How to use a tampon

Tampons, like sanitary napkins, are feminine hygiene products used to absorb the menstrual blood which gets discharged from a woman’s body every month. It is a small, cylindrical substance made of complex substances such as rayon and cotton, pressed together so that it can be easily inserted in your vaginal opening. Due to the physical ease felt whilst using a tampon during periods, some women prefer them over sanitary napkins. Like pads, they too come in different sizes and levels of absorbing. 

It is recommended for everyone to not use superabsorbent tampons, they usually have the strength to absorb even the good bacteria from your vagina. They can, in some cases, cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. It is advised to use slender size tampons

Tampons can be inserted inside the vagina through the vaginal opening. It’s an easy task to insert tampon, once you are relaxed. Usually, it does take a few or more tries to finally learn how to use tampons correctly and comfortably. You can insert the tampon using your finger or the plastic applicator. It is advisable to use your hands, as plastic applicator can cause tear of skin tissue leading to inflammation and other STDs. 

Here are a few instructions on how to insert a tampon –

  • First, wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water. After drying your hands, unwrap the tampon. You can either put it in the applicator or use your hands to insert it.
  • Gently pull the string to make sure it is attached firmly. 
  • Sit in a comfortable position spreading your legs a little apart.
  • Insert the tampon in your vagina, either through your fingers or the applicator. 
  • Now push it inside, do not push it very far inside as it will make you feel uncomfortable. 
  • Still not feeling comfortable, there may be chances of your tampon not being inserted far enough. Try pushing it a little inside, if you’re still feeling any discomfort. Remove it and try it with a new one. It is to be noted that, no discomfort will be felt if tampons are placed correctly.
  • Now to remove your tampon, you need to relax your muscles. Sit in the similar position you did while inserting it in. Now pull down the string and the tampon will slide out easily. Dispose it in the dustbin.

It is strongly recommended to change the tampons after every four to six hours. Any delay results in overgrowth of bacteria, which in turn is a serious hygienic issue, and can affect the reproductive organs.

As tampon also absorbs the natural moisture of the vagina, it can be unpleasant pulling out a dry tampon. Moreover, some leftovers of tampons can cause TSS i.e. Toxic Shock Syndrome. It is a rare yet dangerous infection and can occur in girls who use tampons. It is not tampons that cause TSS but a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. When this bacteria grows, it releases a toxin that causes severe illness. It is advised to not use tampons if you plan of wearing something overnight; instead use pads. 

Tampons can be a preferable alternative for sanitary napkins as they do not cause rashes or irritation in genital area. However, as they are inserted inside our vagina, we have to be more careful with its use. If not taken out on time it can become a breeding ground for certain unwanted bacteria. Also, removal can be a bit painful if it absorbs all the natural moisture. Thus, we advise you to use biodegradable, non-scented tampons that are more hygienic than the non – biodegradable and scented ones!

WHL Tip: Depending on factors such as your daily amount of activity, the amount of blood flow, your age and weight, choose the hygiene products that suit you best. All products have their advantages and disadvantages. Choose well, what gives you maximum comfort.

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