If you do choose to wear a tampon to bed, here are some tips on how to do it safely:
- Put the tampon in just before you go to bed
If you’re planning to wear a tampon at night, be sure to put it in right before you go to bed. If you put it in a few hours before bedtime, you’ll be unwittingly adding hours to your tampon wear that may push you over the 8-hour mark.
- Choose the right absorbency for your flow
Then there’s the question of leakage. Many girls find that they need to change their tampon every 4 to 6 hours especially on their heavy flow days. But you definitely sleep for more than 4 to 6 hours. Because overnight is such an extended period of time, whether you can sleep with a tampon in depends on how familiar you are with your period. As you learn about your flow, you’ll see if want to try a heavier absorbency for overnight wear.
- Set an alarm
Not sure you’ll wake up after 8 hours of overnight tampon wear? Set an alarm. This way you’ll be sure to wake up in time to change your tampon so that you stay within the 8-hour limit. If you tend to sleep through your alarm, you may want to skip the tampon and opt for a pad instead.
- Wear a panty liner for extra security
If you have an extra heavy flow, you may want to pair a tampon with a panty liner like ALWAYS Dailies Fresh & Protect for extra overnight protection.
- Wear TAMPAX to ensure leak-free periods
If you’re an old pro and know you won’t leak overnight, go ahead and wear just a tampon at night. TAMPAX are ideal for extended wear because they give you the freedom and confidence of having leak-free period nights. All in all, you can sleep with a tampon in, as long as you’re smart about it and remember to change it in time.