Camp Gyno ad all the rage, but what about the period treat boxes? Would you buy them?

The Camp Gyno ad is an internet sensation about a little girl who got her period FIRST at camp and ruled the roost as the period expert (or camp gyno) until ….. parents starting sending their daughters Hello Flo period boxes. The boxes discreetly arrive days before your expected period with pads, tampons and of course candy! The boxes range from $14 to $18 depending on your flow. (I wonder if you get more candy with a heavier flow?)

(I can’t load the video for you to watch here. I can’t use the new embed code in this version of WordPress so you’ll have to hit the link to watch the video. (Sorry!) But then come back and read on and comment.)

I love the Camp Gyno video, but I’m not crazy about the product. I just don’t know who would buy this product. It’s not economical and the young girls, who I assume the product is aimed, notoriously don’t have regular periods.

I can totally see a mom wanting to give her daughter some TLC when she starts but it’s much less expensive to pick up Hershey’s bar and some tampons.

Some women on the website suggested they send vodka and chocolate to older women. At least they’re usually regular.

New York Magazine.com agrees with me.

From NY Mag.com:

“The Camp Gyno says Hello Flo is like “Santa for your vagina,” and maybe it would be a nice gift for the early developers with one foot firmly stuck in childhood. But once you’re old enough to comprehend the improbability of an immortal old man flying around the world each Christmas Eve, you might realize that the business model here is taking half of a $7 box of tampons and selling it to a woman for $15 because she can’t count the 28 days in between periods. Or ask her dad to put tampons on the grocery list. Or suck it up with some wadded toilet paper for the five-minute drive to Walgreen’s. Or get used to the idea of strangers in line there knowing she’s of child-bearing age. The Camp Gyno would.”

So what did you think of the ad and the products? Do you love the ad? Would you buy the product? What would you pay for this service? Does candy really hit the PMS urge or just chocolate? (But you can’t send chocolate by mail — it will melt.)

Is it good for girls/women to be able to talk openly about periods? Are the unmarked boxes bad in some way?

29 comments Add your comment

catlady

August 5th, 2013
6:45 am

O M G.

Nothing wrong,with talking about it with your family, however this is way over the top.

FCM

August 5th, 2013
7:06 am

@ catlady, this is a ligit discussion. At least for those with girls.

My eldest started sometime last fall. The second month around I knew what was what when she burst out crying in the car and said “But MOM! You don’t understand everything I own makes me look fat!!!!!” (The kid is not fat). I went straight to the store got her a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (Cookie Dough) and Midol. Within 20 min she was ok.

I don’t know that I would buy this pre-pack deal. I do however keep in mind that we need some things (like ice cream or chocolate) on hand at certain times of the month.

catlady

August 5th, 2013
7:06 am

I know. Let’s announce and develop “packages” for young men when they begin to have nocturnal emissions!

Mayhem

August 5th, 2013
7:12 am

Stupid, stupid STUPID.

malleesmom

August 5th, 2013
7:14 am

ugh! I do not like the ad. I would not buy the product nor would I pay for the service. Next!

BlondeHoney

August 5th, 2013
7:34 am

Never discussed mine and do NOT care to hear about, much less discuss, anyone else’s. T.M.I.

A

August 5th, 2013
7:38 am

So glad I don’t have a daughter!

Mother of 2

August 5th, 2013
7:42 am

I remember the anxiety of going away while I was a teen. I probably would have liked to get the gift box. My friends with daughters in this age group simply pack a “just in case” box and send their kids on their way.

catlady

August 5th, 2013
7:56 am

Don’t doubt the legit nature of the discussion. I have 2 daughters. Not into being a target of marketing.

I have,had to do some explaining,at school, especially to quite a few fifth grade girls, who have no clue what is happening. One thought she was dying! Hardest to do was the Latina who spoke virtually no English. 4 years of high school Spanish did NOT give me the vocabulary to explain to her, or to call her mother!

mystery poster

August 5th, 2013
8:19 am

I agree with catlady, that was way over the top and in very poor taste. I would never buy this product, there are times when your needs differ and you can get what you need at the local store.
Off topic, who thought the name “always” was a good name for pads. Like you want your period always?

Mayhem

August 5th, 2013
8:55 am

SOOOO Thankful I don’t have the monthly visitor anymore. I welcomed menopause with open arms!!! I’ll take the night sweats over the cramps and bloatedness ANYDAY!!!!!

Talk about freedom!!!!

Misty

August 5th, 2013
9:28 am

I don’t have children yet but I wouldn’t do this. I’d make my own box for my daughters if they were going away somewhere and were of the age. Thankfully, I have a husband who is not embarrassed at all to go “shopping” for me. I don’t crave chocolate or ice cream but do find caffeine helps even though you’re supposed to stay away from it. If/when I have a daughter, I’m sure I’ll stock up on candy, etc. for her.

Jaynie

August 5th, 2013
9:50 am

I am with Mayhem. Menopause was a mild year or so compared to 40 years of cramps, bloating, leaks, headaches, etc. I am so glad that part of my life is OVER! I tell my grandduaghter, who is 18, that is the one really good thing about getting older.

Becky

August 5th, 2013
10:30 am

My issue with this ad, is the fact that (to me) it seems like they are encouraging really young girls to use tampons..My girl is 11 and she got her “red badge” about 4 months after she turned 10 and there is no way in H#LL that I want her to use them..

VaLady

August 5th, 2013
10:35 am

Although I have no daughters, I would not buy this product for them. I’m old enough to remember when “respectable” ladies would NOT buy their “sanitary” products in the grocery or drug store. This was during the age of “Modess…because.” Instead, my Mom would call Mrs. Portnoy at Lerner’s Department store (a clothing store) and ask her to set aside a “big box of supplies,” which would be completely wrapped in blue paper to disguise the product. My Mom was mortified when I, a liberated flower child of the ’60’s, walked into the local Drug Fair, bought my own supply and proudly carried it to the car.

