A girl who has only recently formed a menstrual cycle is interested in questions: “What are tampons?”, “How to use tampons?”, “How to insert a tampon?”, “Can a virgin use tampons?” and “Can they damage the hymen?”.
Today we will try to answer the most important of your questions.
What are tampons?
Tampons – these are very easy-to-use products that do not require any great skills when inserted into the vagina. They are made of soft materials that easily absorb moisture, most often it is cotton wool. To give the cotton wool a cylindrical shape, several layers of it are tightly sewn together, twisted and pressed. A tampon is inserted into your vagina, where it swells to absorb your menstrual flow and mold to your body.
Can you lose your virginity with a tampon?
Tampons without fear of breaking the hymen (a mucus partition that blocks the entrance to the vagina and leaves a hymenal opening for the flow of menstrual blood) can be used even by girls who do not have sexual experience.
In most girls, by the first menstruation (11-14 years old), the hymenal opening is 1.5-2 cm in diameter, while the maximum size of tampons in diameter is no more than 1.5 cm. Therefore, a tampon can be inserted into the vagina of this girl without prejudice to health, in addition, for the first time it is better to use the size “mini” or “normal”.
To facilitate insertion, girls are recommended tampons with applicators – devices that facilitate the insertion of a tampon and allow them not to get their hands dirty.
Why does a tampon interfere?
When using tampons, discomfort is usually associated with improper insertion of this hygiene product into the vagina. The tampon is practically not noticeable if it is located correctly, so remember that the main thing when inserting it is the ability to relax the muscles. The vagina is directed at an angle upwards to the lower back, so you need to try to choose the right angle for inserting the tampon, for which find a comfortable position, for example, standing with one foot on a small step. The necessary skill comes with experience.
Can a tampon fall out?
The tampon cannot fall out, because it is located between the vaginal muscles, and it cannot rise into the uterus, because the cervical canal is very narrow, its width is 1 mm.
How to take out a tampon?
The tampon is easily removed by pulling on the lanyard, so it cannot get lost and stuck inside the body. Do not panic if, in an exceptional case, the lanyard comes off and the tampon remains inside the body. Wash your hands well, insert your fingers into the vagina and remove the tampon. If this still fails, contact a gynecologist, who will remove the swab easily.
When to change a tampon?
To check if it’s time to change the tampon, you need to pull the cord. If the tampon follows your movements easily, then it’s time to change it. The tampon can be left on for a while if it does not give in to light sipping. During menstruation, the intensity of the discharge changes, so the main thing is to constantly select tampons of the desired degree of absorption.
General rule. If it’s been less than 4 hours since you put your tampon in and you feel like it’s time to change it, then you need to try tampons with a higher absorbency, for example, instead of “normal” or “super”. If, when removing the tampon after 5 hours, there are still white spots on it, then instead of “normal” you need to take “mini”.
You do not need to use tampons with a higher degree of absorbency than you currently need. Even if you are too lazy to change them often.
The best option is to change tampons every 3-4 hours, even with mild discharge. Leaks and discomfort can only be caused by insufficiently deep or incorrect insertion of the tampon. In such cases, the tampon must be removed and then a new one inserted.
Tampons are distinguished by the volume of absorbed liquid:
- Super plus – for very heavy menstrual flow;
- Super- for abundant and moderate discharge;
- Regular – for moderate and slight discharge;
- Lites – for minor discharges and for teenagers (recommended tampons for girls).
Such a variety of tampons allows them to be used throughout the period of menstruation. But it is not recommended to constantly use tampons due to the risk of developing infections.
Where to use tampons?
Tampons are indispensable when doing active sports, in particular swimming, since you can swim with tampons, as well as on vacation and at a disco. However, you can get health problems if you use only tampons and do not alternate them with pads.
Before you start using these hygiene products, you need to visit a gynecologist, because only a gynecologically healthy woman can use tampons. Tampons should not be used:
- with an atypical body structure identified by a gynecologist;
- in the treatment of vaginal infections (a swab can absorb some of the medicine);
- with inflammation of the vagina (before treatment);
- after childbirth, until the menstrual cycle returns to normal.
- STSH. Toxic shock syndrome.
Speaking of tampons, one cannot ignore such a problem as TSS (toxic shock syndrome), which occurs when bacteria, poisons, and toxins enter the bloodstream. TSS is a very rare and life-threatening disease that is more common in women who use very absorbent tampons during critical days.
In a small amount, pyogenic Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridia normally inhabit the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, vagina and skin of any woman, sometimes for some reason the number of these bacteria increases, they lead to an increase in toxins, as a result, an infectious disease develops.
The following causes of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) have been established:
- In the mucous membrane of the female genital organs, when a tampon is inserted, microcracks are formed, as a result, bacteria and their toxins penetrate directly into the bloodstream.
- In the vagina, the tampon keeps bacteria that grow there quickly and contribute to an increase in the amount of toxins.
- The use of vaginal contraceptives: diaphragms, caps, spermicidal sponges.
- Surgical interventions, skin lesions or other infectious processes in the body.
The risk group includes women 15-30 years old.
Symptoms of TSS (toxic shock syndrome):
- chills, headache, fever up to 40 gr. and higher,
- confusion, dizziness, a sharp decrease in blood pressure,
- diarrhea, vomiting,
- fainting, convulsions,
- a sunburn-like rash that usually appears on the palms and soles.
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