Tampons: All You Need to Know About It

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Khadija Rahman
A spirited writer who looks at the world with an inquisitive mind. Passionate about many things, she is an active campaigner for women’s rights and wants to change the world, one article at a time.

Tampons are just as common as sanitary napkins in the United States and Europe. But, it is rarely the first choice for women here in India. A lot of it has to do with the lack of information and awareness. For those who are not aware, tampons are cylindrical-shaped plugs made from soft and absorbent material. It helps to absorb blood on your period.

How many kinds of tampons are there?

Basically, all tampons can be categorized into two types. One comes with an applicator, while the other one comes without it. The applicator tampons are usually better for a novice. Once you are used to it, you can advance towards non-applicator ones too. It also come in different sizes with different absorbency levels to choose from. 

Can tampons get lost inside you?

Many women who have not tried tampons worry that it would get lost inside you. It have been around for a long time and have undergone a lot of experiments and research. Our vagina walls are strong to hold the tampon in its place. Also, the tampon is too big to go through the cervix. This is a common myth that scares many potential users away. However, if you have sex with a tampon in or insert one on top of the other, you may have to see a gynecologist. 

Does a tampon hurt you?

A tampon is not supposed to hurt. But if the blood flow is light, then the dryness may cause a little discomfort. You can avoid it by using a slender tampon or a pad. If the vaginal dryness is bothering you, then you could use a lubricant to help slide the tampon in. 

Are tampons challenging to use?

It can be intimidating for those who have never used one. However, they are small enough to fit in your vagina easily. Besides, tampons are made of soft and absorbent material, so you wouldn’t notice it after a while. The boxes come with easy-to-follow instructions that will guide you through the process. For first time users, try one when you are in the middle of your period. That way, it would slide in easily. 

Do the tampon sizes matter?

A slender size is the best for you in the beginning. Make sure to change it every 4 to 8 hours. Once you have used it a couple of times, you will have a better idea about your size and flow. There are different absorbency-levels as well. 

Do I need to take out the tampon while peeing?

One of the best things about it is that it does not come in-between other bodily functions. You do not have to take them out every time you have to use the washroom. However, you can move the string away to keep it clean. 

Can I lose my virginity by wearing tampons?

Unless a penis has penetrated your vagina, you are still a virgin. Using a tampon will not take away your virginity. A virgin by cultural idea should have a hymen, which is a membrane that covers the vaginal opening. However, science tells us that daily activities like running, gymnastics, and horse riding can diminish the hymen. 

Can tampons give you Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Although more than half of the TSS cases are reported by tampon users, tampons are not the cause of it. It can affect men and women of all ages. In TSS, the patients can run flu-like symptoms with rashes and diarrhea. It is a medical emergency that should be given medical attention as soon as possible. You can avoid getting TSS by changing the tampons every 4 to 8 hours. 

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Can I wear a tampon while sleeping?

Yes, wearing tampons to bed is perfectly alright. You do not have to worry about the tampon falling out or anything like that. In fact, wearing tampons will help avoid embarrassing stains in the morning. However, if you plan on sleeping for longer than 8 hours, then you might want to change it right before you head to bed and after you wake up. If you can, get up in the middle of the night to change it. 

Tampons are a sigh of relief for those who do not want to deal with wet pads. Once you get used to tampons, it will be hard to go back to sanitary pads. Just be sure to wash your hands before touching a tampon. Also, remember to change the tampons often and you will be good to go.