Figuring out what kind of menstrual device to use while on your period can be confusing
So we’re here to help you learn about one of these - tampons!
Tampons are small cylindrical products made out of materials like cotton or rayon and
are inserted inside the vagina to absorb menstrual bleeding.
Once you figure out how to use them, they are extremely comfortable but unfortunately
are not always 100% leak proof.
They come in many forms and materials as well such as with plastic or cardboard applicators
that make it easier to insert or without any applicator.
You can also buy them in different absorbency levels from light, to regular to super and
can also be made of organic, chemical free materials.
No matter the type - they all come with a string at one end for easy removal.
There is no minimum age for using a tampon, but if you’re a beginner it might be easiest
to start with using one with an applicator.
It’s also important to remember that using a more absorbent version does not guarantee
a leak free experience and in rare situations can lead to toxic shock syndrome.
The best thing you can do is use the lowest absorbency first and then change it based
on your experience.
The most important thing for first time users is to relax, its normal to be nervous, and
don’t be afraid to ask a friend, sister, mom or doctor for guidance as well!
It’s a good idea to try it out on a moderate to heavy day as inserting it into a dry space
can be harder at first.
Make sure to start with clean hands and figure out what position works best for you.
Try sitting on the toilet with your legs open or standing with one leg raised on the toilet.
It’s common to think our vagina is parallel to our spine but it is actually at a 45* angle
so if you try to push the tampon in vertically you will feel yourself hitting a wall.
With the string outside insert the top slightly inside and then push the applicator all the
way in and then pull out the applicator casing.
If you’re using a tampon without an applicator, push it in all the way with your finger.
It should not stick out at all or it will be painful!
If it has been inserted correctly, you will feel nothing at all, it’s also normal for
this to take a few tries to master.
Tampons can be worn for 4-8 hours but never more as it could result in toxic shock syndrome.
An easy way to remember to change is to set an alarm on your phone!
This time frame means that you can wear one overnight but if you’re sleeping in then
it might be better to just stick to a pad or menstrual cup.
If you experience a heavy flow, you can use a tampon with a pad or panty liner for an
extra layer of protection from leaks!
These little miracles are perfect for athletes, dancers and gymnasts and can even be worn
For those of you wondering, most women are able to use tampons pain free, without affecting
their hymen as well.
When it’s time to remove your tampon, wash your hands, get back into your comfortable
position and pull it out with the string.
If it feels stuck, relax and try again or leave it in for a couple more hours as a dry
tampon is slightly uncomfortable to remove.
Remember that it’s impossible for it to get lost inside your body and if you have
inserted it, it will be there till removed.
If you absolutely can’t feel it then make sure to visit a gynaecologist for help.
Once it has been removed, wrap it in toilet paper and throw it in the trash.
Don’t flush it because it will cause damage to your plumbing as well as the environment!
Ultimately, remember that there is no wrong choice for what you use,
as long as you make an informed decision and listen to your body!
We hope this video helped you, and until next time stay tuned and stay glamrs.