The most commonly experienced phenomena in every woman’s life is that of experiencing a full five torturous days of being on a period. The scientific and detailed explanation of a period is the breakage of the egg in the woman’s womb and the discharge of the unwanted tissues through the vagina.
As much as it is important, it sometimes gets on the nerve of every woman. Because it not only comes with the discharge of the unwanted tissues, but also with unwanted pain and mess.
While the discharge seems inevitable, it is also important to find ways in which you can take care of your period and collect the flow to protect yourself from staining your clothes and causing yourself any embarrassment. The most commonly used female hygiene products are pads, tampons, and menstrual cups.
Pads are thin absorbents that are stuck on the underwear to absorb the menstrual flow. Menstrual cups are, however silicon cups that are inserted in the vagina to collect the flow. There are various tampon sizes and types in all of them.
Here, we will talk about tampons. To understand the types of tampon and tampon sizes, we must first understand what exactly is a tampon?
What is a tampon?
A tampon is an absorbent used to collect the menstrual flow. A tampon is inserted into the vagina and helps in absorbing the flow during your period. It comes with a string that helps you to remove the tampon from your vagina. The usage of tampons is easy. However, it does require practice.
Tampons are cylindrical in shape, complimenting the shape and requirement of the vaginal cavity. Since it comes with a string, the removal becomes very easy.
What is the need of using a tampon?
Using a tampon is one of the forms of collecting the menstrual flow and being clean during the course of menstruation. Like other hygiene products, a tampon has various benefits.
One of the major benefits is that you can simply insert the tampon in the vagina making the period less messy.
That is to say, when you plan to have a swim or you face a rainy day, you are less likely to stain your clothes and are more likely to feel comfortable, not-so-smelly, and less worried.
What are the different types of tampons/tampon sizes available?
There is a basic difference in understanding the different types of tampons and tampon sizes available:
Considering the material used in the making of a tampon, usually, they can be cotton made and rayon made.
Based on the absorbency of a tampon, they can be of high, regular, or low absorbency.
According to the way in which it can be used, they can be tampon with an applicator and tampon without an applicator.
So if we try to understand it from these pointers, the kind of tampon is classified by the kind of absorbency it has.
Which tampon type or tampon size should I use?
Now that you have already decided to use a tampon, the first thing you should do is to buy a tampon. For this, it is important to buy not one but different kind of tampons or tampon sizes.
You can purchase all three kinds of tampons: the high absorbency one, the regular one, and the low absorbency tampon. It will help you use an ideal one as per your requirement, such as your menstrual flow.
When you begin to use a tampon, keeping a ‘slender’ tampon to understand the mechanism of the tampon can be beneficial. Try getting a tampon with an applicator when you begin. This will help in easy insertion of the tampon in your vagina.
The ones that are digital do not have an applicator. In such tampons, you will require to insert the tampon with your finger. This can be tedious or misleading too.
Low absorbency tampon or high absorbency tampon: which one to use?
It is time to understand which tampon you will need and which is the kind of tampon that you should use?
During the course of your period, you might be using all of the kinds you got. On the days when your menstrual flow is to the heavy side, you will require to use the high absorbency tampon.
On the days when you are about to finish your period and the blood flow is almost negligent, you would be using the low absorbency tampon. That is to say, depending on the flow, you will be switching between these different kinds of tampons.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to change a tampon every four to the max six hours. Never keep a tampon for more than eight hours in your vagina. To check the kind of flow you are having, you will have to check if the tampon has any white portion remaining while you are changing the tampon.
If you see a white portion left in the tampon, you might want to shift to a regular, or a low absorbency tampon. But if you see the string too soaked in your menstrual blood or leakage through your underwear too, you might want to switch to a high absorbency tampon.
What are the benefits of using a tampon?
Using a tampon comes with a lot of benefits. If you are going to be a regular tampon user, you will be able to swim with your tampon on without worrying to have a fluffy, stinky, or a leaking pad to deal with.
You will be able to swim carefreely. Along with that, if you happen to forget your umbrella or raincoat and face a rainy day, you’re less likely to experience any leakage or smell and can roam about without any fear or worry.
With these benefits, using a tampon is also an easy form of absorbing the menstrual flow. It is lightweight, easy to carry, and can be taken around in your pocket as well.
What are the disadvantages or problems you’ll face while using a tampon?
With all the advantages, there are some disadvantages that a tampon user will face. One of the most common and scientifically proven disadvantages of using a tampon is being a victim of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Toxic Shock Syndrome is a syndrome that leads a woman to have flu-like symptoms, feel significantly weak and or dizzy, rashes, and sensations of vomiting and diarrhea.
To be cautious of Toxic Shock Syndrome, you must wash your hands before inserting the tampon into your vagina. Keeping that in mind, you must also change the tampon at the required time.
You must also keep in mind the kind of flow you are having and the kind of tampon you’d need. Prefer using the less absorbent tampons. Keep switching between using pads and using tampons.
Other disadvantages include having to change the tampon every four to six hours. Users of tampons also might end up overspending on the hygiene products than the non-users.
If you happen to sleep longer than eight hours, there are chances that you might leak a bit or may be more, depending on your flow.
However, in such cases, it is advisable to use both a tampon and a pad to save yourself from any leakage.
Tampons are easy to use, affordable, and much attractive in terms of the advantages. However, tampons are equally difficult to manage, tedious to understand and get a hang of it. Once gotten the knack, tampons do save your life!