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How to use tampon - Tampon Insertion Instructions and Tips

Tampons are usually a tubular design made from rayon or cotton, depending on the brand that you are using, with a string attached to it. These are usually inserted in a woman's vagina when they have their menstrual period. Tampons may come with applicators for easier insertions.
A tampon can be considered by many women as a savior during those times of the month when they regularly have their menstrual period. With the use of tampons, the fluid from the menstrual flow is efficiently absorbed and the unwanted menstrual odor is minimal. Pants and skirts silhouette are also preserved even during this time, unlike when using sanitary pads where it can be evident that one is using it.

Knowing the Right Tampon Sizes


A tampon's size is largely dependent on the tampon's ability to absorb. There are some brands wherein the tampons expand in length, while other brands expand in size, as they absorb the menstrual fluids. However, tampon size is standardized according to their absorbency rating regardless of how it expands or what brand it is.
Tampon Sizes in the US
Generally, when you look at tampon sizes in the US market, you will come to conclude that there are 5 sizes available.
The first one is junior absorbency tampon which is able to absorb up to 6 grams of menstrual fluid. This would be ideal for those days when you expect your menstruation to be light such as towards the end of your cycle.
Regular tampons are able to absorb from 6 grams to a maximum of 9 grams of menstrual fluid. This is ideal for most women for the middle days of their period when the menstrual flow tends to be consistent.
Super absorbency tampons are great for those first couple of days of a woman's period when there is a tendency for sudden gushes of menstrual fluid. These can absorb from 9 grams up to 12 grams.
For those heavy days, super plus absorbency tampons are available for you and it can hold 12-15 grams of fluid.
Ultra absorbency tampons can absorb 15-18 grams of menstrual fluid. Use this only when there really is very strong menstrual flow. However, check with your doctor to make sure that this flow is natural and doesn't indicate any disorder.
Tampon Sizes in the UK
Tampon sizes in the UK are based on the same absorbency levels as those available in the US but they just have different naming conventions. It would be good to familiarize yourself with their tampon sizes to get the right one in case you need it. Light tampons are the same as the US junior tampons; regular tampons and super (sometimes super plus in the UK) tampons are the same in both regions; super plus extra is the same is the US super plus absorbency tampons.
Be careful of using the bigger sized tampons for light menstrual flow days. You would want to avoid getting Toxin Shock Syndrome (TSS) which can come from improper use and hygiene during your period.
Regardless of where you are, it is important to know and understand the usual flow of your monthly period when purchasing tampons and getting the right tampon size for your need. Though there are tampon sizes bigger than the ones mentioned above, it would be good to consult your gynecologist or family doctor when the flow of your menstrual period is too strong.


Tampon Insertion Instructions and Tips


Tampon insertion for the first time can be a tense situation. Fortunately, it is not nearly as tricky as it may seem and you will find relaxing leads to a much easier insertion the first time around. The easiest time to insert a tampon is during the heaviest part of your period. This allows it to more easily glide without causing any discomfort.

Reading the included instructions is a must for those inserting a tampon for the first time. The basic instructions will provide a better idea how to hold and insert it.

After washing your hands and holding the tampon applicator in your writing hand, hold the end of the tampon where the string is hanging. The string side is used to push the tampon in. The applicator should be pointed toward your vagina with the finger ridges from the tube placed in your hand.

Use your free hand to separate the skin in front of the vaginal opening. Begin to insert the applicator end of the tampon. Push the applicator gently until it is inside the large tube so that it pushes the tampon in and out of the tube. Release the tube and let the strings hang free. You can now remove both tubes at the same time.

The applicator can be flushed or thrown in the trash depending on the manufacturer specifications. The strings can be used to remove the tampon when you are ready. Used tampons can be flushed down the toilet. If you notice any discomfort after trying to insert the tampon, it is possible you have not inserted it far enough. Try the steps again with a new tampon to make sure it is done correctly.


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