Tampons

Tampons are made of an absorbent material, such as cotton, and are inserted into the vagina to absorb the menstrual flow. They come in various different absorbency, including light, medium and heavy flow.

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What are the side affects of using tampons?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is rare but still thought to effect 1 in 700 women.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is caused when certain strains of bacteria multiply and start to produce TSST-1 toxins, these toxins enter the bloodstream and if the person lacks antibodies then the TSST-1 toxins overwhelm the immune system - this leads to something similar to septic shock, initial symptoms include high fever and low blood pressure but long-term it can result in organ failure.

Tampons account for 75% of all TSS cases - in particular rayon tampons such as Tampax, Playtex, or Kotex (cotton tampons have never been associated with TSS) - this is because tampons provide bacteria with the perfect environment to multiply, effect vaginal pH, prevent vaginal cleaning, and damage vaginal tissues giving TSST-1 a more direct route into the bloodstream.

Tampons can also risk;

  • Increased menstrual cramps (as a result of expanding into the cervix).
  • Increased bleeding (as a result of damage to vaginal tissues).
  • Vaginal infections (as a result of bacterial growth).
  • Irritation or allergic reaction (as a result of chemicals in rayon tampons).
  • Dioxin exposure from rayon tampons, risking endometriosis and cancer.
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Braces really bad and you cant afford them what can you do you need help?

I have seen this many times before even though I am only 15. Don't worry, there are ways of getting braces even thought you may not have the necessary funds to pay for them. Here's what you do: if you have a Medical card, and if your teeth are as bad as you said they are, then you may qualify for FREE braces. Trust me, this works. I mean, how do you think I got mine! Also, talk to your orthodontist and see if they accept Medical, and if for some reason that they don't, search for one in your area that does. They will answer any questions that you may have about the subject. First, you will go for a screening for them, sort of like a consultation. Then, you will go to have the impressions done, which is simply a mold that they put over your teeth. Once they have done that, you are nearly on your way to getting braces! But before that happens, you may need to have some x-rays taken of your mouth and some teeth removed, including your wisdom teeth, if you haven't already. Trust me, it doesn't hurt to have teeth removed if they numb your mouth. Also, all this is free too. I believe that you will have spacers put in your mouth before you get the actual metal applied. For me, I had to wear spacers on my bottom and top teeth for 2 weeks to make room for the attachment in the back. They will hurt however. You will need to have routine checkups at least a few times a year of more depending on the severity of your problem, and remember, it will be worth all the effort. I had to push my mom for over a year before she finally gave in, and then here I am today, waiting anxious for the three long and grueling years to come to an end. You will also have to monitor what you eat, like you can't eat any hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. Also you have to brush AND floss everyday. That is a must. Oh, and if all else fails, it only costs $99/month for them. Mine would have cost $4200 altogether, but I don't have to pay a single dime. Well good luck, and I hope I helped!

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Should it feel uncomfortable to remove tampons?

No, it shouldn't feel uncomfortable for you to remove tampons if using them correctly.

Whether you've had sex or not your vagina is no different so at no point should you experience pain or discomfort when removing tampons, even if your hymen is in tact if it has allowed a tampon in then it will allow a tampon out - although you may need to help by moving the hymen if it's in the way. You should be using the correct absorbency for your flow, if the tampon isn't saturated in blood after 4-6 hours you're using too high an absorbency, this damages vaginal tissues so will cause pain. Also be sure to relax when removing the tampon as if you're tense the vaginal muscles tense so cause the vaginal walls to clench around the tampon so make removal difficult.

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How can you pop your cherry with a tampon?

You do not have a cherry and nothing pops - you may have a hymen and it can be torn from tampon use but it is unlikely. The hymen is tissue that surrounds the opening to the vagina, in most women the hymen doesn't cover much of the vaginal opening and it is flexible so it can stretch to allow insertion. If you are rough when inserting the tampon or force it into the hymen then it may tear.

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How often should you change your tampon?

Every 4-6 hours.

Leaving it in longer could result in Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and vaginal infection.

All brands of tampons have a safety panel in the instructions, and this is where you can read about TSS.

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How long can you leave a tampon in for?

Tampons should be changed every 4-6 hours.

Some tampon companies say up to 8 hours maximum but this isn't safe - the longer you leave tampons the longer you give bacteria to multiply, also if you go this long it suggests you're using too high an absorbency - companies do this to make their products seem more convenient


If the tampon leaks within 1-2 hours you can change and it's safe to use the next absorbency up but just remember if the tampon isn't saturated after 4-6 hours switch down to a lower absorbency again or switch to pads. Leaving too long or using too high an absorbency increases TSS risks.

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Why would it be painful to put in or take out a tampon?

There are a few reasons why tampon use may be painful.

