Tampons come in sizes ranging from ones appropriate for first-time tampon use to heavy-flow tampons for those who experience a heavier flow of menstrual blood during their period.
Tampons should be chosen based on how much menstrual fluid is passed during a short time, rather than choosing larger capacity tampons and leaving them in longer. Tampons need to be changed regularly to avoid infection.
Benefits of using tampons
Tampons have many benefits compared to other methods of catching menstrual flow. They’re more discreet than pads and cups and can be more hygienic to change as well, with most of the expelled blood soaking into the tampon. Tampons can be left in while urinating and only need to be handled when inserting and removing.
Using an applicator with a tampon is beneficial and hygienic as it prevents exposure to menstrual fluids. You can also use toilet paper to remove tampons, preventing your hands from coming into contact with any expelled blood.
Tampons are smaller than most other menstrual products, which makes storing them very convenient. Tampons also help avoid the feeling of menstrual fluids that have not yet been absorbed by a pad.
Using tampons can also make it easier to participate in activities like swimming that would not be possible wearing a pad. Most people cannot feel a tampon once it’s been inserted, which is another benefit that tampons provide.
Wearing a tampon can also make it easier to keep fresh during your period, compared to using pads, which are more likely to provoke odors. Tampon options include ones made from organic or environmentally friendly materials. While experimenting with using tampons, consider multiple options to find the best one for you and your flow.