Tampon: Ten Things You May Not Know
Did you hear the joke about the three boys who found money in the street? They were deciding what to buy with it when one boy suggested they buy a box of tampons. His friends admitted they didn't know what a tampon was. He said, "I don't know either, but the ads say you can go swimming with them, play tennis with them, go horseback riding with them and they help you feel great all day long!" Well, that joke aside, here are 10 facts about tampon use that you may not know:
A tampon is easy to insert It may take a few tries, but once you have the right opening (the one in the middle) and the right angle, a tampon glides in easily and painlessly. Each box comes with directions, including pictures. For your first few tries, it helps to have a hand mirror in hand so you can see what's going on down there. A tampon is easy to remove Each tampon comes with a string that's attached to the tampon. When you're ready to change your tampon, just tug on the string and it will come right out. Because the string of a Tampax tampon is sewn all the way through the tampon, it stays attached and pulls the whole tampon out every time. If you're having trouble removing a tampon, try to relax your muscles. If it still won't come out, leave it in a bit longer and give it time to absorb more menstrual fluid and become easier to remove. A tampon keeps up with your active life A tampon is the protection of choice when you're exercising, and not just because they keep your period a secret. You can feel confident that a tampon will stay in place while you're on the go. Unlike with a pad, you can even wear it while you swim, and when you're through exercising, you don't have to take it out to shower. A tampon protects against leaks A tampon is designed to keep you protected for up to 8 hours (tampons should not be worn for more than 8 hours). You will learn after tampon use for one or two periods how often you need to change your tampon. Here's a guideline: Change your tampon every 4 –8 hours, as needed. If it gets saturated in less than 4 hours, try a heavier absorbency tampon. If after 8 hours your tampon still isn't saturated and isn't easy to remove, try a lighter absorbency next time. If you're wearing the right size tampon for your flow, and pay attention to your body and its needs, you can have great protection every time. You can keep your tampon in when you go to the bathroom There are three openings "down there" —one for pee, one for poop, and one for menstrual blood. The tampon goes through the one in the center, letting you use the bathroom freely without having to change your tampon every time. Just move the string to the side to keep it clean, and you're good to go. A tampon won't cramp your style You don't have to change your look just because you have your period. With tampons, you have nothing to hide. You can wear a tampon with a tight uniform like a ballet leotard, a short skirt, or even a thong without being detected. A tampon can help you ease your cramps Because light exercise is one of the best ways to ease cramps and take away that heavy, bloated feeling, tampon use is a comfortable and reliable form of protection whether you're cycling, swimming, stretching, or doing yoga. A tampon helps you feel clean and fresh Because menstrual blood is absorbed before it hits the air and causes an odor, there's no unpleasant smell. For an extra fresh feeling, try scented tampons. A tampon protects you for up to 8 hours With the right protection for your flow, you can keep a tampon in for up to 8 hours. That's as long as a day at school or a day at the beach. (Tampons should not be worn for longer than 8 hours.) A tampon frees you up to forget about your period When you're not worried about something showing through your pants or slipping out of place, and you don't feel something between your legs as a constant reminder you have your period, you're free to forget about your Monthly Visitor and get on with your life.
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