How to know when you’re ready to start using a tampon

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Using a tampon for the first time can be confusing, especially if it’s your first period, but don’t worry. It’s easy once you get it right.

There are many urban legends about using tampons and you may have heard the wrong information on how to use them. Knowing the facts can dispel your fears and clear up any misunderstandings.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, MPT, DO
Board CertSied Obstetrician & Gynecologist Expert Interview. April 3, 2020 The cervix at the end of the vagina has only a small opening through which blood flows. You can always pull it by the rope or reach out and grab it with your fingers if the rope breaks.

  • However, don’t forget to remove all tampons at the end of the cycle!

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This article was written by Rebecca Levy-Gantt, MPT, DO. Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt is a certified midwife and gynecologist in private practice based in Napa, Kaliforia. Dr. Levy-Gantt specializes in the treatment of menopause, perimenopause and hormone treatment, including bioidentical and complex hormone treatments and alternative treatments. She is also a nationally certified menopause practitioner and is on the national list of doctors who specialize in menopause treatment. She holds a Masters in Physiotherapy from Boston University and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Are you afraid of using your first tampon? Many women have felt like you, but there are steps you can take to make it easier for the first time. Start by getting a general understanding of your body and tampons. Ask friends and family for advice. Keep calm when trying to use a tampon and take your time.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, MPT, DO
Board CertSied Obstetrician & Gynecologist Expert Interview. April 3, 2020

  • Sanitary towels are worn with underwear and block blood flow. They come in a variety of sizes, from thin inserts for short-term use to overnight styling. Many women find tampons bulky and bulky; however, they are easy to use and a safe option if you are worried about forgetting to replace tampons regularly.
  • The menstrual cup is a small, flexible rubber cup that fits inside the vaginal canal. You wear it by hand and then it collects blood. It needs to be removed from time to time to wash the collected blood before repeating the process. Women concerned about tampon materials may feel more comfortable with this option. However, you need to learn how to properly take out and insert the cup.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, MPT, DO
Board CertSied Obstetrician & Gynecologist Expert Interview. April 3, 2020

  • For example, you can say, “I’m going to try to use a tampon for the first time. Do you have a specific brand that you suggest buying?” Or: “Do you have anything you suggest I do to make the first time easier?”

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, MPT, DO
Board CertSied Obstetrician & Gynecologist Expert Interview. April 3, 2020

  • You can say, "I’m thinking about starting with tampons. What are the potential dangers? What are the advantages of tampons over sanitary pads?"
  • This is a good time to consider whether you trust and feel comfortable talking to your GP. If not, you can talk to your parents about switching to another.

This week on the blog, we’re talking about tampons. When I had my first period, I used tampons strictly because the thought of putting something in my body seemed scary and almost impossible to me. When it’s your first time using a tampon, it’s not the easiest thing on the planet. However, once I found out how to do it, insertion became very easy for me and I realized I liked tampons a lot more than sanitary pads.

I find tampons easier for a few reasons: they’re easier for me to wear with a thong, they make swimming on my period stress-free, and over itall they feel still discreet than pads. However, this is a personal preference – S you don’t want to try tampons, no problem! If you try tampons and still prefer pads, there’s no problem with that either. There’s no ‘right’ answer when it comes to tampons vs. pads – both are perfectly safe.

It’s always good to have options. If you’ve been wanting to use a tampon, but are too scared to try or don’t know where to start, we’re here to help! Here are the instructions to follow when inserting a tampon.

1. Make yourself comfortable

So how do you place a tampon correctly? Before we get into it, let’s do a quick anatomy review.

Your urethra is where your pee comes out. This hole is not where your tampon will be inserted, because this isn’t where your period blood comes from. This opening is too small to fit a tampon, so you don’t need to worry about inserting a tampon in the wrong spot by accident.

Then we have the anus. This is the hole for your poop to come out in the butt. A tampon could fit into this opening, but it should never be inserted there (important for first-time users). The tampon is inserted into the vagina which falls somewhere in the center of the urethra and anus. I recommend taking a mirror and looking in there to find where the hole is.

Alternatively, you can use your finger or a swab to check where the hole is. This sounds gross and unpleasant but it’s not, it’s important to know your body! Knowing where your vaginal opening is will make it much easier to know where to put the tampon.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

2. Wash your hands

Your hands are close to a very sensitive part of your body. Do you want dirt and other bacteria that accumulate on your hands to end up in the vagina? NO! Give your hands a good scrub and you’ll be ready to get to business.

