Tampons are a popular menstrual product used by women worldwide. They offer convenience, discretion, and a range of physical activities that pads cannot provide. However, like any menstrual product, tampons come with both advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of tampons and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use them correctly.
Pros of Tampons:
- Convenience Tampons are very convenient for women who lead an active lifestyle. Unlike pads, they do not hinder movement, allowing women to participate in sports or other physical activities with ease. Women can swim, dance, or even do yoga with tampons without fear of any leakage.
- Discreet Tampons are discreet, which means that they can be worn with confidence and without fear of detection. This is particularly important for women who prefer to keep their menstrual cycle private. Tampons are small and can be carried in a purse or pocket without anyone noticing.
- Lower risk of leakage Tampons sit inside the vagina, which means that they are less likely to leak compared to pads. This is especially true for women who experience heavy bleeding during their period. Tampons come in different absorbencies, so you can choose the one that suits your flow.
- Longer wear time Tampons can be worn for up to eight hours, depending on the heaviness of the menstrual flow. This makes them ideal for women who have busy schedules and cannot change their menstrual product regularly. However, it is essential to change tampons every four to eight hours to reduce the risk of TSS.
Cons of Tampons:
- Health risks Tampons are associated with a rare but serious condition called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). This is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection that can occur when tampons are left in for too long. To reduce the risk of TSS, it is essential to change tampons every four to eight hours. Women should also avoid using tampons with higher absorbencies than they need.
- Cost Tampons can be more expensive than pads, especially for women who have heavy periods and need to change them more frequently. However, this cost can be reduced by purchasing tampons in bulk or using reusable menstrual products like menstrual cups.
- Environmental impact Like all menstrual products, tampons contribute to environmental waste. However, there are eco-friendly options available, such as reusable menstrual cups or organic tampons. These products reduce waste and are more environmentally friendly.
How to use Tampons:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Sit on the toilet or stand with one foot on the toilet seat, or in the bathtub with one foot on the edge.
- Remove the tampon from its wrapper.
- Hold the tampon by the applicator, with the string hanging down.
- Gently insert the tampon into the vagina, aiming towards the lower back. You should not feel any discomfort or pain. If you do, you may need to adjust the tampon’s position or use a smaller size.
- Once the tampon is inserted, use your finger to push the inner tube of the applicator, sliding the tampon inside the vagina. Remove the applicator, leaving the tampon in place.
- Remember to change your tampon every four to eight hours, or more frequently if necessary.
When using tampons, it is essential to follow the correct procedure to avoid any health risks. Always wash your hands thoroughly before inserting the tampon, and make sure to change it every four to eight hours. Women should also avoid using tampons with higher absorbencies than they need and be aware of the signs of TSS, such as fever, vomiting, and rash.
To reduce the cost of using tampons, women can purchase them in bulk or consider switching to reusable menstrual products like menstrual cups. These products are environmentally friendly and can be cost-effective in the long run.
In conclusion, tampons are a popular menstrual product that offers convenience, discretion, and freedom of movement. However, they come with some health risks, cost implications, and environmental impact. Women should be aware of these factors and choose the menstrual product that suits their needs and lifestyle. By following the correct procedure for using tampons, women can enjoy the benefits without any adverse effects on their health.
About The Author
Dr. Krisca is a highly-educated and skilled physician who has obtained a BS Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the De La Salle Medical Health Sciences Institute. She is a licensed physician and also a Registered Medical Technologist. She has received additional training in Hemodialysis for Non-Nephro Physicians on duty and has completed online courses in related fields like depression in populations from John Hopkins University and positive psychiatry from The University of Sydney. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of International Health in the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Krisca is known for her outstanding skills and compassionate approach to healthcare that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Through her passion for healthcare, she hopes to make a difference in the world and help people lead healthier, happier lives.