Do you have questions about how to use tampons? Using a tampon can provide you with the right protection, but you might have a lot of questions and may feel unsure about where to start. Here are nine commonly asked questions that can help you decide if tampons are the right period protection for you.
1. Am I old enough to use tampons?
As soon as you start having your period, you’re old enough to use tampons, like Tampax. For your first period, try using pads to see if your flow is heavy or light. Then you can make the best choice for period protection depending on your cycle and activities.
2. Do tampons hurt?
If you insert a tampon the right way, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. Tampons are inserted into the vagina through the same opening from which menstrual fluid leaves your body. Follow the instructions given in the package on how to use tampons properly, or check out our guide. If you can feel the tampon, it probably hasn’t been inserted far enough into the vagina. You should remove that tampon and insert another one. Typically, you should not be able to feel the tampon at all.
3. When do I need to change my tampon?
A tampon should be changed every 4 to 8 hours — never wait longer than eight hours to change it.
4. What size tampons should I use?
It’s best to use the lowest absorbency tampon you can — while still getting the best protection. The right absorbency tampon will also be the most comfortable. If your tampon becomes saturated within an hour or two, look to use a higher absorbency tampon. On the other hand, if you remove the tampon and it feels stuck or dry, try a lighter absorbency. The better you get to know your own flow, the easier it will be to know which absorbency is best for you. For more information, check out our article here.
5. Do I need to wear a pad with my tampon?
Sometimes it’s helpful to wear a pantyliner when you’re first getting used to tampons until you know how often to change them and which absorbency is best for you. Pantyliners offer thin protection that can be a good backup for tampon use.
6. Should I use tampons with cardboard or plastic applicators?
This is totally up to you. Some women like plastic applicators because they find them easier and more comfortable to insert.
7. Can I use a tampon overnight?
Yes you can! Tampons can be worn for up to eight hours during the day or night. They give you full protection and stay in place no matter how much you move around when you sleep. But if you typically sleep more than eight hours every night, you should use a pad instead, like Always. They even make pads specifically for overnight use! And remember: A tampon must be removed after eight hours of use.
8. Can I use tampons for discharge?
No — you should only use tampons during your period. Remember, a little discharge is normal and you can use Always pantyliners to feel fresh and dry.
9. Should I use tampons if I am involved in athletic and dance activities?
For athletic activities, especially those requiring tight-fitting outfits, such as ballet, gymnastics or skiing, tampons are a good choice — since no one will notice you are menstruating. Tampons are also the only suitable form of menstrual protection while swimming.