7 Ways You’re Wearing Tampons Wrong
Tampons are a convenient option. They give you freedom of movement and save you from frumpy granny panties, which means you can still be active and zip yourself into a tight skirt while on your period. But if you’re wearing them wrong, you may not only be subjecting yourself to discomfort or even pain, but also putting yourself at risk of getting very sick.
Not sure what these mistakes are? Scroll the gallery to find out.
More stories from CLEO
I Tried The Menstrual Cup… And It Got Stuck
This Is What Womb Care Therapy Did For My Menstrual Cramps
5 Ways to Alleviate Period Pains
Image: Elena Kharichkina/123RF.com
1. You don't wash your hands
You shouldn’t only wash your hands after inserting your tampon — you’ve also got to do it before to prevent all the germs you picked up from making its way to your lady bits.
2. You don't insert your tampon far enough
If there’s discomfort around your vulva and vagina after inserting your tampon, it’s probably not far in enough. Gently push it deeper into you with a finger and you shouldn’t be able to feel a thing after.
3. You don't change it often enough
Letting your soaked tampon sit in your vagina can lead to complications such as bacterial infections and even toxic shock syndrome. Even if your tampon hasn’t been full ‘utilised’, you should switch it for a new one every four hours.
4. You don't change it after you do a number two
Bacteria from your poop can get lodged onto the string of your tampon and find its way into your vagina or urethra. Naaasty.
5. You don't match the absorbency of your tampon to your flow
Much as a low-absorbency tampon on a heavy flow will result in a leak, a high absorbency tampon on a light flow will just dry out your vagina, which can lead to other issues in the long run. You should also never use a tampon to absorb vaginal discharge.
6. You use a dirty tampon
And by dirty, we mean one with a torn wrapper — because that just means it’s been contaminated by all the other stuff you have in your bag. It may not be nice having to bin a new one but it beats having your women parts get funky.
7. You forget about it
Its barely-there feeling will make it easy to forget about. However, it’s not only severely unhygienic, but will also result in a horrible odour in and around your vagina.