  • Lack of relaxation: if you're tense vaginal muscles tense causing vaginal walls to clench together.
  • Not inserting far enough: tampon will sit low in the vagina so muscles push against the tampon.
  • Not inserting at the correct angle: pushing into the vaginal walls, rather than pushing into place.
  • Your hymen is in tact: if the hymen is in tact it can make insertion or removal difficult for some.
  • Using too high an absorbency: always use lowest absorbency, don't use when not menstruating.
  • Using tampon when not menstruating: don't use tampons before menstruation or with spotting.
  • Allergic reaction: rayon tampons contain many harmful ingredients a person may be allergic to.
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How long is too long to leave the solar cover on?

The swimming pool should be able to "breathe" -- letting the fumes from the addition of chemicals to "gas off" to open air. This should be done at least once a week or when you add chemicals to the pool. The cover should be removed for most of the that day. And note, you should NEVER try to swim under the cover while it is covering the pool.

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Can you take a bath while on your period?

Yes, you can take a bath while you're on your period.

You can wear tampons, menstrual cups, or other internal menstrual products while in the bath to stop blood leaking into the water. It is perfectly okay to allow blood to get into the bath water, it's no less hygienic than vaginal discharge, but if flow is heavy and you're passing tissue it's not pleasant.

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Where are you supposed to insert the tampon?

The tampon is inserted into the vagina - when the blood is coming out.

If you don't even know where a tampon is inserted then you should not be using tampons, this is because there are many risks with tampon use that you need to understand before choosing to use tampons. It's best to stick with pads for now, then once you understand your body better consider options like menstrual cups which are internal like tampons but safer.

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When you insert a tampon you sometimes feel a barrier that hurts if you insert the tampon further is that your hymen?

The hymen is tissue that surrounds the vaginal opening, if you have inserted the tampon vaginally then the tampon is already past the hymen - look at your vulva and you will see for yourself that the tampon has passed through the hymen and into the vagina. If pushing the tampon at the wrong angle you will be pushing the tampon into the side of the vaginal walls. If you're tense vaginal muscles tense causing the vaginal walls to clench together making the vaginal canal narrower so harder for the tampon to fit through during insertion.

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Is it OK to use tampons back to back?

You can use tampons back to back, however it is best to alternate with pads as often as possible to allow your vagina a chance to clean itself of bacteria, toxins and tampon fibres that have accumulated from tampon use. Inserting one tampon after another traps bacteria and fibres within the vagina, so allowing more bacteria to build-up, which can thus increase risk of vaginal infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

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How do you insert a tampon?

This may freak you out but just to let you know the tampon has to go into your vagina.

This is the way I was taught. When you are in the bathroom, use your fingers and insert them where you would the tampon. Gently, feel your way. You get a sense of your body that way. It feels real nice too! Be careful though, it may give a an orgasm. Though orgasms are quite nice.

With the tampon, you can use either the applicator ones, or the non applicator ones. I have found, especially if you are using them for the first time, that you get the the tampons without an applicator. Try and get the ones that have lubricant, or a "silk-touch cover", and a string. The lubricant makes the insertion more comfortable, and the string - well easier to take the tampon out.

First Wash your hands! I inserted my first tampon when I was on the floor with my feet on the sink. Make sure that the first time you insert a tampon have your legs WIDE OPEN! I of course had a mirror to find this hole. RELAX RELAX Then, I started to widen the hole with my finger my measuring how big the tampon is with my finger then I marked it and I put my finger in the hole and stopped when the line was gone in my hole then after I did that a few times I attempted to put my first tampon in. Now, you obviously unwrap the tampon. For your first attempts I would advise you to try when your period is heaviest. Squat down a little bit, with your legs open. Now take the tampon in your fingers and rounded side UP, gently push it inside of you. You will feel the direction you need to be pushing, as you will feel discomfort otherwise.

Push it up quite far, too low and it will cause a lot of discomfort, especially sitting down. Tip: when done, sit on the toilet, with the seat down. If you can't feel the tampon, you've done just fine.

Don't worry about "losing" the tampon inside you, and don't worry if it takes a few tries before you master this. All older women had to learn!

Unwrapped the tampon. Push the applicator inside of your vagina, once your fingers touch your skin, finish inserting the tampon. It should not be feelable, and it should be comfortable.

Tampons can be tricky. I am assuming that this question is from a young lady who doesn't have a female she is close enough to to ask. Here goes, unwrap tampon, make sure the string is securely attached, and dip the tip of the tampon in a lubricant(VASELINE, KY Jelly). DO NOT use Vicks, butter, or fruit jelly. With panties off or lowered to a comfortable level, place one foot on the edge of a stool or bath tub in your bathroom, then insert the tampon aimed at the back of your waist. You may have to wiggle it around a bit until it all of a sudden will slide right in. Remove the applicator and make sure you can feel the string attached, which should hang outside of your body. NOW- NEVER allow it to remain inside for more than 12 hours. At the very least it should be changed every 4 - 8 hrs. The more relaxed you are the easier it will be.

