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Added August 01, 2013

Strings Not Wings: When To Use A Tampon

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You've been using tampons for a few years, now, but are there still some things you aren't sure of and can't ask anyone because you feel you're "supposed to already know"? Relax, you're not alone. While you're confident understanding the facts about going swimming with a tampon...and remaining a virgin after you use a tampon...certain questions remain. For some reason, tampons have been the target of misinformation for years. BeingGirl is out to clear up these rumors by addressing your most popular concerns. If your issue is not dealt with below, send your question to our Ask The Experts section and they'll be happy to respond.


"I've heard the same story since I was thirteen about a girl who lost a tampon inside and never found it. Is that even possible?"

Well, that's one story that falls into the realm of fiction! Your five-inch long vagina is a "closed campus." At the top is the cervix, the gatekeeper to the uterus. Which has a very small opening that allows menstrual fluid and sperm through but isn't big enough for a tampon or other objects to pass through. That said, a tampon may move up in your vagina beyond your reach. If you leave the tampon in, it could cause a foul discharge or a minor infection. Here's what you have to do: Squat down and insert your thumb and forefinger into your vagina. Sweep the fingers back and forth and try to feel the cord or tampon itself. Once you feel the tampon/cord, grasp it and pull it out. If your tampon is AWOL, you need to see your gynecologist.


"My girlfriend says she was taught she could flush her tampons and the packaging down the toilet. Is she correct?"

Let's all join in and take care of this precious planet and NOT flush any plastic applicator parts or packaging down the toilet when you use a tampon.


"I read the boxes and know that tampons are made to accommodate varying blood flows. How are you supposed to compare your flow? Is yours heavier or lighter than the woman who is buying the same box?"

Don't get hung up on measuring exact amounts. Even if it seems you are flowing heavily, the total each month is usually only about a quarter of a cup. Try different absorbencies on different days. A good rule of thumb is to change your tampon every four to eight hours. If your tampon isn't saturated by then, use a less absorbent size. You should always use a tampon with the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow.


"How worried should I be about rumors of asbestos...of bleaching...of cancer causing fibers used in making tampons...that I read on the Internet?"

Tampons are classified as medical devices under federal law and, as such, are tightly regulated by the Federal Drug Administration. Manufacturers are subject to routine and surprise inspections by the agency to ensure compliance with the regulations. Falsehoods about "toxic tampons" may run rampant, but they are unfounded.


"How come sometimes it's a piece of cake to remove my tampon...and other times it's really tricky?"

There are three main reasons why it might be more difficult one time than another when you use a tampon. If you take the pill, chances are your periods are lighter. Hormone fluctuations might cause you to experience a slightly drier vagina. And changing your tampon too early can be the cause of your difficulty. If you have trouble removing your tampon, usually a change in position...and a dose of relaxation...will help. See if a lower absorbency tampon works better for you next time.


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Posted August 25, 2014
@Ri_pie, No, it most definately NOT safe to wear a tampon for more than 8 hours. You will totally get TSS.
Posted August 04, 2014
Is it ok to wear a tampon when you sleep? I know you're only supposed to wear them 4-8 hours but what if you sleep longer than that? Is it still safe?
Posted April 21, 2014
That's strange that you let your mom put your tampon in for you. I would put it in myself
Posted March 29, 2014
Posted March 29, 2014
I had to use a tampon on my first period because it came on the day where I had a swimming party to attend to. My mom put it in and it hurt because I was scared and I had never had one in before. But after a few period I wanted to try one agin because I was starting to leak through my pad and during sports I don't want it to get on my shorts, and to my surprise it didn't hurt ,it was quite easy actually. Now all I want to do is wear one all the time (when I'm on my period of corse) to do every thing!!
Posted July 30, 2013
I think tampons are Gods gift to women. They're just so handy and easy to use! :D I used a tampon the very first day I got my first period! So they are really easy to use.
Posted May 06, 2013
@AC3Dlvr I am so happy for u! Be prepared though and have some supplies with you at school just in cast :) Good luck!
Posted July 03, 2013
To be honest when I first tried to use tampons I didn't even know where my pee hole was! Which I found a little scary but I just aimed lower than where I usually did and to my surprise it went in!
Posted April 29, 2013
JustAGirl3, no,m tampons don't hurt, unless you put them in wrong, then they can be uncomfortable, you shouldn't be afraid, just relax, its easy... ive been using them a lot lately
Posted March 08, 2013
I have had my period for a year. Spring and Summer is coming up, and I swim a lot! Not to mention sports teams, my horse riding, and I'm going to start yoga... My opinion a tampon would be best for me... But I have no clue how to start using them, I've read instructions but I'm afraid of putting it in, I've had one to my opening before, but i was too nervous and afraid to actually put it in... I asked my mom for advice but she's never used them. Like will it hurt? Would it feel weird? I'm in 8th grade by the way! Hope you can help! Thanks! :)
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