follow a completely random cycle I have to carry sanpro with me at all times and tampons are much easier to have in my bag.
They are brilliant if I come on when I'm out until I can get home and sort the cup out, and Plastic Applicators are far more comfortable to use! I can't use non-applicator ones despite regularly using a cup and cardboard is not nearly as convenient.
I only use them a couple of times a year but I definitely wouldn't want them disappearing from sale!

Anthracite Fri 17-May-13 04:16:35

I wish people, like the OP, could be more educated about plastics.

Where does she think plastics come from? We do not drill oil with the primary purpose of making plastics. We drll oil to provide fuel. The heavier oil fractions are poor fuels so they are cracked into more useful fractions. The byproducts, alkenes, are not useful for fuels but are ideal at turning into polymers - a virtually free raw material for an amazing array of useful products.

What would the OP propose to do with these alkenes other than making plastics?

TheRealFellatio Fri 17-May-13 05:32:51

Nope. The plastic ones are so much easier and less painful to use - I love them.

I am all for cutting down on wastage and unnecessary production/use of plastic and paper in this world, but this is one of the uses I feel I can justify.

OverAndAbove Fri 17-May-13 05:46:36

Not in the mood to be made to feel guilty about what I stick up my fanjo out of necessity. In all senses smile

QueenStromba Fri 17-May-13 10:03:02

I have a white linen skirt and it wouldn't even occur to me that I shouldn't wear it during my period Sparkling.

littlemonkeychops Fri 17-May-13 10:06:03

I don't see the point in plastic or cardboard, neither is necessary IMO, both are just extra waste so i wouldn't buy either

Iwantmybed Fri 17-May-13 10:19:02

DH works in the plastics industry. Please continue to use the plastic.

(Prefer a mooncup myself, hate tampons)

livinginwonderland Fri 17-May-13 10:36:29

can't stand applicator tampons - regular lillets for me.

CheesyPoofs Fri 17-May-13 10:57:56

I'm a lillet user too.

I don't see the point in applicators at all.

What's wrong with your finger?

BramshawHill Fri 17-May-13 11:40:28

I must have stubby little fingers because I need the applicator to reach a point where I can't feel the tampon plus it stops the terrible, terrible chafing on the way. If applicators were discontinued I'd have to rely on pads (gross) or venture into the world of mooncups which scares me

BramshawHill Fri 17-May-13 11:40:29

I must have stubby little fingers because I need the applicator to reach a point where I can't feel the tampon plus it stops the terrible, terrible chafing on the way. If applicators were discontinued I'd have to rely on pads (gross) or venture into the world of mooncups which scares me

I'd rather P&G and others used the finite resource to make medical equipment (etc) that can't be made of cardboard, (eg cannulas, IV bags) than tampon applicators, so I see the OP's point.

On a related note, I haven't seen tampons for light flow for years. I can see 3 or 4 teardrop ones everywhere but I swear they used to do 2 and even 1. My flow is so light I can't use a cotton mouse at all.

Tip for non-applicator though (slightly gross). Use lube to grease the sides slightly, to aid insertion. Only the tip makes contact with the blood, and it absorbs downwards.

FitzgeraldProtagonist Fri 17-May-13 13:48:36

I love tampax pearl. Glidy, non pinchy, do an ultra light version. YABU.

YoniMitchell Fri 17-May-13 14:21:02

Actually I like the plastic applicators too - the card ones always got bend or mashed-up in your bag, didn't 'slip' in or really work too well.

If you're in that much of a state about their impact on the environment, then use non-applicator tampons or a mooncup.

My fanjo, my choice what goes up there and how. Don't meddle with my muff.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Fri 17-May-13 18:38:26

Tampax pearl is the Rolls Royce of tampons. Fact.

MrsDWinchester Fri 17-May-13 18:49:12

I feel Procter and Gamble should be boycotted for their cruel and unnecessary animal testing. There is absolutely no need for them to torture innocent animals.

BananaPie Fri 17-May-13 19:04:33

Cardboard are fine, agree plastic is marginally easier, but they're also much pricier. Now a mooncup convert anyway - just wish I'd started using one sooner! Weirdly have never got on with lillets.

QueenStromba Fri 17-May-13 19:36:11

I was fine with lillets when I was a young teenager but as I got older I needed superplus tampons which were difficult to place correctly without an applicator. So glad I don't need to worry about it anymore - mooncups really are the next best thing to not having periods at all.

ifancyashandy Fri 17-May-13 19:42:47

Question: is putting a moon cup in place similar to putting in a diaphragm?

Lilypad34 Fri 17-May-13 19:58:26

AIBU to find this thread hilarious?!

UterusUterusGhali Fri 17-May-13 20:02:48

This is one of my favourite threads ever. grin

Gobbolinothewitchscat Italy Fri 17-May-13 20:11:12

Why has Bob not appeared on this thread yet?! ungrateful environmentally wasteful, tampon flogger

dementedma Fri 17-May-13 21:43:57

Tampax Pearl are super comfy. Not getting the pinching thing at all.cardboard ones stick, no applicators too fiddly.
I'm sticking with the plastic

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