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Last updated: 28 July 2022
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When you get your period the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether or not your tampon is going to leak. But with an overwhelming array of products on the market, it can be difficult to cut through the marketing spin and choose the best option.

We've lab tested regular and super tampons from Carefree, U by Kotex, Libra and more to find out which ones:

  • are the most absorbent
  • have a strong withdrawal cord
  • meet the requirement for cord length.
 

Note: Only products of each type (regular and super) can be directly compared with one another, so use our filter tool on the left to sort by type.

We've partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings that the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    The price we paid for the pack size we tested. Generally buying larger size packs will help you save money in the long run, especially when those packs are on special.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 1.79 and 9

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    Size

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    We lab tested regular and super tampons. Only products within each type are directly comparable to one another.

      Flow type

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      This is the claim made on the pack and is broken down into light flow, medium flow and heavy flow.

        Price per tampon

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        The cost per tampon is based on the price we paid divided by the pack size tested.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 0.11 and 0.37

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          • Price
          • Price per tampon
          • Pack size tested
          • Recommended
          • Overall score
          • Absorbency score
          • Cord strength score
          • Cord length score
          • Flow type
          • Absorbency level (g)
          • Shop Ethical rating
          • Biodegradable claim
          • Hypoallergenic claim
          • Dermatologically tested claim
          • Fragrance free or unscented claim
          • Components of the product
          • Other claims
          • Warning about Toxic Shock Syndrome
          • Warning not to flush
          • Country of origin

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