The review you all waited for… The Tampax Cup.
I have mixed feelings about the move they did. A huge company like Procter & Gamble, the owners of Tampax, entering this niche. A few reasons I feel this way have been ambivalent. This company is known to not really care about the environment and over the years there were some boycotts against them, obviously they are doing it to get into the market that does care about the environment. It feels quite hypocritical in a way and all about money. On the other hand, they do have a huge market, they are well known and the goal serves the means… more people will be exposed to this product.
Having said that, it was quite expensive buying it online plus shipping to South Africa. I am not sure how many people will be able to buy it.
It came in a big package. The cup, its PLASTIC case and a small set of Always liners. Now, I get it. I really do. They have a business to run but come on… to send a reusable cup with disposable liners? It would be better not to add it at all in my opinion. People are switching to a cup for varies reasons, but no matter what that is, this missed the points around health, savings, the environment, you name it.
The plastic case is nice. It has air holes so after rinsing the cup, it can dry. When my hands were wet the case was slippery but it’s ok. I prefer the pouch though.
Tampax conducted some big research on cups and worked with many women. They used ultrasounds to try and find the perfect shape that will suit most women. There are 2 sizes for regular flow and for heavy flow and they have 3 packaging options: each size and one with the 2 sizes.
I ordered the one for regular flow. The body length is 52mm, the stem is 17mm and the width is 46mm. It has rings at the bottom to grasp and it holds about 27ml. I couldn’t find this information so I measured it myself.
The larger size is bigger according to their photos and it holds more obviously. They also claim that the flow is a better parameter than age and whether or not you have given birth. I have to disagree based on my experience with this cup.
The upper part is a bit softer than the body but the cup isn’t on the soft side. It doesn’t have the conventional rim; it kind of opens up and the air holes are small. The stem also has ribs to be able to grab it more easily.
Due to its shape, using the punch down fold isn’t a great idea. The upper part doesn’t really like to be squeezed that way, although it is one of the folds recommended on the pamphlet. I found that is was not as easy so I used the 7 fold – a fold which I like better anyway. It went in nicely and popped open easily. I didn’t feel it at all and was happy.
Before I went to bed, I took it out and there were no leaks. I rinsed it and reinserted. The next morning I woke up and my underwear was all covered with blood with nothing in the cup. Now, I gave birth twice via c- section, my flow is light to medium, hence the size I chose. I guess it is too small for me because I leaked throughout the rest of my whole experience with it, especially during the night and when I was very active.
This process also wasn’t as pleasant as I would like, again due to its shape. I guess that if I would have taken the larger size it would have been even less. I think the shape of the cup doesn’t suit my body very well and the size guide might be problematic. I guess that’s is part of the reason they did a special packaging for both sizes, but the price is $59.90 for the two and $39.90 for one before shipping.
In total it is a nice cup and surely it created lots of interest. Sadly, it doesn’t work well for me but I am sure there are people who will enjoy it.
** Please note that these reviews are based on my own experience and are therefore my own opinion. I would also like to mention that we are all shaped differently and if something didn’t work well for me it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you.