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Tampon Trouble? Get To Know Your Tampons

December 27, 2010

Written by Sky

Are you having trouble putting in tampons because it feels painful? Most likely the case is that you are not relaxed! Just repeat after me relaxxxxxxx! Okay… good. Still with me? Okay another factor is that you may not be pushing the tampon in far enough. It is best to push a tampon till it reaches the cervix, otherwise it could be very uncomfortable for you to move around with one on. Another reason a tampon could be painful for you to insert or wear is maybe a vaginal infection, STD, or maybe there is an injury around your vulva or the inner walls of your vagina. If you think that this is the case bring this to the attention of your doctor immediately.

Common Myths About Tampons

True or False

  1. A tampon can get lost in your body.
    • False. A tampon CANNOT get lost inside your body because it has NOWHERE to go. The cervix has a very tiny opening and a tampon is to big to go through it. Another reason a tampon cannot get lost in your body is because the muscles beneath the vaginal walls are very strong and hold the tampon in place until you remove it. It is physically impossible for a tampon to get lost in your body.
  2. You lose your virginity if you insert a tampon.
    • False. According to medical science, a women cannot lose her virginity unless an erect penis is inserted into her vagina.
  3. You can do so much more physical activities like gymnastics, horseback riding and water sports if you use tampons.
    • True. Unlike pads, you can swim in tampons without worrying about leaks. Many athletic women are encouraged to use tampons during their periods.
  4. Tampons “plug up” the flow.
  5. I started my period, but I am to young for tampons.
    • False. If you have started your period you are NOT too young to use tampons.

Tampon Usage

Many women prefer to use tampons because they are so comfortable and they can do regular daily activities without worrying about changing their soggy pads. You should change your tampon every 4-8 hours to prevent leakage and Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS, (explained further down). Choose the correct absorbency for your flow (if you have a heavy flow then you should use a super absorbency tampon, but if you have a light or moderate flow, you should use regular or junior absorbency tampon).

There are many different kinds of tampon applicators and they all have their trade-offs. Plastic applicators are easier to insert and are more comfortable for some women. Cardboard applicators aren’t as comfortable to insert, but they are better for the environment. Last but not least, the non-applicator tampons could be rather uncomfortable for some women to insert, but they are easily disposed of and are very compact. It is your personal decision of what kind of tampon applicator you should use.

Wearing a tampon at night could be risky if you sleep for more than 8 hours. I recommend not wearing tampons overnight. Instead, use pads at night to reduce the chance of leakage and the possibility of TSS.

READ MORE Tampon Trouble? Get To Know Your Tampons
RELATED TOPICS Menstruation (Menstrual Cycle)
Painful periods – causes and risk factors
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
Women’s Health: The 411 on Your Period
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