TSS prevention —w hy absorbency matters. Choosing the right absorbency It's important to choose the lowest absorbency for your menstrual flow. Your flow changes from day to day, so you may need to use different absorbencies on different days of your period. Here's how to pick the right absorbency tampon for your flow: Take the tampon out after wearing it for four hours. If it has soaked up to the full amount, you may want to try a higher absorbency. If white fiber is still showing, you should choose a lower absorbency. If you sleep less than eight hours a night and use a tampon, choose the lowest absorbency needed. Insert a fresh one just before going to bed and remove it as soon as you wake up in the morning. If you sleep more than eight hours, don't use a tampon —use a pad before going to bed. You should never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours. If you want to totally avoid the risk of TSS as associated with tampon use, avoid using tampons completely and use pads instead.
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