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A How-To-Guide on Tampons

September 16, 2019 • Joyner Musombi

With the variety of sanitary care products available on the market, how do you know which is actually a good fit for you? That’s why we are here to help guide you!

Tampons like other “feminine hygiene products” help absorb blood during your period. They are little plugs made of cotton that fit inside your vagina. Some of them come with an applicator that helps you put in a tampon. All tampons have a string attached to the end, so you can easily pull them out. 

There are plenty of myths and misinformation out there about tampon use during your period such as them disappearing in your body. Bottom line is that when used appropriately tampons are an effective and very convenient way to manage your menstrual flow.

What You Need to Know

It’s totally up to you to decide how frequently you use tampons, for instance, you may use tampons during the day and pads at night. Whether you’ve been using tampons for years, or you’re ready for a change, these are the two factors for you to keep in mind when looking for the best tampon type:

  • Comfort
  • Absorbency level

There are different types of tampons and tampon sizes available based on the absorbency of a tampon, they can be of high, regular, or low absorbency depending on your flow. On the days when you are about to finish your period and the blood flow is almost negligent, you would be using the low absorbency tampon. It’s best to change your tampon every 4-8 hours. Leaving your tampon in for more than 8 hours can cause an illness called toxic shock syndrome. You can wear a tampon overnight, but put it in right before bed and change it as soon as you get up in the morning. 

Tampons have a string at one end that hangs out of your vagina. You take the tampon out by gently pulling the string. It’s easier to take your tampon out when it’s wet from absorbing the max amount of period flow it can. Wrap used tampons in toilet paper and throw them away in the trash — don’t flush them.

Benefits of using a Tampon

Using a tampon comes with a lot of benefits. If you are going to be a regular tampon user, you will be able to swim with your tampon on without worrying about leaking. Tampons are more comfortable and convenient because it’s out of the way and you usually can’t feel it, especially when playing sports. Most women also feel that using tampons makes them feel cleaner. Tampons do not make you overly conscious about your flow, and with tampons, you can wear whatever underwear and clothes you like. Other benefits of tampons are that it is lightweight, easy to carry, and can be taken around in your pocket as well.

How to Insert a Tampon

The only difficulty with using a tampon is learning how to insert it properly.  Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, it might take a few tries before you get a comfortable fit. When you are trying to insert the tampon for the first time just remember to wash your hands and relax the muscles of your pelvic floor, then twist and glide in your vaginal opening. Squatting or standing and placing one foot on the edge of your bathtub are tricks that could make tampon insertion a little easier. Wait until there is a lot of blood at your vaginal opening and then try to insert the tampon. 

Some tampons come with applicators — small sticks made of cardboard or plastic that help you put the tampon in your vagina. And some tampons don’t have an applicator, so you just put them in with your finger. Throw the wrapper and applicator in the trash — don’t flush them. If you can still feel your tampon, then you need to push it higher.

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Watch video illustration on how to insert tampons with applicators.

Authored by Shaki Toni

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