Can you use a tampon to soak vaginal discharge up so that it doesn't get in your underwear?
December 18, 2014 9:51AM
No, tampons should only be used during menstruation.
Vaginal discharge is how your vagina keeps itself clean and it protects vaginal tissues, preventing discharge leaving your vagina traps bacteria within the vagina and tampons allow that bacteria to thrive, without menstrual flow tampons will dry-out vaginal tissues causing damage. This damage to vaginal walls allow bacterial toxins responsible for TSS direct access to the bloodstream so increases the risk of TSS. If you need to use something for discharge use cloth pantiliners.
June 06, 2007 6:26AM
You should only use tampons when you are having your period. They make pantyliners (very thin, small pads) for all types of underwear for the purpose of soaking up discharge.