Tampons have appeared relatively recently, but have already become widespread. Say what you like, but using a tampon is very convenient. Many women know about tampons, but not everyone decides to use them because they have heard about the unpleasant consequences. To figure out whether tampons can be used, you need to weigh the pros and cons. In our article, we will tell the whole truth about tampons and the myths that women invent.
Some myths about tampons
The tampon provides protection for 8 hours.
The pack of tampons contains a leaflet, according to which a woman can wear a tampon for up to 8 hours. This is not entirely true. At the very beginning of menstruation, the flow of blood is large and the tampon is not able to absorb more blood than its absorbent properties allow. And this means that it will absorb no more than two hours. Then the tampon will have to be changed. In the last days of menstruation, the amount of blood decreases, but it becomes difficult to remove it, because the tampon remains almost dry. But this does not mean that the tampon should be worn for 8 hours.
Do not use a tampon at night.
A tampon is completely safe if used correctly. In addition, blood flow is much less at night than during the day. Some women can sleep with it all night, while others only need to change it once a night. A tampon is very convenient because a woman can roll over in her sleep and leakage can occur if one pad is used. This will not happen with a tampon. If you still worry, then in addition to the tampon, you can use a pad.
The applicator may break and the tampon cannot be removed.
This is a very rare case. The applicator can break only when low-quality tampons of unknown companies were used. But if this still happened, then you can get the tampon with your fingers. Just before this procedure, you need to thoroughly wash your hands. You need to take out the tampon in the same position as when you inserted it. If not, you should immediately contact a gynecologist.
Tampons cannot be used by virgins.
Tampons have nothing to do with having sex. A tampon, of course, can damage the hymen, but this happens extremely rarely. Basically, he can stretch it. And damage can also occur when riding, playing sports, gymnastics. The hymen has an opening through which discharge and menstruation pass. The doctor may prescribe the use of special tampons that swell only in length, and not in width like the rest. It won’t do any harm.
If you insert a tampon too deep, it can get lost “inside”.
This is complete nonsense. In extreme cases, a tampon can be inserted up to the cervix. Further, the tampon simply will not pass. The tampon is much larger than the opening in the cervix. Therefore, the tampon will remain in one place, held by the walls of the vagina.
The tampon may fall out.
If the insertion procedure is correct, the tampon will not fall out. It will adhere to the walls of the vagina and the muscles around the entrance to the vagina.
Using a tampon every day is harmful.
The swab cannot block the flow of blood. If it can no longer absorb, then the blood will pass through it or flow around the outside. If the tampon is inserted correctly, it will absorb well. This means that you can use it every day during your period.
Tampons harm the flora of the vagina.
During menstruation, the pH of the vagina changes. This can lead to the multiplication of various pathogenic bacteria. Only tampons have nothing to do with it.
Tampons are uncomfortable.
To avoid this, you need to choose the right size and degree of absorbency. If all the rules are followed and the tampon is inserted correctly, then there will be no discomfort.
Do not use tampons after pregnancy.
Every woman has her own characteristics of the body. Everyone heals postpartum trauma differently. When exactly you can start using tampons, only a doctor can tell.