The main purpose of tampons is to absorb menstrual fluid during your period. They are inserted into the vagina to catch and collect menstrual blood, and can be worn for up to 4-6 hours at a time, depending on the flow. Tampons are a convenient and discreet option for managing menstrual flow because they are not visible from the outside and can be worn under clothes.
In addition to their absorbent properties, tampons can also help to prevent odours and leaks. They are made from absorbent materials, such as cotton or rayon, which can help to control odour and prevent stains on clothing.
Tampons are a popular choice among women who are active or participate in sports, as they do not interfere with physical activity the way that pads or other menstrual products might.
To use a tampon, follow these steps:
Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the tampon.
Relax your muscles and find a comfortable position, such as standing with one foot on the toilet or squatting.
Remove the tampon from the packaging and hold it with the string facing down.
Gently separate the labia with your free hand and insert the tampon into the vagina, aiming it towards the small of your back.
Push the tampon up as far as it will go, using your index finger to guide it.
Hold the string and gently pull the tampon out when it is time to change it.
It is important to change your tampon every 4-6 hours to prevent the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is a rare but serious condition that can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long.