Johnson & Johnson O.B Tampons

by Karishma on September 14, 2011 · 70 comments

Johnson & Johnson O.B Tampons

Hey Lovelies, in this post, I am going to review O.B Tampons. It is the most modern form of menstrual protection, but it has still not been widely accepted by Indian women. Tampons are more efficient compared to sanitary pads/ napkins. They have more absorbing power and it is non-messy, hygienic, and comfortable contradicting to the myth that it is uncomfortable. The tampons come in two sizes Regular- for normal flow and Super- for heavy flow and night use.

Johnson's OB Tampon

A tampon is made of highly compressed cotton. A tampon if inserted and placed properly cannot be felt. If it does, it means that the tampon is not placed properly. A tampon has a thread which remains outside and when needed to change the tampon it should be pulled to remove the tampon. A tampon should be changed every 6-8 hours and don’t worry, it does not get lost or stuck.

What Does the Product Claim:
Tampons are made of compressed layers of highly absorbent fibres which are interwoven to hold together and remain intact. Safe and convenient, O.B. tampons expand in width to give you a gap- free snug fit. No staining accidents, no menstrual odour.

A how to use pamphlet is given in every pack. It gives directions to use and common questions regarding usage of tampons and a warning of Toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS):
It is a rare but serious disease which can occur in men, women, children. It is caused by toxins produced by bacterium that commonly lives in human beings. There are chances of contacting this disease even when tampons are not used but chances of contraction increases if a tampon is not changed every 6-8 hours.


Rupees 145/- for 20 tampons.


What I Love About This Product:

1) It is hygienic and completely non-messy.
2) No more sanitary napkins/pad rashes.
3) No menstrual odour.
4) One can urinate with a tampon.
5) More absorbent compared to sanitary pads increasing time of usage of a single tampon.
6) No staining.
7) More comfortable (you can even forget that you are wearing one).
8) Can go swimming, can be more active in sports compared to when using pads.
9) Reduces your periods by a day, which does not harm the cycle.

What Can be Disliked about this Product :

1) It should not be exceeded for more than 6-8 hours. So, may be a problem with a slow flow or the last days.
2) Tampons usage should be avoided at nights as we sleep for more than 6-8 hours. So, tampons can be used in the day and pads at night.
3) The whole social stigma attached to this product (hymen related) that unmarried and young girls should not use it. I am 18 and I use tampons.
4) TSS can scare a large number of buyers, but it is very uncommon and rare.
5) This is the only brand of tampons available in the Indian market.

Would I Buy this Product Again?
Yes definitely. This is much better and convenient compared to pads.

Rating: 9/10.

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fly girl September 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

i love tampons. once you get the hang of it.they are better to use than sanitary can wear skin hugging skirts and bottie shorts and not show your “pad line”lol!good stuff karishma :wink:


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks..!! even m in love wid tampons.. way much better.. pads are good only for beginners..!! d best part is iz no plastic.. environmental friendly.. lol


Mehr September 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Very useful post, Karishma :waytogo:
I am always skeptical at the thought of tampons but after reading this post, I might actually give it a try.
I haven’t seen tampons here in India, not even these, could you tell me where can I find these?
Thanks a ton :toothygrin:


Rati September 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

exactly the same thoughts, Mehr. :waytogo:

Thanks for sharing Karishma. very very useful. :)


Geeta September 15, 2011 at 7:03 am

i’m scared that it’ll get lost somewhere :toothygrin:
silly i know, otherwise they wudn’t even make them.
Good information :thanks:


Pooja_G September 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

Hi Mehr! I have seen tampons are available last month in I guess these are now readily available in many supermarkets…even me thinking of trying them ! :lashes: :lashes: :lashes:


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

any local medical store.. Its surely available at an apollo pharmacy.. initially it might feel weird but 1nce u start using u gonna love it..!! You can ask your gynac to explain about it more to you


Shreela June 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Bella tampons are available in Medplusbeauty. Will give those a try. Anyone has any idea how are they?