Tampons should not be painful, nor even cause any real discomfort. So if it does, try using a smaller size, or even a different brand. You can also try pushing the tampon further in, or not as far, depending on how far you had been inserting the tampon. If the pain persists, you need to talk to your school nurse or see a doctor. Or you may be able to call and speak to a nurse at your local county health unit.

First, you should find a comfortable position. My favorites are sitting on the toilet, squatting, or lifting one leg up onto the bathtub.

Second, open up the tampon and make sure that there is a string. It could be dangerous to use a tampon without a string because you could forget it is there and suffer from TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). You also need the string to remove the tampon.

Third, it's time to insert the tampon. The vagina points upward, and sort of to the back, so push the tampon up in that direction. When it is in properly, you won't feel it.

A tampon has two parts. A card tube bit and the bit the tampon comes out of.. You put your thumb on the end of the card tube which has the hole in, and you put your middle and index fingers on either side of the bit the tampon comes out of near the middle of the whole thing. Bad diagram, because it's drawn with text symbols, but it should now look like this. c==II==J The c is the rounded end where the tampon comes out, the Is are your middle and index fingers, which are on opposite sides, and the J is your thumb. You put the rounded end into your vagina until your two fingers are touching your vaginal area, then, push on your thumb like a syringe until it's all gone in. If anything but the string is sticking out, pull the tampon out and try again with a new one or it could be really uncomfortable and hurt.

First, get a quiet place like the bathroom.

Get in a comfortable position like squat or put one leg up on the toilet. Take the tampon out of the package and stick it up the vagina all the way until you are touching your skin. Pull the applicator out and you are ready to go! !

First you must find a quiet place to sit or stand, like the bathroom. Get in a position that you are comfortable with. Most girls like to squat down or put one leg on the bath or toilet seat. Now is the time where you spread the folds of skin (minor and major labia) push the tampon up your vagina using the applicator or your fingers (the vaginal opening is under the urethra) Remove the applicator and you're good to go!

In the hole in your vagina. You take it out of the package and the side without the string you put in.

For a more descriptive answer, there are 2 holes. one is where you pee and the other is the hole of you vagina.

DO NOT put it where you pee! That one is the "flappy" one. Insert it into the other one (the lower one). But not your anus. Anyway it should go up and back. It'll hurt the first few times and will be hard to push it all the way back, so try getting the slim or slender tampons first. Just push with the applicator or your finger. But don't just push it back, push it up and back. Otherwise it'll hurt a lot more! If it hurts after you've done it a few (20) times, you may be putting it in wrong. Talk to your mom or an aunt or someone. I know it's hard to talk to someone (because I still haven't talk to my mom about it), but try to get up the courage. Maybe just email her. Anyway, there are plenty of good books out there about it. Try The Care and Keeping of YOU, an American Girl book. I know it sounds babyish, but it's what helped me with my first time with a tampon. It's got lots of other information about nutrition and psychology and all that other puberty-ish stuff. But it's seriously a really really good helpful book.

Firstly you must find a quiet place to sit or stand. Get in a position that you are comfortable with. Most girls like to squat down or put one leg on the bath or toilet seat. Now is the time where you spread the folds of skin and put the tampon up the hole. Make sure the removal string is visible. Do the insertion slowly.

Inserting a tampon- First wash your hands! Then you can lie on the floor or have one foot on the toilet. Of course you should already be undressed from the waist down. Make sure you have a mirror and look for a hole that should not be where your poo comes out. Look for where it was bleeding. And insert there.

Removing a tampon- Just slowly pull the sting out of your vagina. If it hurts then its dry but you must get it out so fill the bathtub and spread you legs wide apart to let water in then try to pull it out. TAMPONS ARE TO BE CHANGED EVERY 4-7 hrs!!

You just have to read the instruction given to you on the packet or box

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Can you lose your tampon inside your vagina?

No, you cannot lose your tampon inside your vagina.

Your vagina is only a few inches long, and a tampon can go no further than your vaginal canal because the cervix stops it from going any further than that. If you have a tampon in your vagina then it's not going to get lost, you know exactly where it is and can remove it. Someone forgetting a tampon does not mean it is possible to lose a tampon in the vagina.

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Why are tampons white?

So you can tell when they are full Also, because they are sometimes made of cotton, so they are naturally white, although rayon is not naturally white but rather has to be bleached to be made white.

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Do vaginae stretch and feel sore during menstruation?

