The use of sanitary pads is more common than Tampon, perhaps because we do it incorrectly, and using tampon in the wrong way may harm us, so we avoid using it in the first place.
You get the tampon plug through your vagina, wait for four to six hours, then you take it out and repeat the procedure, but in the meantime you may feel a tingling or pain and you are sure that it’s not the normal menstrual pain. Honey, I am sorry, but your are using it the wrong way.
Why Your Tampon is Causing Pain?
Before we talk about using tampons, we’ll tell you why it hurts you. “It is never normal to feel pain due to the use of a tampon,” said American obstetrics and gynecologist Susan Gilberg Lenz, for Cosmopolitan magazine. If you put the stopper right, you’ll hardly feel it throughout the day. Are you wondering why you keep putting the stopper wrong? Maybe it’s a lack of understanding of your anatomy and the right angle to insert the stopper (but we’ll talk about this more later).
If you’re wearing the stopper correctly, then good for you. However, there are still many rules to be learned about tampons. For example, do you have to change tampons every time you need to urinate? Yes, this is our opinion (and the opinion of one of the gynecologists we talked to). How about sleeping while you’re wearing a stopper, is that okay? Let’s learn about all the reasons on .why your tampon is causing pain.
1. Using two sealers simultaneously
Ladies with a heavy flow of blood learn what we are talking about. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz says, putting two sealers at once, for further absorption, is never a good idea. “If you need two seals together, you should replace them with one large plug. And if you bleed so badly that the stopper is ineffective with you, then you should go see your doctor.”
2. Sleeping with a tampon inserted
According to Dr. Gilberg Lenz, you bring yourself into trouble (by exposing yourself to infection). Gilberg says it is better to be safe by wearing a sleeping towel. It is a great choice for bedtime as well (if you don’t have a spiral in your womb), it can be kept for up to 12 hours.
3- Not Knowing the Vaginal Anatomy
Using tampons is a great opportunity to learn about anatomy of your body. If you have difficulty inserting the stopper, take some time to look at the anatomical drawings of the vagina, and use a small mirror to guide you.
4- Carrying Them Unsealed in Your Bag
We all went through that moment when we threw a bunch of tampons into our bags as we were about to get out of the house. But we advise you not to. She ends up with her casings torn. Dr. Gilberg Lenz says it’s best to store it in a bag or in a small pocket inside your bag.
5- Using one tampon for a longer time
You must change the tampon at least every 8 hours to avoid TSS, a fatal disease, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine Center. It’s probably easy to forget when you put the last stopper, so if you’re too forgettable, set an alarm four to six hours after you put the stopper to make sure you change it. “If you’re confused whether to put a stopper or not, learn to rely on your index finger or index finger to check if you’re not sure,” says Dr Ross.
6- Not Washing Hands Before Contact
“Washing your hands before any contact with that area helps prevent contamination on the way to settle inside your vagina,” says Alisa Doek, a gynecologist in Westchester, New York City, co-author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.
7- Putting the Stopper Deeper than Recommended
You’ll know this because you’ll feel uncomfortable. The uninserted stopper leaves a feeling of discomfort, Dr. Doek says you may feel the lumbar edge of the stopper at the entrance to the vagina. (You should not feel any pain when inserting the stopper correctly).
8. Not Knowing the Absorption Capacity
Although it is out of question, tampons can cause toxic shock syndrome. Dr. Doek says that high absorption tampons increase the risk of developing TSS according to Mayo Clinic, so it is wise to use them only when you urgently need to stop the heavy flow of blood.
The amount of blood can change from day to day over the course of your menstruation. And while large-sized clogs can help you, on the first and second days of menstruation, it is better to replace them with a normal product or a product with a light absorption in the following days.
It should also be noted that using ultra-absorbent tampons when you have little blood flow can cause vaginal tissue to dry, a view that Luna Prasad, a gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, agrees with. In fact, researchers found that vaginal dehydration is closely related to women who used super-absorbent tampons, according to a study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Bioology. Luna explains that this dehydration can cause ruptures or cracks in the walls of the vagina, increasing the risk of infection.
9- Using the Same Tampon All Day Along
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you should change the tampon every 4-8 hours even with a light flow; this is because the wet stopper makes the vagina a safe and comfortable environment for bacteria to breed. Dr. Doek believes that the longer the stopper is inside your body, the higher the risk of exposure to toxic shock syndrome.
10. Using Tampons to Overcome Secretions
While it is normal to test some secretions in the middle of your cycle (26 to 28 days), you should not take the stoppers during that time.
“If you use tampons to overcome secretions, they can disrupt the growth of healthy vaginal bacteria that produce lactic acid. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, reducing vaginal acidity can allow harmful bacteria to multiply and cause infection,” says Duek. If the secretions are excessive, do not decide to absorb them with a tampon, but come to the doctor for examination.”
11- Using the Stopper For an Extra Day
Because dragging a dry piece of cotton out of a vagina equivalent to dry may be somewhat uncomfortable, Dweek believes you should avoid this unnecessary spare step and use daily liners instead, if you are not sure about the end of your period.
12- Changing The Tampon Everytime You Pee
“From a medical point of view, you don’t have to change the tampon every time you pee, and there’s no scientific evidence that this is harmful to you,” says Dr Doek. But from a practical point of view, who wants to move a wet strand danged from it?”
13- Not Changing the Stopper After a Swim
When you get down the water, the stopper comes down with you. A thread mixed with chlorine, salt water or lake water can irritate the skin if you do not change the stopper quickly, says Doek. The good news that Doek explains is that natural bacteria present in a water body, or even a hot tub, are unlikely to cause infection.
14. Using Tampons with Shredded Casing
Sealer covers are designed to prevent dust, dirt and cosmetic crumbs from entering the bottom of your bag or anywhere else where you store it. Doek says that if the cover is torn, cotton can pick up a bit of rubble that does not belong to your vagina, which may cause irritation.
15. Using Expired Tampons
“The validity date is written on the package for some reason,” says Dr. Sherry Ross, a woman health expert and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Health Period. You do not know what happens with raw materials in the manufacture of sealants and whether they will increase the risk of infection. Even if the packaging is intact and is kept in the right place, you don’t really know what expiration means for the chemical composition of the stopper.”
If you can’t find the expiration date, try to remember the date of purchase, because the date of production of the tampon was more than 5 years ago, get rid of it.
16- Using Scented Tampons
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the bodies of some women can interact with the fragrance found in scented tampons. In the worst case, a woman may experience irritation or desire to itch. That’s why Dr. Doek recommends the use of unscented products.