Frequently Asked Questions
Who is VeriKeri?
VeriKeri is the creator of TOMIES, and is a TOMcat with over 30 years of period experience. She is also a mother, entrepreneur, vlogger and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has a passion for creating, celebrating and decorating. In 2014 VeriKeri started a Youtube channel to share her passions. In 2015 Veri Keri made a video that showed how she put together an Emergency Period kit for her middle school daughter. She soon discovered how many girls do not talk to their moms about their cycles. Soon after, she made the At Home Period Kit video and realized how many females struggle to find products that truly address the 5 C’s of the Cycle: Coverage, Cramps, Convenience, Comfort and Cost. Finally she made a video with her youngest daughter titled, “10 Ways to Sneak a Pad to the Bathroom at School”, and learned that many TOMkittens wanted a discrete way to carry a pad to the restroom. Discovering these unmet needs that TOMcats and TOM kittens were facing, VeriKeri created TOMIES, a complete menstrual system that addressed the 5C’s. TOMIES is not only a product, but a blog where girls/women can ask questions, receive advice and share stories. As a CPA, trust me, sisterhood is the bottom line.
How do the heating pads work?
The TOMIES heating pad is air activated and works by using a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation occurs when the package is opened and the ingredients are exposed to air. Oxidation is what generates the heat that delivers long lasting pain relief to cramps that are often associated with menstrual cycles. After opening the package, the heating pad will automatically begin to heat up and reach its full heating potential within 15-30 minutes. Due to is light, thin design, the heating pads are perfect to insert in the pocket of your TOMMIES panties and go unnoticed.
Do I still have to wear a pad/tampon or other menstrual product while using TOMIES?
Yes. TOMIES were not made to replace your existing choice of menstrual products. They were designed to work in conjunction with your menstrual product of choice to help aid in preventing those unexpected leaks. For example, TOMIES leakproof lining goes from the front of the panty all the way to the rear of the panty, so when lying on your back or your stomach you need not worry. TOMIES will prevent those spillages that would have normally occurred if you were not using a leakproof panty and were lying in any of those positions. TOMIES does eliminate the need for panty liners. If you are wearing a tampon, a menstrual cup, or have a very light flow (i.e. spotting), then TOMIES may be worn alone. TOMIES are perfect to wear on those days when you are expecting your period, but it hasn’t shown up yet. They will save you from embarrassment if your period starts unexpectedly, like while in school.
How do I wash my TOMIES?
TOMIES can be machine washed, but it is recommended that you hand wash them for maximum longevity. Whether you chose to hand wash or machine wash, you must first rinse the panties in the sink using cool water to get rid of any blood. Then with a mild detergent you can proceed to hand/machine wash in cool water. The preferred method is to air dry, but you can put your TOMIES in the dryer on air dry or low. It is not recommended to use fabric softener with your TOMIES.
Can I return my TOMIES for a refund or store credit?
Due to the nature of our product we are not able to offer any refunds or store credits. All sales are final. Please make sure you select the size that most closely resembles your body type/weight to ensure that you get the correct fit.