Listen, ladies: if your fella won’t go buy you a box of tampons when you run out, he is not The One. But you might want to send him with very specific instructions because a lot of men apparently have no idea what the labels on tampon boxes mean. And to be fair, all the different brands and letters and colors CAN get confusing.
On Twitter, women started asking their boyfriends what the letters on tampons mean and posting screenshots of the replies.
A sad number of men were absolutely clueless.
It all started with this (satirical?) tweet:
My girlfriend left a tampon at my apartment and idk where the left one is. Anyone know where I can get a single left tampon to keep a set here for emergencies? pic.twitter.com/6D51FIWrVU
— Evan J Worthen (@harambevan) September 1, 2019
And it spun out from there…
i gotta find me a new one pic.twitter.com/boAWqCFY9k
— Kim (@kiiiiimberly_) September 2, 2019
One man thought the R stood for “radius.” Another said “rheumatoid arthritis.” Other guesses included: “ready,” “rough,” “relaxed fit,” “regulate,” “real,” “reverse,” “ripe,” “reusable,” or “ridiculously bleeding.”
Y’all I- pic.twitter.com/DIm10U2Ia5
— taly (@nathaliexrios) September 2, 2019
Other tampons feature the letters L, leading some men to believe that the L and R go together, like left and right.
“I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that people are left and right vagina’d just like people are left and right handed,” one person’s boyfriend wrote.
A surprising number of men agreed.
Anyway, that line of thinking almost makes sense until you see that there is a third kind of tampon with the letter S on it. That’s where a lot of men went rogue with their guesses. One went with “sideways.” Another guessed “spotting” which actually is a logical guess. Still others guessed “small” — as in large, regular and small.
well that wasn’t as entertaining as i thought it’d be pic.twitter.com/qz6Eob3dhA
— kait (@kaitgodwin) September 2, 2019
Guys, the letters stand for “regular,” “light,” and “super.” These labels refer to the heaviness of the blood flow that the tampons are able to absorb — light tampons are smallest, and super tampons are largest.
Okay?!?! Boyfriends of the world, tell your friends.