VaLady

August 5th, 2013
10:35 am

Although I have no daughters, I would not buy this product for them. I’m old enough to remember when “respectable” ladies would NOT buy their “sanitary” products in the grocery or drug store. This was during the age of “Modess…because.” Instead, my Mom would call Mrs. Portnoy at Lerner’s Department store (a clothing store) and ask her to set aside a “big box of supplies,” which would be completely wrapped in blue paper to disguise the product. My Mom was mortified when I, a liberated flower child of the ’60’s, walked into the local Drug Fair, bought my own supply and proudly carried it to the car.

VaLady

August 5th, 2013
10:36 am

Sorry about the double post. I only pressed Submit Comment once.

missnadine

August 5th, 2013
10:58 am

This is absurd.

Seriously?

August 5th, 2013
11:58 am

I think this is fun. It’s overpriced and you could make something similar for yourself or kid easily but I don’t get all the hate. To the mom who won’t let her daughter use tampons, my mom had the same attitude (I got my period on the last day of 5th grade). I still (in my late 30s) don’t see the logic in this. Tampons are cleaner, easier to hide in school and TSS is so very rare. What’s the issue??

beth

August 5th, 2013
12:33 pm

I saw the commerical and thought it was hilarious! I showed it to my 8 year old daughter. She thought it was gross. LOL. I don’t think I will be buying any pre-made “treat boxes”, but I wouldn’t rule out making one of my own for her.

catmom

August 5th, 2013
12:47 pm

Wow. Whatever happened to being low-key? Must everything be made into a production? Not that I’m in favor of acting like your period is something to be embarrassed about, but it’s nobody else’s business. I started when I was 11, and I remember being horrified to learn that my aunt kept track of my cousin’s cycle on a calendar. I kept track of my own cycle without anyone looking over my shoulder, but I knew I could go to my mom if there was a problem.

I used pads for the first few years because I was nervous about using tampons (and even the “junior” size felt uncomfortable to me), but my mom kind of made fun of me for using pads and was always harping at me to use tampons. I think each girl should do whatever is most comfortable for her. Not every girl is ready for tampons right away (or ever).

Sk8ing Momma

August 5th, 2013
1:03 pm

Unmarked boxes?!?!…PUH-LEEZ!

We’re straight shooters around here. Buying a box of feminine hygiene products is no different than buying a box of cereal. They’re just part of life; everyone uses them, and they’re no big deal. I felt the same way as a kid. I had no problem buying products when I went to the grocery store with either of my parents. It did feel a *little* odd at first; but, I soon got over it!

IMO, I wouldn’t buy a discreet box. Doing so would imply that there’s something wrong with one’s cycle and/or feminine hygiene products. I find nothing to hide about either.

Techmom

August 5th, 2013
1:05 pm

@Seriously? I’m with you. Hate pads. As soon as I started wearing tampons, I wondered why anyone would still use pads. I have an aunt who is only like 10 years older than me and she has never worn a tampon in her life. WTF.

I have a son so don’t need to worry about this but when I was like 12, I remember getting a little box in the mail from Always that had a couple of pads, pantyliners, etc. a little zipper pouch to put a couple of pads in and a booklet about periods with a little calendar. I found it very helpful. Not something I needed every month but certainly it was helpful to get prior to starting my period so I was ready when it did happen.

Mayhem

August 5th, 2013
1:18 pm

I didn’t use tampons for the first few years, or the last 5 years. I had such a heavy flow, tampons couldn’t be trusted. Plus as I got older, they were incredibly uncomfortable.

I remember, in Junior high school, the only time we girls ever carried a purse was when we were on our period. LOL.

Jessica

August 5th, 2013
1:39 pm

I loved the commercial. Too often I’ve seen girls, and grown women, who still don’t like to acknowledge this part of life.

I don’t like the emphasis on tampons. Simply because I remember the discomfort of them when I got mine at 12, and my mom only had those in the house til we could get to the store. To me it’s a personal choice. As far as teens being irregular, I’ve been at 33 days ever since I started.

I wouldn’t use the service though, for myself or daughters, the mark up is nearly 100% and I don’t use those particular products.

Jessica (the usual one)

August 5th, 2013
3:34 pm

While there is no reason for girls to be ashamed of this normal part of being a woman, some things should be kept private out of respect for yourself and other people. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean you have to publicly flaunt it. I think the best thing mothers can do for their daughters is give them the information they need and teach them to discreetly take care of their needs.

(I wasn’t going to comment on this topic at all, but someone else commented as “Jessica” and I don’t want people who read this blog and know me thinking that I would share all the details about my cycle.)

Longtime Educator

August 5th, 2013
10:34 pm

This commercial brought back bitter sweet memories as my daughter had her first cycle when she was away at church camp. Fortunately, the older girls took her under their wing and helped her through what she considered a horribly embarrassing situation. (and of course they did not try to get her to use tampons right off the bat!) Said daughter is now pregnant with her first baby!

FCM

August 6th, 2013
6:46 am

Eldest daughter used tampons this summer when whe went to the beach or swimming. She told me she prefers a pad but was not skipping the water! We did discuss TSS so that if anything amiss seemed to be occurring she would know to get help.

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August 6th, 2013
7:56 am

i thought it was weird that they push tampons at younger girls. whatever happened to the ol’ trusty pad for a pre-teen? i am a firm believer in being open about our bodies with our children, but i would rather wait a few years before teaching my young daughter how to properly insert anything into her nether regions! lol