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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 5th Feb 18, 5:02 PM
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    Cheap Sanitary Products
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    Cheap Sanitary Products 5th Feb 18 at 5:02 PM
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 5th Feb 18, 5:10 PM
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    Believe me, MSE Callum, there is a world of difference between Always Infinity and Tesco Everyday Value. It's like suggesting you substitute Andrex or Cushelle with Izal. In fact, I'd rather use Izal on my bum and keep the money for brand name sanitary products, they stay close to my skin for longer than a sheet of toilet paper.

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    Believe me, MSE Callum, there is a world of difference between Always Infinity and Tesco Everyday Value. It's like suggesting you substitute Andrex or Cushelle with Izal. In fact, I'd rather use Izal on my bum and keep the money for brand name sanitary products, they stay close to my skin for longer than a sheet of toilet paper.

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    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 5th Feb 18, 5:20 PM
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    Okay, sorry but I am going to give TMI

    Trying to use none applicator tampons when you are bleeding like a stuck pig. PMLS. Forget it.

    I was one of those people with very heavy periods so Super Plus Tampon, with a Super pad. If out and about I actually had to use the disabled toilet as the blood on my hands etc looked like I had murdered someone. The cheap own brand products just did not cut it at all!

    The simple case of one size does not fit all when it comes to sanity products and cheaper does not work out as money saving.
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 6th Feb 18, 1:42 PM
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    Okay, sorry but I am going to give TMI

    Trying to use none applicator tampons when you are bleeding like a stuck pig. PMLS. Forget it.

    I was one of those people with very heavy periods so Super Plus Tampon, with a Super pad. If out and about I actually had to use the disabled toilet as the blood on my hands etc looked like I had murdered someone. The cheap own brand products just did not cut it at all!

    The simple case of one size does not fit all when it comes to sanity products and cheaper does not work out as money saving.
    Originally posted by donnac2558
    Totally agree. If I only had cheap own brand products I wouldn't be able to leave the house, so I wouldn't be able to hold down a job, so unable to pay my mortgage and would end up in debt, and having to replace clothing monthly, so really not money saving.

    Some own brand stuff isn't too bad, and it has improved over the years, but when you base all your calculations on just the low absorbancy ones, then you sums just don't add up or come close to the reality
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    • Timpu
    • By Timpu 6th Feb 18, 1:56 PM
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    It's not just absorbency that differ between brands. I can't for the life of me get on with some of the cheaper ones as I end up walking funny. I've had the sticky bits stick to the wrong errr...bits.
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 6th Feb 18, 3:39 PM
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    I stick to the brand that works for me, and shop around only buying (in bulk) when on offer
    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 6th Feb 18, 3:55 PM
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    I wouldn't go for the 20p ones, but Tesco do some towels for approx 70p that are just as good as Always. When I get them for myself I also get several packs for the food bank. Hopefully others will do the same?

    Aldi own brand ones are very good too.

    Don't assume that branded means better. In most cases they'll be made in the same factory, at times even an identical product, to the cheaper ones.
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 6th Feb 18, 4:12 PM
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    Don't assume that branded means better. In most cases they'll be made in the same factory, at times even an identical product, to the cheaper ones.
    Originally posted by BorisThomson
    Agree. Lillets non-applicator tampons are identical to Asda ones, but they don't go up to the same level of absorbancy, so Asda ones do for the lighter days, but some days the branded ones are the only option.
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    • itzmee
    • By itzmee 6th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    Agree. Lillets non-applicator tampons are identical to Asda ones, but they don't go up to the same level of absorbancy, so Asda ones do for the lighter days, but some days the branded ones are the only option.
    Originally posted by kathrynha