3. Insert a swab

Read the instructions that come with the swab package. Not all tampons are exactly the same, so it’s important to know how to use the applicator S you’re a beginner. There are different sizes of tampons: regular, cool, super plus. Each size contains a different amount of blood, with the Super Plus containing more.

If you have a heavy flow or plan to leave the tampon for a long time, you can use the super or super plus sizes. However, I recommend starting with a regular tampon until you’re comfortable inserting it. It’s the most slender and will be the easiest to insert into your body. It’s the best option S you’re just learning!

Then sit in a comfortable position. Some sit on the toilet with their knees extended, others squat, and still others lean one leg against the toilet seat or bathtub. Try different positions and see what is most convenient for you. Then insert the tip of the tampon applicator into the vaginal opening. You may need to use one hand to separate the labia: the labia. But if you have performed step n. 1, you already know where your vaginal opening is.

Slide the outer tube of the tampon into your vagina until your fingers touch your body. The handle and bladder should still be on the outside of your body. Refer to the image below S you’re not sure what the outer tube, grip and inner tube of the applicator is. You want the floss to face away from your body and not towards you – hold the pad and applicator at a 45 degree angle.

When you feel the tampon is comfortable, hold the handle and push the tampon into your body using the applicator inner tube. Once you’ve pushed the inner tube in the whole way, you can pull away the plastic part and Here you are!Buffer inserted.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

4. Make sure you don’t feel discomfort

Do tampons hurt? If the tampon isn’t inserted far enough into your vagina, you might feel a little discomfort, especially when you sit. But when a tampon is properly inserted, you shouldn’t notice it at all. If you’re finding it feels uncomfortable, you may need to insert the outer tube of the applicator further into your vagina before pushing in the tampon. However, always make sure the tampon lanyard is always outside your body as this is what allows the tampon to be removed. You can also wear a tight pair underwear for teenagerswith a buffer as extra backup protection, just in case!

5. Buffer change

Next: remove the tampons. You should aim to change a tampon every 4 to 8 hours. Personally, I change a tampon every time I pee, however you can pee with a tampon – it depends on personal preference.

When you’re ready to remove your tampon, get into the same position you found comfortable when inserting the tampon. Relax your muscles – removing the tampon will not hurt, so don’t be scared! Pull the cord of the tampon to remove it and throw it in the trash. They should not be flushed down the toilet as it’s bad for your plumbing and the environment.

Note that it may not be successful on the first try. We were all beginners once. For some it works the first time, but for others it may take some trial and error. It took me a few months to get really comfortable using tampons. If you’re having trouble, talk to a parent or trusted adult and ask them for help. There’s no shame in needing a little assistance when you first start using tampons!

If you are concerned about tampon loss or want to learn about alternatives to tampons, our period is Underwear is the perfect additional protection against unexpected losses.

Disclaimer: KT bloggers are not medical professionals and provide this advice based on their own research and experience. If you have any further questions or concerns, please speak to a trusted doctor.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

Chociaż używanie tamponów jest niezwykle powszechne (i moim zdaniem niezwykle wygodne), wygląda na to, że moje pokolenie młodych kobiet ponownie zastanawia się over it używaniem tamponów – i z powodu dostępnych obecnie niedrogich i przyjaznych dla środowiska opcji higieny menstruacyjnej, to ma sens. Also, the more I learn about the health risks of improper tampon use and how tampon use affects our environment, the more I think I should probably switch to a different type of sanitation product as well. That said, I, like many American women, have used a mix of tampons and panty liners for most of my menstrual years so far, and I’m not quite ready to change my menstrual habit.

If you feel as attached to tampon use as I do, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. But since there are some risks associated with misusing tampons, there are some things every woman should know about using tampons.

If you’ve never used a tampon before but want to get started, or if you’ve been using it for years without knowing much about them, you should really know as much as possible about what you put in your vagina. Here are eight things every woman should know about tampon use.

1. Always use the lowest absorbency possible

While high absorbency tampons may seem more comfortable (especially if you have copious periods), women need to change them frequently as this prevents the development of toxic shock syndrome. Unfortunately, if you’re wearing a sanitary napkin, you probably won’t remember it. So go ahead and forget that there are “super”. Hell, forget that there are “normal” ones too and use the lightest absorbency you can find to not leave the tampon on too long.

2. Change the tampon every 4-8 hours

Just as your tampon pack should tell you, you never want to wear a tampon for more than eight hours (this increases the risk of infection and TSS) – but also remember that changing a tamponstill often that every four hours can also cause severe vaginal discomfort. This is another reason why it is important to use as little absorbency as possible; your periods are painful enough without having to pull your dry cotton cylinder out of your pussy.

