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How Long Can You Keep a Tampon in? Can a Tampon Fall Out? And Other Not at All Embarrassing Questions About Tampons — Answered by Flo

How to use tampons for the first time? The instructions are simple, although for some girls this may become a real challenge. Today, we'll try to help you start using tampons by answering 16 most popular questions about them from our users.

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Generally, girls with no sexual experience can use tampons. The shape and structure of the hymen vary from female to female so you may want to consult your gynecologist before starting to use them. 

If the doctor deems it an acceptable female hygiene product for you, choose the "slim" or "slender" kind — their diameter doesn't exceed 0.6 in (15 mm).

If properly inserted, the tampon is held inside by the muscles, tightly closing the vaginal opening, and cannot fall out by itself.

Enjoy doing sports, but monitor your well-being.

The tampon should be changed as it fills up. Usually, this occurs every 4–8 hours with medium intensity discharge.

Observe personal hygiene, and don't leave the tampon inside for more than 8 hours.

This has to do with toxic shock syndrome. If during tampon use, you experience a sudden increase in your temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or a rash, immediately remove the tampon and contact your doctor.

Don't be scared, though. The condition is very rare, occurring in only once in 3 million people!

You don't need to change your tampon every time you use the bathroom. Despite being located very close to each other, the urethra and the vagina are two separate openings.

A tampon cannot hurt you at night. Insert it before going to bed, and replace it immediately after you wake up.

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The vagina ends with the cervix. The hole in it is too small for a tampon to go through. The vagina has no turns or bends, so a tampon cannot get lost in the abdomen.

Tampons allow you to continue workouts, including swimming, during menstruation. Don't be afraid that the tampon will get wet. The muscles surrounding the vaginal opening don't let water inside.

Tampons are designed to absorv menstrual flow only. And it's not a good idea to use tampons for your daily vaginal discharge.

If you are bothered by the amount of white discharge, use daily liners or change your underwear more often.

If the tampon is inserted correctly, you shouldn't feel it. Discomfort is usually associated with improper tampon size or incorrect insertion. Be sure to read the instructions before use.

Make up accessories in a girl's bag

There are no additional absorbent granules inside tampons. They are made from cotton or cellulose. Some tampons are covered with a silky layer that facilitates insertion.

The string is securely entwined with the tampon fibers, and the likelihood of its breaking is low.

Don't forget about proper hygiene. Be sure to wash your hands before inserting a tampon.

During menstruation, female reproductive organs are particularly vulnerable to infection.​

If you can't find the tampon string, don't panic. Wash your hands, squat or lift one leg, gently insert 2 fingers into the vagina, find the tampon, and take it out.

The tampon is a means of hygiene and is not suitable for contraception. It doesn't have barrier properties and is not able to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.

You can't insert several tampons at once. Change your tampon as it fills up, and use daily liners to prevent leaks.

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