    My local Asda sell super plus extra non-applicator tampons and they are as good as Lil lets but are just a third of the price.
    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 6th Feb 18, 5:15 PM
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    I use a reusable cup, it's a silicone collapsible one that I carry around with me so it's always on hand. I have extremely heavy periods and it's actually been a lifesaver, I was getting through a super plus in less than an hour and the dryness and mess of it all was horrible and really getting me down. My cup lasts at least 4 hours on those days and is easily and quickly rinsed with warm water while in the toilet - my work toilet is disabled access so has a sink in it. On normal flow days I can get through the entire work day without having to empty it. It's no more messy than a tampon once you get used to it, and means you don't dry out your delicate parts. It took a little practice to be able to get it to stay in place, but now it takes the same time as a tampon. It cost £21 and so far has lasted 3 years which is a good saving on even own brand products.
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 6th Feb 18, 5:59 PM
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    My local Asda sell super plus extra non-applicator tampons and they are as good as Lil lets but are just a third of the price.
    Originally posted by itzmee
    But Lillets do even more absorbant than that.
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 6th Feb 18, 6:03 PM
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    I use a reusable cup, it's a silicone collapsible one that I carry around with me so it's always on hand. I have extremely heavy periods and it's actually been a lifesaver, I was getting through a super plus in less than an hour and the dryness and mess of it all was horrible and really getting me down. My cup lasts at least 4 hours on those days and is easily and quickly rinsed with warm water while in the toilet - my work toilet is disabled access so has a sink in it. On normal flow days I can get through the entire work day without having to empty it. It's no more messy than a tampon once you get used to it, and means you don't dry out your delicate parts. It took a little practice to be able to get it to stay in place, but now it takes the same time as a tampon. It cost £21 and so far has lasted 3 years which is a good saving on even own brand products.
    Originally posted by skint_chick
    They are good for those that don't have too heavier periods and that can use them and have access to appropriate facilities.

    For me on heavy days it needs emptying at least once an hour and they cause the most awful stomach cramps
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    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 6th Feb 18, 10:12 PM
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    Mooncups and the like don!!!8217;t work if you!!!8217;re a para, my lentil knitting sister in law won!!!8217;t get the hint and keeps insisting I persevere with it.

    There is nothing more uncomfortable than having a sanitary towel sticky bit welded to your lady garden, cheap towels are the worst for this.

    I would rather buy branded and not have to worry about the damn things twisting, bulging or welding themselves to the wrong place than buy cheap and spend a fortune changing towel every hour on the hour while worrying about the smell.
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    • London baby
    • By London baby 6th Feb 18, 10:34 PM
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    Superdrug's own brand towels are a very good alternative to Always. It is often on offer also.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 6th Feb 18, 10:52 PM
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    I use reusable cloth pads (can't get on with tampons or a cup), the initial outlay is costly but nearly 3 years down the line and the savings are mounting up!! They are so comfortable and I have never had one leak (try saying that about disposables). I wish I had discovered them years before!
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Feb 18, 9:06 AM
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    It's been many years since I even thought about sanitary protection but back in the day, it was one of the things I wouldn't scrimp on (up there with coffee and toilet rolls ).
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 7th Feb 18, 11:23 AM
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    It's been many years since I even thought about sanitary protection but back in the day, it was one of the things I wouldn't scrimp on (up there with coffee and toilet rolls ).
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Ditto. Mind you, I wasn't impressed to find that German and Dutch branded sanitary protection is much cheaper than their UK equivalents. When I returned from my last (RAF) tour in Germany, I brought back a years supply !
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 7th Feb 18, 1:14 PM
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    Having tried a few supermarkets/chemist own brands, aside from liners, I always end up going back to Tampax, Always or Bodyform. It's not the price (because the saving really isn't that much when you're looking at comparable options) it's the comfort, it's things like how well they stay in place, how comfortable (not causing friction/irritation by built up heat, itching...) and things like actually absorbing rather than seeming to be waterproof :/


    I've got to say though- the main brands though more expensive are not perfect and there are things I wish they'd change (eg the compact tampons which IME are pretty useless being that they snap-back to their mini-size mid application!!) But when faced with something like the supermarkets own type which was so brick like to remove the cord snapped, I wouldn't go back to cheaper brands without worrying about it and tbh I can do without the anxiety of worrying I may have used something I cannot then get rid of.


    If they could just take the tax off though, it's not a huge amount but it would in some cases make the difference between own brand types and the branded versions, but to make it clear; there is a difference between the types/prices and it's not without having tried and tested (and failed with) quite a lot of them that I make my choices to stay with the branded options.
    • LedZep girl
    • By LedZep girl 7th Feb 18, 3:50 PM
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    I also remember 'back in the day' not being able to afford decent sanitary products on my pocket money and was to embarrassed to ask for extra cash to buy the things I needed. Awful feeling as a young teen. I am so glad this item on Martin's website has reminded me of it Now I am going to donate products to a foodbank so that other girls don't have to feel this way
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