Taps September 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm

where can we buy this from?? medical stores or anything didnt see this in big bazar! seriously this one is much better option bcoz i do suffer from heavy flow due to some gynecological problems and staining all those probs really makes me feel very irritated, so this can be helpful!thnx 4 the review


sukanya September 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm

this is good :thumbsup: .. i hate those rashes :hunterwali: :hunterwali: .. will give it a try.. :haanji: :haanji:


Gini September 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

Taps, check Big Bazaar Hiland Park… there it is available in the sanitary napkins section :)


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

you wont get it in big bazar.. there target buyers dont demand for products like can be found at any medical store.. for heavier flow this is the bestest option.. your gynac can help you out with how to use..!! :)


moupriya September 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

available in kolkata? i hv been searching for these over a year now…


sukanya September 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

i think we should search frank ross,dhanwantary.. n other such biggie chemist shops.. :announce: @moupriya n@taps.. if you find one,pls lemme know :))


moupriya September 15, 2011 at 2:09 am

yes sukanya dis tym i’l go there wid all d names n infos of tampons…will keep on nagging them…my MISSION NEXT!!!


Geeta September 15, 2011 at 7:05 am

i’ve seen them in South City Frank Ross for sure……try there


Pooja_G September 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

I have seen them in Spencers in South City, but don’t know if it is the same brand or not!!


Parita September 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Gals these are available on check out and they do offer free shipping but only above 500 bucks :)


moupriya October 7, 2011 at 1:11 am

thnx ordered it at…:)


fly girl September 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

you girls will find them at any pharmacy.any 24 7 or just any chemist store.once you use them u wnt get bak to …P! :whistle:


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

so true… LIKE LIKE LIKE..!!!


sugisoni September 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

never tried….. always has been very dubious about them :(


Prithi September 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I am a tampon lady. It is million times more effective and convenient. I use it at night, never had a problem, I just cannot be bothered about pads at night. I hate the bulky feeling and I get rashes. You can use the regular and mini tampons for light flow days. I am not sure if it is India though. all my friends here have used tampons day and night all through their life, no one had a problem till now


kaps September 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

I tried this sometime back. But was not able to use properly and felt the presence always :((. Should try again now…


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

it its presence is felt.. then u have not inserted it properly.. you shldnt feel it.. squatting position is the best for inserting them properly..


Bee September 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

thank god somebody wrote about this… Even Im tired with my pad rashes and irritation.
But I was so scared to use tampons- I donno its like putting something inside me…. heheheh
but Im going to try this time- hope I get it right…lol


Shilpa September 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

I thought @ tampons many times. I read the post & REALLY liked it. But I am still skeptical @ tampons :|


Parita September 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

grt article and thanks for posting! I have seen tampons and always wondered about them, true these are very uncommon with indian girls..though i havent used it but now wud love to give it a try! I know out of india most of the gals use this only!


Fabida September 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

Nice review, Karishma. I guess, the most common problem is the fear of it being more invasive than pads, rather than TSS. But you have made it sound really comfortable and safe. Guess it deserves a try!!


Kimi September 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

I’ve used tampons when I was at NY…it took me sometime to get used to it!! :P Very nice review Karishma!! :waytogo:

And Good morning everyone!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: I got khaansi… :(( :((


kanika September 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

good maarning kimi…… :teeth :teeth wat plans for the day :pigtail: aw…..and take care of ur khasi.. :rose: :rose:


Kimi September 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

yeah…Me drinking hot water..and have to fill various forms..soch soch ke chakkar aaying!! :dumb:


Rati September 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

morning cali. :)) what forms? :P


kanika September 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

filling forms for ?:) ?:) ?:)


kanika September 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

great article there…..kudos for thinking bout this topic and writing it :clap:
I would like to add a few points to the above discussions:

1. true, tampoons are the most carefree option given to a woman for her periods. Ur undergarments and clothes stay clean and hygienic, giving u even opportunity like going for swimming during ur periods!!!! :balle:

2. that said i wud also like to say that one shudn just directly jump on the wagon that screams tampoons it is! tampoons are associated with TSS as described above, but they also are associated with certain minor infections in the vaginal area. Imagine ur vagina being a bottle with its head downward and a cork head ( a tampoon) at its mouth….now all the blood will surely accumulate around the corkhead (tampoon) right??? It will. :haanji:
now the menstrual blood isnt just plain blood….it has some tissues as well….and these tissues get slightly blocked around when there is a tampoon stopping them from coming around which is the reason for ur vaginal infections!!! :waiting:

