Posted at 8:00 AM Mar 19, 2010By Andrea Grimes
Something has been bothering me since I was a teenager. Nagging me. Irritating me. About once a month for the past 13 or 14 years. No, not my period--although it can certainly be a drag. But rather, a question of menstrual accoutrement. Specifically, tampons. Specifically, shiny, colored, plasticky, pearly, frilly ones that cost several dollars more than the store brand.
Who needs fancy tampons?
I've been buying the Walgreens/Duane Reade/CVS brand tampons since I left my parents' house and had to start paying for things myself. Trust me, there are things I will splurge on--cheese, camping gear, a quality whiskey--but I've never been able to tell much of a difference between something like a Tampax Pearl and a Duane Reade Just Shove It Up There, It'll Be Fine.
I mean, I can tell an aesthetic difference. I've used the fancy 'pons when given them as free samples, and they work fine and look pretty (going in, at least.) But everything comes out looking like, well, a bloody tampon. Do women like to have something pearly and pink on the entry end, as if they're trying to stave off what it's gonna look like in a few hours?
Ladies of the world, enlighten me: what is the advantage of the frilly tamp'ns?