3. Do not leave the tampon if you plan to sleep for more than 8 hours

As I said above, by following the directions on every box of tampons I’ve ever seen, you can wear a tampon for up to eight hours. So you can leave the tampon while you sleep … S you don’t sleep for more than eight hours. However, she remembers to insert the tampon just before going to bed and to remove it as soon as you wake up. (No snooze hits a dozen times before going to the bathroom.)

S planujesz spaćover iteight hours, then you’ll have to change a tampon in the middle of the night (I usually do because I hate tampons so much) or just play it safe and wear a fucking tampon.

4. Always wash your hands before inserting or removing tampons

You probably don’t need me to tell you it’s important to wash your hands often, but when it comes to tampons, youtruly you need to urgently take care of hand hygiene. Clean hands lower your risk of developing TSS †“so even S you’ve just been hanging out on your couch watching Netflix for hours, and you thinkTwoje ręce są czyste, over ital musisz je umyć przed wyjęciem lub włożeniem tamponu.

5. Never use a tampon just for discharge

Tampons will not work properly without adequate moisture, so you should only ever use them when you’re menstruating, and still particularly when you’re menstruating on the heavier side. Tampons should never be used to absorb vaginal excretions, and they truly shouldn’t be used on the days of your period that are light enough for panty liners to be effective, either. If you’re having an excessive amount of vaginal discharge, make an appointment to talk to your gynecologist about it, but S you’re just dealing with the annoying (but totally normal) amount of excretions that come with having a vagina, I recommend you try a super thin panty liner.

6. Avoid tampons for several months after giving birth

I’ve never given birth, but I assume the last thing you want to do after a little man is pushed out of your vagina is to put something in it. Ból i bolesność pochwy może utrzymywać się przez wiele miesięcy po porodzie, a poover itto zaraz po porodzie układ odpornościowy organizmu jest słabszy – dlatego nie zaleca się używania tamponów przez kilka pierwszych okresów po porodzie.

7. S tampon zgubi się w twoim ciele, natychmiast udaj się do ginekologii

Tampons can get lost in your abdomen, but that will generally only happen S you forget to remove your tampon at the end of your period, end up having sex with the tampon still inside of you, or accidentally put a new tampon in without taking the old one out first.

Fortunately, S a tampon gets lost inside of you, your gynecologist can remove it. Unfortunately, you can develop TSS before you realize you have lost a tampon inside you (this is another reason why you should replace tampons frequently), so always double check that you have removed the last tampon before inserting another one, and definitely before menstrual sex (or after your period). Set an alarm on your phone for every four to eight hours S you need to. It will probably be very annoying, but that’s better than losing a tampon in your body, right?

8. Avoid irritation by using organic, fragrance-free tampons

Unfortunately, the FDA doesn’t do the best job of regulating what happens in the tampons we use, so there’s no way to make sure the cotton we put in our vaginas isn’t full of harsh chemicals, bleach, and pesticides. Plus, because our vaginas are so absorbent, scented tampons can cause real discomfort and a pH imbalance. S nie możesz użyć pachnącego żelu do mycia ciała na pochwie bez poważnego podrażnienia, powinieneś również unikać pachnących tamponów.

In fact, S you can, consider switching to organic tampons. It may cost you a little bit still to go organic, but it’s definitely worth it S you’re particularly sensitive down there. (Or just don’t want pesticides in your pussy.) Plus, as Huffington Post reported back in May, the average menstruating woman will use and discard over it 9,000 tampons in her lSetime, so going organic would be much kinder to both your vagina and our environment.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

That’s the feeling of your period leaking! It’s always a great idea to wear a panty liner with your tampon just in case to catch leaks.

S masz bardzo obfity przepływ i masz tylko zwykły tampon, możesz zamiast tego nosić mocno chłonną wkładkę higieniczną lub nawet wkładkę. Leaks are usually heavier when you have a high flow. Wearing a tampon is S you think you will be in a situation where you will not get the opportunity to change your tampon such as a long hike, a long exam, or meeting.

Each time you use the toilet, gently pull the cord of the tampon. S tampon wydaje się łatwo przesuwać lub wysuwać, oznacza to, że tampon jest w pełni nasączony i gotowy do wymiany!

Usually this is a sign that you’ve just caught your tampon before it leaks! Give the string a tug and you should find that it’s ready to be changed :).

Sometimes you may find that the tampon isn’t ready to be changed or that the tampon isn’t fully saturated yet. Your tampon may look like it’s only absorbed period on one side and then started to leak out. If this is the case, it’s ready to be changed anyways since it’s already leaking.

