Tampons: facts from history, safety rules and tips in case you forgot it “there”

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“Yes, there is a myth that tampons can cause toxic (a condition caused by certain bacteria in the body) shock, as well as exacerbate infections. But again, there are no scientific papers on this topic. There is also no evidence base to claim any harm to women’s health from the use of tampons.

Tampons are designed in such a way as to help a woman feel as comfortable as possible during her period. And even with the accumulation of blood, infection cannot begin “by itself”, inflammatory processes must already be in the body.

A number of doctors do not recommend that patients use tampons at night, referring to the fact that prolonged use of hygiene products can cause vaginal dryness. There are indeed guidelines for this.

You should change your tampons every 6-8 hours, so I recommend doing this just before bed. But if you plan to sleep longer, then you should either set an alarm or use other personal hygiene products.

Speaking about the choice of tampons, we mean that each of us has our own concepts of comfort. There are no specific criteria, as tampons are not the only protection against heavy menstrual bleeding. Of course, the use of this remedy is not recommended for girls who, for example, are not yet sexually active. May damage the hymen. Otherwise, there are no prohibitive recommendations: with the exception of the presence of inflammatory processes in the intrauterine and external genital organs. They need to be cured.”

Unconventional use

In general, tampons have a very rich history. They began to be used as early as the beginning of the 19th and 20th centuries for medicinal purposes. Oils, ointments and powders were applied to the tampon, with which obstetrician-gynecologists of that time treated various diseases in the female part. Later, tampons began to be used as a public and popularized remedy during menstruation. Although even now there are centers that are engaged in treatment in this unconventional way.

So do not blindly believe what we are told in advertising. Various “natural” impregnations of tampons and pads are nothing more than a commercial move. There is no evidence that there is any harm from using pads. As well as evidence of any of their medicinal properties. It is impossible to improve the microflora of the genital organs with impregnated tampons or pads with ionizing particles.

What else to pay attention to when using?

  • For composition. The basis should be hypoallergenic natural cotton. Fragrances and parabens are excluded;

  • expiration date matters: on average – three years;

  • Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after use!

What if you forget to remove the tampon?

In a certain sense, the use of tampons requires special discipline. In the gynecological department, quite often there are patients who “forgot to get a tampon” on time or did not know at all that it needed to be changed. In such cases, a woman may face some problems, such as:

  • drying out of the vagina. That is, if the tampon is inside in excess of the norm, then the hygiene item and the vagina dry out, which will lead to quite unpleasant sensations during its removal.

  • bad smell. If the menstrual blood itself has practically no discernible odor, then its prolonged interaction with the microflora inside the vagina can result in a rather pungent odor. It should make you think that something is happening in the body. Due to stress and the state of winding up, you can really forget to pull out the tampon … In this case, you must urgently remove it yourself or contact a gynecologist who will relieve you of the foreign body. The main thing is not to panic. Believe me, doctors have not come across such a thing – no one will condemn you.

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