Periods are not fun, and everything around them sucks.
The cramps, the mood swings, the cravings – all of it sucks.
Even though you (probably) know a lot about the biological aspect of your period and what happens inside your body, how much do you know about the products that help us?
Tampons are products used by millions of women all around the world, and we believe we talk very little about them. So, it’s time we educated ourselves!
1. You can’t flush them
You’ve tried flushing a tampon? You’re not the only one!
Many women believe that it’s the best way to get rid of them, but it’s actually not. They can easily stop the flow of septic pipes and clog it, and cause serious damage.
The best way to dispose of a tampon is by throwing it in the garbage.
2. Scented tampons make things even worse
We don’t know why scented tampons are even a thing in the first place, but what we do know is that they are not great for your private parts, as the chemicals use to add the scent destroy the bacteria your private parts need to stay clean and healthy.
3. You shouldn’t sleep with a tampon in
Even though taking a nap with a tampon in isn’t the end of the world, it’s better to sleep with a pad instead of a tampon.
Doctors recommend not to leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours because it can lead to infection and toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
If you do end up sleeping with a tampon in, make sure to change it immediately after you wake up.
4. Not all tampons are the same
Even though it sounds very basic, you would be surprised by how many people don’t realize that the kind of tampon you use is very important.
It is recommended to aim for the lowest absorbency possible (I know it sounds counter-intuitive) because it makes tampons easier to remove and causes less discomfort during your period.
You should also do some research and find out what style, brand, and size of tampon works best for you.
5. Tampons have an expiration date
Even though that spare box of tampons in your medicine cabinet might look brand new, if it’s been sitting there for longer than five years, you should throw it out.
Why? Because all tampons have expiry dates on their boxes, and you should probably follow them. Old tampons can grow mold and bacteria, and you most definitely don’t want to use a moldy tampon.