Maybe you’ve decided to wear your super hot white pants on a heavy flow and truly don’t want to risk a leak ;). Either way, check your tampon every hour or every time you use the bathroom.

Using tampons carries the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Below is a list of TSS symptoms, but you may only experience one or two symptoms:

  • Sudden fever (usually 102°F or still)
  • He retched
  • Diarrhea
  • A red rash that looks like a sunburn on any part of the body
  • Dizziness or feeling faint when standing upUsing tampons carries the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). These are symptoms of TSS, but you may only experience one or two symptoms.

We’ve all been there.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

If you’ve been wanting to use a tampon and didn’t know where to begin, or S you’ve attempted (and failed) at inserting one, you’ve come to the right place. Problems with using a tampon are perfectly normal, whether you’re using it for the first time or for the hundredth.

Seventeenspoke to Alex Friedman, co-founder of LOLA, a subscription service that offers organic tampons, pads and other body products, about her tips for using tampons as a beginner.

Make sure you are comfortable

“The best time to try a tampon is when you feel ready,” says Friedman. That could mean whenever you feel informed, and you still or less know what you’re doing and what to expect. S nie czujesz się still w pełni komfortowo podczas używania tamponu, to też jest w porządku. This is nobody’s business, it’s yours!

Know your possibilities

As Friedman says, not all tampons are created equal. Tampons come in dSferent types and sizes – applicator or non-applicator, plastic or cardboard applicator, varying absorbency levels. and so on. There is no better or worse type to use, so it’s important to find out what you’re most comfortable with. For example, while some people might prefer an applicator to insert a tampon still easily, others might want to use their hands with a non-applicator.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

A cura di: Dott. Melisa Holmes, OB-GYN, & Founder, Girlology

Can a tampon get lost in my body?

This is one of the most common questions I hear from new tampon users! Zacznę więc od dobrej wiadomości: NO! The tampon CANNOT get lost in your body. Even though your vagina connects your outside parts with the “inside” of your body, there’s basically a dead end at the top of the vagina – it’s called your cervix, and there’s no way a tampon can go past that. The cervix acts as a barrier between the vagina and the uterus. Nothing can get above the cervix unless it’s liquid or microscopic in size!

What S my tampon is stuck?

If you have a lost or stuck tampon, it’s not truly stuck, it’s just high in your vagina and it may be squished sideways, making it hard to reach. This is most common S you accidentally forgot to take out a tampon before inserting a new one, or S you had sex without remembering to remove your tampon first (it’s not a good idea to have sex with a tampon in!). Jest still kilka rzeczy, które możesz wypróbować, które ułatwią Ci znalezienie i wydostanie się. Read on!

How to remove a stuck tampon?

First, wash your hands, then squat down, insert your finger into the vagina and make a circular motion. You’ll probably be able to feel the tampon, but getting it out can still be dSficult. If you can’t sweep it out, insert two fingers and try to grasp it. If you squat and bear down (like you’re pooping), it can help bring the tampon closer to the vaginal opening and make it easier to remove. If you still can’t get it out or you just don’t feel comfortable with that, remember that you should not wear a tampon still than 8 hours, so you’ll need to get help from your ob-gyn or family doctor as soon as possible.

What S the tampon string breaks?

This is such a common worry, but as much as we worry about it, I have rarely S ever seen a string break when a tampon is being used normally. If you look closely at a Tampax tampon, you’ll see that the string is sewn all the way up the tampon. It’s not just attached at the end. This makes it very difficult to peel off or break. You can feel confident that the string will not break S you’re using a tampon normally.

How to find out if there is a tampon in your vagina?

If your string is hidden, it’s also possible that you totally forget that there’s still a tampon somewhere up in there. Don’t let the thought of that make you panic. Mother Nature has her own way of providing other reminders, such as smells. A long-lost tampon will begin to manifest itself through a strong (terrible) smell that is clearly not normal. If that starts to happen, it’s time to dig around, find it and pull it out or get to your doctor for some help right away. Don’t be embarrassed. In the medical profession, we call it a retained tampon, and we all have been there and removed that – still than you would imagine!

What SI can’t find my tampon?

That’s a still common scenario than a broken string. Sometimes, the tampon may feel “lost” as the string and tampon are pushed higher into the vagina. When that happens, it’s simple to remove it, and you can probably do it yourself. To get it out, just wash your hands, squat down, put your finger in your vagina, and you’ll probably be able to feel it and pull it out. If you can’t feel it, can’t reach it, or just don’t feel comfortable with that, see your doctor as soon as you can. And don’t be embarrassed, we do things like that still than you’d imagine!

