To the women who have discovered tampons and enjoy using them, did you know that there is a correct way of using and wearing them?
After busting myths that have been associated with tampons, a lot more women have admitted to willing to try using tampons.
You probably think that using a tampon just involves popping one in, waiting a few hours, then pulling it out.
Turns out, there are a lot of ways you could be using your them wrong.
In this article, we will discuss how you might be using tampons in the wrong way and how to use them correctly:
Cleaning your hands
When changing your tampon, you should always wash your hands before and after changing it.
Most women wash their hands only after changing it. If you don’t have an applicator, ensure you clean your hands before so that you don’t transfer any germs and harmful bacteria to your vagina.
Using the Wrong absorbency level
Tampons have different absorbency levels, ranging from high, medium and low, depending on your flow.
High absorbency ones can increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome if you have a light or normal flow.
It’s also worth noting that using a super-absorbent one when you have a lighter flow can dry out your vaginal tissue.
Therefore, it is important to know the kind of flow you have and then choose the right ones.
Taking too Long to Change
Gynaecologists recommend that you change your tampon every 4-6 hours depending on your flow.
When you leave a tampon in for too long, it creates a breeding ground for bacterial infections. Additionally, this increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Using them for vaginal discharge
It’s never a good idea to counter vaginal discharge with tampons. Vaginal discharge is not as much as period blood. Therefore using tampons without a period can disrupt the normal PH of the vagina and cause infections and other complications such as TSS.
Vaginal discharge is normal in between cycles. However, if it bothers you, use panty liners.
You don’t change after visiting the loo
Although it’s not a must that you change your tampon after a visit to the toilet, the string can get wet from urine or get feacal matter on it.
Bacteria can get on the string and infect the vagina and urethra. Therefore, it’s safer to change with every trip to the toilet.
You don’t insert the tampon in far enough
You’ll know because you’ll feel it. The shallow tampon will be super uncomfortable—you may even feel the cotton edge at the entrance to the vagina.
You shouldn’t sense anything when it’s properly positioned.