WHAT ARE TAMPONS?
Tampons are used to absorb your menstrual flow. Its a mass of absorbent material that is used as female hygiene product. It saves from period leakages and provides you with that extra confidence to do anything. Dropping out swimming because of your periods? Now go ahead and enjoy!
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TAMPON?
There are two main types of tampons. They are Applicator and Non-applicator tampons. Initially, you should always go for applicator tampons. As a beginner, its lot easier to work with it and then gradually start using non-applicator tampons. Click here to understand the difference between the applicator and non-applicator tampons.
HOW TO INSERT A TAMPON?
♥ PROCESS BEFORE INSERTION
1. BUY A PACK OF TAMPON.
Before switching to tampons, at first, you can always ask any of your friends for a tampon and try it. Only if you feel comfortable you can switch to a regular use of tampons.
You can buy tampons in medical shops, supermarkets or online as well. Tampons are available in India too. Its available in a variety of sizes. If you are a beginner try to use the applicator tampons as that type of tampon has a plastic tube that covers the inner tampon and helps to push the tampon into your vagina. Non- applicator tampons are also available and you can pick that after you feel you are a pro in this game.
2. HOW TO PICK UP THE RIGHT SIZE AND ABSORBENCY TAMPON.
For the first-timers, it is suggested using the slender tampons. Tampons come in different absorbency rates, depending upon your menstrual flow. You can use heavy absorbency tampons during the first three days of your periods and shift to a lighter absorbency tampons towards the end of your periods. Brands like Kotex and Tampax are the best tampons available on the market.
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♥ INSERTION METHOD
1. WASH HANDS PROPERLY BEFORE USING A TAMPON.
I know its weird to hear anyone saying wash your hands before using the tampon but as we know precautions are very necessary, washing your hands before the insertion process is very necessary because tampons are sterile and once if it’s touched with dirty hands or dropped in the floor it is no more worth using. Several germs and harmful bacteria invade into the tampon and make it unsterile. Don’t fret about few cents and throw off the unsterile tampon.
2. POSITION MATTERS.
Yes! Finding a comfortable position is very important because this is the key to insert the tampon in the most appropriate way. Stand, sit, squat or try any other position you feel relaxed and find your vaginal opening.
3. PLACE THE TAMPON CORRECTLY.
Hold the tampon correctly. The string should be outside of your vagina. Gently push the tampon inside your vagina with the help of the applicator. Stop pushing the tampon when you notice the thin portion meeting the thick portion. Now, Smoothly pull out the applicator out of your vagina. Don’t worry if you’re going to pull out the tampon because after this process the tampon is set in your vagina. After taking out the applicator, just give a gentle pressure so that it gets in the correct place. Let the string be out of your body as you need the string while removing the tampon.
Throw the applicator in a bin or dumping space but never try to flush it out as it can cause some serious issue in plumbing.
4. CHECK WHETHER YOU’RE COMFORTABLE OR NOT.
You should not feel uncomfortable when the tampon is inserted. Actually, you should not even feel anything inside you. It should be very comfortable and relaxed. Do a walking and sitting test and if you are still bothered by the thing then get it out of your vagina. Maybe you placed it incorrectly. Remove it and try a new one.
♥ STEPS TO INSERT A NON-APPLICATOR TAMPON.
Wash your hand, take the non-applicator tampon and then find your vaginal opening. As you get your vaginal opening, take the tampon and place it inside. Make sure the string should hang outside the vagina and the upper part of the tampon is perfectly inside. Now gently push the tampon inside until your fingers touch your vagina. Give a gentle force and the tampon will be inserted in the perfect place. Remove the tampon smoothly holding the string.
Don’t be frustrated the tampon doesn’t get in perfectly on the first try. Give few more try. Relax because the more you stress out the more pain you encounter. If its trouble for you to insert the tampon, use a vaginal lubricant on the vagina and the inserting portion of the tampon. This will definitely make the process and things will get a lot easier and smoother.
CHANGING THE TAMPON.
You should change the tampon in every four to six hours depending upon the menstrual flow. Try not to keep a tampon inside more than six hours. If you accidentally do so and experiencing high fever, vomiting or other problems. Immediately visit a doctor.
REMOVING THE TAMPON.
Relax and remove the tampon smoothly. It may seem horrifying but it is an easy job. Just try to be as gentle as possible. If you can feel fibers of the tampon coming out. It may happen because of its too much dry and try to use a low absorbency tampon. Use some water to remove the tampon out.
TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME (TSS)
It is a rare and serious infection caused by bacterial toxins. It may occur to a girl using very absorbent tampons. Probably you may not get this infection but it’s better to take precaution.
To decrease the risk of getting TSS, you must follow these precautionary measures.
1. Always keep the tampon sterile and make sure to wash your hand before and after inserting the tampon.
2. Change your tampon on time, within every four to six hours.
3. Try to use super-absorbent tampons.
4. Use tampons daytime and pads at night, use both alternatively.
Don’t flush the tampons or the applicator as it may cause some serious damage to the plumbing. Unless the tampons are flushable. Just wrap the tampon and applicators in a tissue paper and then dispose of it in the dustbin.
Hope this article will help any beginner to know everything about a tampon.