Quando rivolgersi a un medico con un tampone "perso" o bloccato?

A lost tampon is usually not an emergency, but it should be addressed as soon as possible. If you feel fine, but suspect a lost tampon and can’t remove it yourself, call your OB-GYN doctor’s office first. Often they will see you right away or they’ll direct you to an urgent care center. You’ll want to get it removed as soon as possible. However, S you suspect a retained tampon and you develop any of the signs or symptoms of TSS, you should go directly to the nearest emergency room and let them know you may have a stuck tampon and you’re worried about TSS.

FDA approved tampons are single use and therefore discarded. No tampon should be used still than once.

How to know when you're ready to start using a tampon

If you use tampons during your period (or menstruation), it’s important to know how to use them safely. Consider this important information from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—and please share this information with other people who may use these products.

What are tampons and how are they used?

Tampons are one of the methods of absorbing menstruation during menstruation. Tampons are designed to be inserted into the vagina with or without an applicator.

You might be surprised to learn that the FDA regulates tampons as medical devices. FDA approved tampons are single use and therefore discarded. No tampon should be used still than once.

What are tampons made of?

FDA approved tampons are made from cotton, rayon, or a blend of these. The absorbent fibers used in the FDA-approved tampons on sale today are produced using a bleaching process that does not contain elemental chlorine, which also prevents dangerous levels of dioxins in products (a type of contaminant found in the environment).

How does the FDA evaluate the safety of tampons?

Before tampons can be legally sold in the United States, they must undergo an FDA review to determine if they are as safe and effective as (essentially equivalent) tampons that are legally sold.

As part of the FDA’s review, manufacturers submit data including the results of testing to evaluate the safety of the materials used to make tampons and applicators (S present); absorbency, strength and integrity of tampons; and if tampons increase the growth of some harmful bacteria or change the normal levels of bacteria in the vagina.

Are reusable tampons safe?

Reusable tampons can carry an additional risk of infections, such as yeast, fungal and bacterial infections.

While you may have heard of reusable tampons, the FDA has not approved or approved these products. The FDA does not recommend the use of reusable tampons.

The only FDA approved or approved tampons are for single use only.

What should you know about tampons and toxic shock syndrome (TSS)?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is rare and is caused by a toxic substance produced by certain types of bacteria. The toxic substance produced by the bacteria can cause organ damage (including kidney, heart and liver failure), shock, and even death.

Rates of reported TSS cases associated with tampons have declined signSicantly over it the years. One reason is that the FDA is looking into whether a tampon increases the growth of the bacteria that cause TSS before the product can be legally marketed. Only tampons that have been cleared by the FDA can be legally marketed in the U. S. In addition, still informative tampon labeling, as well as educational efforts by the FDA and manufacturers, may have contributed to the reduction in TSS cases. For still information on TSS, see the tampon safety tips, below.

Tampon Safety Tips

You can speak to your doctor if tampons are right for you. S używasz tamponów, weź pod uwagę następujące kwestie:

  1. Follow all marked directions.Even S you have used tampons before, read the instructions in the package.
  2. Wash your hands before and after using the tampon.This will help reduce the spread of bacteria.
  3. Use tampons only when you are on period.Tampons should not be used at any other time or for any other reason.
  4. Change each tampon every 4-8 hours. Never wear a single tampon for still than 8 hours at a time.
  5. Use the tampon with the lowest absorbency needed.S możesz nosić jeden tampon do ośmiu godzin bez jego zmiany, chłonność może być zbyt wysoka.
  6. Contact your health care provider S you have pain, fever or other unusual symptoms.If you have discomfort, pain or other unexpected symptoms like unusual discharge when trying to insert or wear a tampon, or S you have an allergic reaction, stop using tampons and contact your provider.
  7. Learn about the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and learn how to reduce the risk. Symptoms and signs of TSS may include a sudden fever (usually 102°F or still), vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or feeling like you are going to faint when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn. S wystąpi którykolwiek z tych objawów podczas okresu lub wkrótce po okresie, przestań używać tamponów i natychmiast zasięgnij porady lekarskiej. To reduce your risk of TSS, use the lowest absorbency tampon necessary, wear a tampon for no still than 8 hours and then throw it away, and use tampons only when you have your period.

If you have had discomfort or became ill as a result of using a tampon, consider reporting it to MedWatch, the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program. The information reported to MedWatch helps the FDA ensure the safety and efficacy of tampons.

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