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Healthy Vagina: Are Tampons Safe?

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Whether you just started your periods for the first time or have been menstruating for years now, you must have come across the term ‘Tampons’ and the dreadful story about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) that can occur if a very highly absorbent tampon is left inside your vagina for too long.

We all can take our minds back to the exact moment when we were shaking in the bathroom, upon getting our first periods at the age of fourteen or fifteen and calling our best friend or proficient elder sister for help on how to use tampons.

How does it fit in? Is it safe to use? Can it get stuck?

It is completely normal to feel anxious about using a tampon for the first time, particularly if you have so many unanswered questions in your mind. However, Tampons are perfectly safe to use allowing you to stay just as your dynamic self and wear your favourite skinny jeans just like during the rest of the month.

Tampons are similar to your sanitary pads made to absorb your menstrual flow and are soft and cylindrical in shape so that they can easily be inserted into the vagina without much of a stretch. You will find tampons in all different absorbency levels and sizes at the grocery stores. To avoid any problems in the later, it is important that you use the right size and level of absorbency.

Throughout your life as a young lady, making a decent attempt at a grocery store whether to buy tampons or to go with the traditional sanitary pads, you will come across many rumours about tampons that have now been disapproved by the FDA, guaranteeing that tampons are totally safe to use for a healthy vagina and menstruation. Many people have claimed that tampons contain asbestos that can lead to excessive bleeding. However, as per the Food and Drug Administration authority (FDA), asbestos is not utilized in any way while making tampons and companies that do so, are penalized and subjected to question.

Making sure that you use the right size and absorbency tampon, you can reduce the risk of vaginal discomforts and TSS. It is encouraged among teenagers and young women to use thinner tampons and change every few hours during the day. You can read the directions on the tampon packaging you use on how to insert and discuss any question or concerns you have regarding using tampons with your health care provider. Here are some tips to lessen the risk of any vaginal discomfort/uneasiness and TSS when using tampons:

  • Insert tampons with utmost care. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands before removing or inserting a tampon.
  • Change your tampon after every four hours.
  • Buy the right tampon size and absorbency level.
  • Try using pads during night-time and tampons in the daytime.

Millions of women around the world use tampons without any issues, however, in any case it is imperative to keep in mind that even though tampons are safe to use according to the FDA, your vaginal health and hygiene lies entirely in your hands. It is good to stay aware of any risks in order to make your choice about whether to use pads or tampons and also to minimize any risks concerned with mensuration.


Contributed by “StagHorn

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