Tampons are the period product that makes your life much easier as there is no feeling of stickiness and discomfort.
Tampons give you the liberty to be confident, without worrying about leaks and stains. Using tampons allows women to stay more enthusiastic, without being worried about them ‘’falling’’ out of place.
So without much further ado, let’s talk about tampons and discuss everything you should know about it!
What is a tampon?
Tampons are little plugs that can be inserted inside your vagina to soak the menstrual fluid during menstruation. They are made up of absorbent material.
They are available in different sizes and absorbancy strengths that you can choose depending upon your flow. They even eliminate the chances of foul period smell.
One of the strongest reasons to switch to tampons is that it allows you to carry out your daily physical activities like gym and swimming. On the contrary, a pad isn’t too comfortable when it comes to physical activities.
Why switch to tampons?
One of the biggest benefits of tampons over pads and other menstrual products is their size. Tampons are small and very easy to carry around.
Another biggest advantage that tampons have over pads is that tampons do not cause skin irritation and rashes. Most women feel that using tampons makes them feel cleaner.
Organic tampons are also available in the market. They protect your body from harsh chemicals as they are free of toxins.
Along with protecting your body, they safeguard the planet as well as they are biodegradable and made from natural cotton.
If your vagina comes in contact with chemicals, then it can hamper your hormonal balance and can also cause vaginal infections. But all this is eliminated when you are using a tampon.
Unlike pads, tampons are more comfortable to wear and people to wear them have shown signs of less intense cramps. Tampons are also small and portable. You can carry them in your pocket or purse.
They can be worn for up to 12 hours. They don’t hamper your vaginal pH and they don’t even cause any foul smell which often makes you embarrassed while using sanitary napkins.
Now, you must be thinking about how to use it and what is the procedure to insert it? Read further understand just that.
How to use a Tampon?
In some of the tampons, an applicator is also provided which helps you to place the tampon in your vagina. While some tampons do not have an applicator, in that case you need to use your fingers to place the tampon inside your vagina.
Here are a few steps you need to follow while inserting the tampon with your fingers–
- Wash your hands. Before starting the process, you should make sure that your hands are clean.
- Sit in a comfortable position. Hold the tampon in one hand and keep your index finger on the end of the thinner tube where the cord extends.
- Find the vaginal opening, use your finger to act like the plunger, and push the tampon inside your vagina.
- Don’t panic if it takes a bit of time. Once you start using it, you will not face problems in inserting it.
- Now, you must have thought about how to know if it is inserted correctly or not. If it is inserted correctly, you won’t feel it in at all.
- But if you are feeling uncomfortable after inserting it, that means it is not inserted properly. Probably you haven’t pushed the tampon in properly.
- Don’t take it out just with the help of your finger and push it in a bit so it might settle into a more comfortable position.
- If you’re using an applicator, then find the vaginal opening and insert the applicator tip first. Smoothly move the plunger so that you can place the tampon inside your vagina.
- After inserting the tampon, you can remove the applicator.
And that’s it. That’s how easy it is to insert your tampon. Although, it might seem overwhelming at first, it’s not really that complicated.
However, there are a number of myths about tampons circulating online that aren’t so true. So let’s shed some light on them and bust the myths and your confusions too.
Myths about Tampons
Tampons increase the risk for endometriosis.
FACT- It is not at all possible because one of the causes of endometriosis is retrograde menstrual flow and starting your period before puberty which is not related to tampons.
You will lose your virginity after using a tampon.
FACT- No, this is not at all true. Tampons don’t interfere with your sexual activity.
Does it hurt to insert or remove a tampon?
FACT- It doesn’t hurt. If it does, then you haven’t inserted it properly.
You can’t pee while using a tampon.
FACT- For peeing, your urethra is responsible. And the vagina and urethra are two different things.
A tampon will fall.
FACT- If the tampon is inserted correctly, it will not move from the vagina. Until and unless the tampon is not pulled out, it will not fall.
Tampons can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome.
FACT- TSS is a condition caused by bacteria and if the tampon is inserted for a long duration then it might cause bacterial infection. However, if you maintain hygiene and change the tampon when it is needed then there are no chances of TSS.
Using a tampon for the first time can be a little challenging. But once you start using it, there is no turning back.
So detox your period product. Make the right choice for your body. And choosing organic is the new self-care.
But in the end, it’s all up to you and what’s comfortable for you.
We hope after reading this blog all your misconceptions regarding tampons are clear and you are ready to welcome a healthy period and a healthy change.