While there is a certain amount of soreness associated with menses it is not usually vaginal. The vaginal soreness may be from leaving tampons in longer than 4 hours. Tampons should be changed every 4 hours, even during light days. There is not any vaginal stretch associated with menses but there is extra lubrication which may give the illusion of stretch.

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Can a tampon cause blood clots?

No.

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Is it safe to use bleach while pregnant?

Is is safe to breath in bleach while pregnant? most cleaning products, including bleach are fine during pregnancy - as long as you work in a well ventilated area - and this would apply whether you were pregnant or not! cleaning ovens is not advisable as it is difficult to maintain good ventilation in such a small area. also keep in mind that that even though the cleaning products may be safe - an expectant mother should not be overly exerting herself with heavy lifting or overly exhuberant cleaning...im sure someone can help you in the short term....:) www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/isitsafeto/bleachexpert/

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Can you wear a tampon to bed?

No, tampons should not be worn overnight while sleeping.

Tampons need to be changed every 4-6 hours - the longer tampons are left the longer you allow bacteria to multiply, also if you can go over this time without leaking it means you're using too high an absorbency - not doing so increases risks of vaginal infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Most people sleep longer than 4-6 hours or even if you set an alarm you risk oversleeping. It's important to alternate with pads to allow vaginal cleaning, overnight is the best time to do this.


If you don't like pads you may want to consider menstrual cups or softcups which are internal like tampons but safer and hygienic so pose no risks of vaginal infections or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) - thus tampons can be worn for up to 12 hours, with any flow, and no need to alternate with pads.

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Is it ok if you swim with your period with no tampon?

Yes, but you still need to use some form of internal menstrual products.

Options you can use to swim on your period:

  • Tampons
  • Soft tampons
  • Menstrual sponges
  • Menstrual cups
  • Diaphragms
  • Softcups

You can't swim without using anything, you will continue to bleed in the pool and it can be more obvious when you get out as blood will be diluted slightly so may be more likely to run down your leg. Although menstrual blood isn't dirty no one wants to swim through your blood or have pieces of your uterine lining ending-up in their hair! You can't use liners or pads in the water either as the blood won't flow down into the pad, the pad would be saturated with water so unable to absorb flow, not to mention that it will potentially come unstuck and come apart.


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Can you wear tampons while pregnant?

No, tampons should never be used when not menstruating.

Tampons absorb vaginal moisture causing drying and micro-tears in vaginal tissues that allow bacterial toxins responsible for TSS direct access to your bloodstream, using tampons without menstruating means more damage and thus higher risk of TSS. Tampons are also a major cause of vaginal infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis and yeast infections, which aren't ideal in pregnancy.

If you have excessive vaginal discharge it may be an infection to talk to your doctor, you can use menstrual cups or softcups to deal with this but it's best to use liners, pads or period underwear.

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Do you need to wear a tampon when swimming?

No, you don't need to wear a tampon while swimming during menstruation.

You can use any of the following options:

  • Tampons
  • Soft tampons
  • Menstrual sponges
  • Menstrual cups
  • Diaphragms
  • Softcups

Menstrual cups are the best option as they're internal but safer so unlike tampons they can be worn even with light flow, and they can be worn for up to 12 hours - menstrual cups also don't absorb water, don't increase cramps, no string to show, and don't leak like tampons or sponges can.


It is a myth that your period stops in water.

Sit in a shallow bath during heavy flow and you will see that it doesn't - it can sometimes look like it stops because during light flow what little blood leaves your body will be diluted in the water, heavier flow and uterine tissue may be noticed and may leak down your leg once you get out the water. Although menstrual blood isn't dirty no one wants to swim in your blood.





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Can you use tampons while pregnant?

No, you cannot use tampons when pregnant.

For a start if you're pregnant then you're not going to be menstruating - women can bleed during pregnancy but it's not the same as menstruation and you will not know your flow pattern well enough to know what absorbency to use so using tampons at this time increases TSS risk. If you do experience bleeding during pregnancy it's important that you talk to your doctor immediately as bleeding could be a sign of a serious problem with your pregnancy.


Tampons shouldn't be worn when pregnant because there is a higher risk of infections too - during pregnancy your risk of vaginal infections is already higher and it can be more difficult to treat while pregnant - tampons increase risk of infections so it's far from ideal when pregnant.



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Does a tampon prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg at all?

NO !! of course not ,, think about how it got there to start with, no!!!! the sperm got there first... a tampon would just push it in further. Even if you did for some reason choose to have sex with a tampon in, this will not prevent pregnancy because the tampon would just absorb some of the semen, and it would still be "in there" Good luck trying to find the tampon after having sex with it in.

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Will a tampon fall out while swimming?

Hun, don't worry about that! Tampons were designed to stay inside your body. So no, it won't fall out.

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