3. always choose the smallest tampoon and never a huge one just because u think it will be more apt in doing its job!! a smaller tampoon might require changing within say 4 hrs, but in that way ur tissue discharge too comes out… ( refer point 2) :tongue:

Having said all that i wud still say that tampoons are a boon and extremely safe provided you alternate them with pads during ur periods. The truth is that once u get hooked to tampoons u will forget ur old friend pad, but it is always wise to have a good ol friend even when u are on the hunt for new ones. :cheers:



Rati September 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

kanika i got a little uncomfortable reading it but great info. :waytogo: :waytogo: :))


Kimi September 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

I never knew so many details about tampons!! :worship:


kanika September 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

i have used tampoons a lot rati….but somehow have stopped using them now. i know it sounds scary, but i read a lot of info bout it over net once……i now alternate tampoons with my pads and that is really nice!!!! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:


Rati September 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

i will def give these a try now. :))


kanika September 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

i can bet u will find it weird initially, but once u get the hang of it u will really like it. for trial buy the smallest sized one.


Rati September 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

great! will do that. :))


Aruna September 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thanks Kanika and Karishma. Such topics are so very useful and I am glad this site also addresses these types of topics. good to have such a frank discussion. I have also been very skeptical about tampons and have always avoided them but after reading this makes me wanna try too.


Rati September 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

morning aruna. :))


Aruna September 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

top of the morning to you too sweety..its thursday!!!! yayyyyaaaaaaa..its so cool since tomorrow is friday and tomorrow I can the weekend is pretty wierd na? :lol2:


Sonia September 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Great article Karishma, but I tend to agree partly with Kanika. I use tampons, whilst going to beaches, parties, sports or special occasions but avoid it as normal practice.

I do get a lot of clots during menses especially 1st and 2nd day. Every time there is a clot, there is this extra gush of blood. If I use tampons, the clots accumulate for few hours ( My doc advised me to avoid it) and when you are changing tampons, becoz clots have accumulated they fall like a loose bunch of grapes ( lots of them together I mean). Also when there is heavy clotting, tampons have to be changed every 2-3 hours coz, even the one for heavy flow, there is a little bit chance of minor leaks.

Atleast with pads, these can be changed as per requirement.


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

corkheads..!! hahaha good metaphors.. cldnt stop smiling while reading this.. :waytogo:


Sim September 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

thanks for the review Karishma………… never know that it available in indian market…..ur review is very informative for us :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:


monika September 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’ve used tampoons just a couple of times on vacation when I did not want to miss the beach & the pool………yup, they are convenient there!!But I guess for general use, I am comfortable with my pads….at least one knows when it’s time to change


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

if you give the thread of a tampon a slight tug and if its tight that means it not completely filled.. if its loose and tries to push to come out.. it means its time to change.. but i agree you can see and pads and judge how much time more can you wear it..


rachana September 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I have read some where Tampons cause infertility, they are not safe, pls get to know the side effects of this before using ladies, even sanitary pads has to be changed every 4 hours once, think abt tampon effect b4 using


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

relax it does not cause infertility..!!!! its all myths,to prevent the western culture of tampons in indain women. My narrow minded aunt freaked out when she found out i use tampons..!!! and started to brain wash me saying it not nice and this and that and said that men dont like women using tampons :pissedoff: .. ridiculous..!!! its completely safe.. pads need to be changed frequently becoz it is exposed to air.. which can spoil the blood in the pads and cause infections..


Priya September 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

great post karishma… :yes: :yes: :yes: have been meaning to write a post on tampons for long…i started using them when i joined swimming and thats when I really got the hang of it..restrict usage only for heavy days and night, but find it great for outdoors and travels. its so small you can carry it in your jeans pocket which comes really helpful if you need to change in office :) one does need practice to get used to it…but once u do..its very usable….


Natasha September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Just a note on the hymen thing. Inserting a tampon correctly will not damage your hymen. The hymen is not a solid wall of a membrane, there is a natural hole in it allowing menstrual flow to exit and tampons to be inserted. So, not to worry about keeping your hymen intact…nothing will happen.


