As a girl growing up we all remember that first time we made that very grown up transition from pads to tampons. For some, it can be quite embarrassing to go around asking a bunch of questions about them. So most of our 1st times were a huge mess, not knowing what to do, how it is supposed to feel, how long we are supposed to keep them in for. So without further adieu, here is everything you need to know about tampons.
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When should I start wearing tampons?
As soon as your period starts is when you can start to wear tampons, I would definitely suggest using a pad initially for the 1st few months just so you will know if your flow is heavy or light. Then you will be more able to make the best choice for period protection depending on your cycle and activities
Is it going to hurt?
If you insert the tampon properly it will not hurt. It should go into the same hole that your menstrual fluid exits. You should not be able to feel the tampon at all, so if you can the chances are that it wasn’t inserted correctly. Avoid trying to push it up if this is the case, just remove and start over with a new one. The packaging should have directions of how the tampon should be inserted.
How often should the tampon be changed?
A tampon should be changed every 4 to 8 hours, make sure you never wait longer than eight hours to change it
Do I have to change the tampon after I use the bathroom?
If the string picks up any bacteria, it could easily infect the urethra. So if you feel like while you were using the bathroom any substance touched the string, it may be best to change it, to be on the safe side.
Can I swim with a tampon on?
Living on an island we have access to the beach at all times, so not to worry you can still go to the beach while wearing a tampon. But when you are done swimming don’t forget to change the tampon. A tampon string that’s got ocean water on it can cause skin irritation if you don’t change it quickly.
Do they expire?
Tampons don’t expire, as long as the packaging is intact old tampons are perfectly good to use. If the packaging is torn in anyway however, do not use it, the cotton could pick up little bits that don’t belong in your vagina. So to avoid a possible infection, make sure the wrapping is intact before using.
How do I hide my tampon at school?
Luckily tampons are very small an discrete so you can place it in your school bag, for the day and when it is time to change the tampon you can easily slip it into your pocket without any fear of someone seeing.