Using Tampons For The First Time? Consider These Things Before Using Them
Tampons are favoured by some people over other menstrual products like pads because they are compact, discreet, and stay in place.
A tampon is a product intended for managing menstrual flow. Its purpose is to absorb blood during a period. It typically consists of a cylindrical shape made of soft and absorbent material, often cotton, with a thin layer of rayon or another fabric covering it. The tampon is hygienically wrapped and compressed for easy insertion into the vagina, where it expands to absorb the menstrual fluid.
Tampons come in various sizes to accommodate different levels of menstrual flow. The most common absorbencies are light, regular, and super. Those who are young or new to using tampons may find light tampons more comfortable and easier to use. Some tampons are equipped with plastic or cardboard applicators. These applicators provide convenience during insertion.
They offer several advantages compared to other menstrual products, such as the ability to swim while wearing them, their discreet presence when properly positioned, flexibility, reduced bulkiness, and being rash-free, among others.
While tampons are user-friendly, it's important to consider the following points before using them for the first time:
Suitable tampon size
For beginners, it's recommended to use the "slender" size as you're still getting acquainted with the process. This will make it easier to insert the tampon smoothly. Additionally, remember to use it during a moderate to heavy flow.
An appropriate level of absorbency
Keep in mind that tampons are designed to be highly absorbent, so choosing the right absorbency level is crucial. You are the one who knows your flow pattern best. Therefore, on days with lighter flow, opt for a tampon with lower absorbency. However, if you find yourself bleeding through the tampon and experiencing staining within 4 to 5 hours, it's time to increase the absorbency level.
Hand Hygiene while inserting or removing tampons
Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly before both inserting and removing tampons. Even if you believe your hands are already clean, it is important to wash them to minimise the risk of contracting any infection.
Use tampons only during menstruation
Reserve the use of tampons solely for your menstrual period. Refrain from using them at any other time or for any other purposes.
Employ suitable lubricants
If vaginal dryness poses challenges while inserting a tampon, apply a water-based vaginal lubricant to the applicator tip. However, it is advisable to avoid using petroleum jelly as a vaginal lubricant, as it can lead to vaginal infections.
How to use tampons
Allow yourself to relax. Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on calming thoughts. Take all the time you need. It's important to be ready mentally, so take as much time as necessary to prepare yourself. The more relaxed you are, the smoother the process will be.
Cleanse your hands
Once you notice that your menstrual flow has become moderately heavy, indicating sufficient moisture in the vaginal walls, it's time to insert the tampon. Start by washing your hands to ensure the tampon (and its applicator) remains sterile and free from any bacteria or potential infection. Wait until your hands are dry, and then open the tampon packet.
Find a comfortable position that allows easy access to your vaginal opening. You can choose to sit on the toilet, spread your legs, or stand and squat slightly. Another option is to stand with one leg elevated on the toilet or any raised platform that you find most comfortable. Over time, you will discover the method that works best for you.
Hold the tampon with your dominant finger
Use your dominant fingers to hold the tampon. Grip it where the smaller, inner tube inserts into the larger, outer tube. Ensure that the string points downwards, away from your body, and remains easily visible. The thicker part of the tampon should face upward. Additionally, you can place your index finger on the base of the tampon, with your middle finger and thumb positioned on the provided grips.
Locate your vaginal opening
You have three openings: the urethra (for urine), the vagina (in the middle), and the anus (at the back). Use one hand to gently hold open the labia, which are folds of skin around the vagina. Locate your urethra first, and then you'll find your vagina just an inch or two below. It's normal if you see some blood on your fingers—this is completely normal.
Insert the tampon into your vagina
Now that you've located your vagina, the next step is to insert the tampon approximately an inch (or so) into the top of your vagina. Slowly and gently push the tampon upward until your fingers touch the applicator and the outer tube of the tampon is inside your vagina. Gently press the slimmer end of the applicator using your index finger. Once you've accomplished this, use your thumb and middle finger to remove the applicator, ensuring that the string is left hanging outside.
Tampons provide a secure and hassle-free method for absorbing menstrual flow, ensuring both safety and convenience. With a variety of sizes and types available, selecting the appropriate tampon based on the flow level is crucial. To maintain hygiene and prevent potential health risks, it is advised to change tampons every 4-8 hours. It's crucial not to exceed the 8-hour limit and avoid leaving a tampon in for an extended period.Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician or doctor. The Company does not vouch for or endorse any of the above content, and disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, relating to the same.