Drishana September 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Wow…i too wuld love to use Tampons instead of pads…bye bye rashes …thanks for d awesome post :high5:
But i just dont know where to find them in Delhi. I have not seen them a anywhere untill now (n i frequent most malls and markets every weekend :haanji: )
Can anyone plzzzz guide me…i will b indebted for life :jaiho:


kanika September 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

any chemist, any departmental store, any supermarket….just see in the sanitary pads section and u will find lots of them :victory2:


Drishana September 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for the quick reply Kanika … :) But i have looked in all supermarkets…culdnt find any ?:) …i must b luking in d wrong places…will look again today…fingers crossed :balle:


Karishma September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

any local medical store will have them.. apollo pharmacy..!!


Nikita September 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Use tampons all day changing them every 4 hours but pad at night .Do not ever use tampons at night …it will infect and lead to some disorder (which i dont remember) and fatigue. Tampons are really very comfortable …initially ,it might be difficult to use them but its gets comfortable with time and you wont think of pads.


Pragnyadeepta September 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

:thanks: so much for this article,Karishma! :puchhi:
I was always a little skeptical about tampons,and I still prefer pads more,but now I can resort to this when the need arises.
Although I am still a little queesy about it. :roll: :struggle: :sidefrown: :idk:
But really,thanks a bunch,coz I rarely find such useful articles elsewhere. :haanji:


rids September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

thnk u for such a nice post !!! I m still skeptical of using tampons…. me happy with my sanitary napkins. . .


shrreya September 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

tz so good to know that tampons are available in india… never knew :P
but i just had one query i hope someone could answer it… which is that certain sanitary napkins cause allergies in some people (for eg: me) because of the top most layer is synthetic and not cotton… and it leads to horrible rashes in minutes of using those brands which don’t use cotton layer…..
could the same be in case of tampons as well?? i mean i wouldn’t wana try inserting something only to see that i’m allergic …YIKES!!!! :chewnails


kanika September 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

nope, tampoons are pure plain tightly bound cotton roll like stuff….just cotton :)


kanika September 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

tampons* have been writing tampons as tampoons all this while!!!! :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:


Keirti September 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

gr8 article n thanx for this info.. :)


moneezam September 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I have been using tampons for atleast 5-6 years i believe.. n have never had ne kind of problem… i love than so much that i can never use a tampon again.. sum months ago tampons were out of stock in north india.. i read in the newspapers that they were in stock in south.. so i convinced my husband to go to andamans for a holiday and one of the things i bought from there was a dozen boxes of tampons! that is how much i love them!!!


Bharti January 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

It was great to see this tampon post. I enjoyed reading all the comments. I recently started using tampons a year back. I am really curious as an Indian girl to wonder what other Indian girl thinks about tampons and do they use it even? The Indian ‘society’ and blah blah what do ‘aunty ji’ say about tampons really is entertaining and funny lol. I’m praying that more tampon brands come to India and I hope more ladies don’t hesitate to talk about ‘periods’ because it is a natural thing and by sharing our own remedies is how we can help each other in the end ^_^. I recently discovered this online store where you can buy tampons online. >>>

I bought some and once I receive them then I might do a post on them ^_^.


Ria March 25, 2013 at 11:59 am


Just read this post ! I think tampons are great and I personally went swimming in the sea with a tampon on ( 4th day ofc) but this could never have been possible with pads !! So even those who do not want to use it regularly can learn using them for times like these. Imagine what a killjoy pads would have been when you are wanting to take a dip ! Indian women have been rather slow to accept tampons, but i guess if more brands come in and availability increases they will switch !


jyothi February 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

My life changed when I started using tampons. No more awkwardness and discomfiture. I can move freely, work and do all kinds of daily activity effortlessly. Periods were a curse before tampons but now the my period days go by like any other normal day….the sad thing is in India women are discouraged by their own parents form using tampons for fear of losing virginity. Just one more of the many oppression that women have to face in our society. Tampons liberate women….so that she can embrace and celebrate her coming of age rather than be bowed down by shame and discomfort. OB is the only brand of tampons found over the counter in medical shops. But donot understand why there is no active online campainging or advertisement to help Indian women enjoy their freedom for all the days in a month.


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