Are tampons safe for teens?
Tampons have saved many a woman, many a time.
They’re very convenient, and can be super useful when playing sport, and essential when swimming or spending a day at the beach.
But what’s important to note is that there's this little thing called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and it's bad, bad news if you get it.
I don’t want to put you off using tampons (they're life changing, honestly). But you need to be aware of TSS.
It's very rare to get, like extremely rare (like I've never personally heard of anyone getting it).
If you follow best practice guidelines, you'll be fine. And if you have any questions, please email us.
Tip 1: Never use tampons unless you have your period. Tampons are designed to absorb fluid. If you use them when you don’t have your period, they absorb your normal vaginal moisture, which you need. Dryness can cause abrasions when inserting a fresh tampon.
Tip 2: You need to use tampons that meet the right absorbency for your flow. So, when your period is light, use mini tampons, when your period is at its heaviest, use supers – you get the point. If you're unsure when your period will start, or if your flow is light (especially at the beginning and end of your period) use a liner.
Tip 3: Most importantly, remember you need to change your tampon every four to eight hours. Every girl has at some stage left a tampon in for longer than eight hours, so if this happens don’t freak out but try not to make it a habit either.
These things happen to the best of us. But it’s good to be mindful of good menstrual hygiene.
Often if you leave a tampon in longer than recommended, you’ll leak out and it will be obvious you need to change it.
But towards the end of your period when your flow is light, it's easy to forget because you won't be prompted by leaks.
Some girls have been know to insert another tampon without removing the previous one, so be mindful of that too.
It sounds silly, but before you insert a fresh tampon, think have I removed the used one?
You shouldn't flush tampons down the toilet, so think where is the used one? I need to throw it in the rubbish. If you can't find it, it's probably still inside you.
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