Should I Use Tampons?
Have you ever been on the fence about whether or not you should be using tampons during your menstrual cycle? We’ve all been there, and there are so many questions that need to be answered! What’s in a tampon? How long can I leave it in for? Are they even safe? What are my other options? Let’s find out!
What’s in a Tampon?
Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require tampon companies to list out all their ingredients on their boxes? It’s true… and kind of suspicious, right? Tampons seem like they’re simply made out of cotton, but they’re so much more than that! First off, most aren’t made of just cotton, except for a select few companies that now make 100% organic cotton tampons. They can be made of a combination of cotton and rayon, but they can also have chemicals in them that aren’t too good for your body.
How Long Can I Leave a Tampon in For?
That depends! If you have a heavier flow, it might be okay for you to leave it in for up to 6 or 7 hours. If you have a lighter flow, you might want to keep it in for less time. Don’t leave a tampon in for longer than needed, as it could cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (or TSS).
Are Tampons Safe?
The main concern when using tampons is a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (or TSS). TSS can occur when one of two things (or both) happens: you leave your tampon in longer than it should be, or you use a tampon with too much absorption. For example, if you’re on one of your lighter days, you shouldn’t be using a super absorption tampon. This is because the tampon will eventually start to absorb the bacteria in your body that needs to stay there. There is even a risk of bad bacteria traveling up the string of a tampon.
You can read much more about whether or not tampons are the perfect choice for you here!
What Are My Other Period Protection Options?
A classic! Pads are a great form of period protection, especially for those just starting to get their period. They’re easy to use and don’t require insertion. All you need to do is open the pad, take off the sticky backing, and smooth it down to your underwear. If they have wings, take off the sticker and flip the wings so they stick to the underside of your underwear. They have different sizes for different flows, so you know you’ll feel protected.
Menstrual cups are relatively new. They’re similar to tampons in that you have to insert something into your vagina to use it, but if you’re already a tampon user, this could be a great alternative for you! The blood simply collects in the cup and you empty it out. They’re also reusable and a great option for those looking to lower their carbon footprint.
Period underwear is also new to the period protection scene. They are great for pad users who are also looking for a reusable option but aren’t looking to insert anything. Lots of companies out there also make their products with 100% organic cotton liners, like Ruby Love! Ruby Love’s period-proof underwear even has a dri-tech mesh layer that helps to protect against front, back, and side leaks while also absorbing odors.
There are so many choices out there for you, so whatever you decide to use as your form of period protection, you can rest easy knowing that you chose the best option for yourself!