Time to Cotton on
- Wash your hands and get into a comfortable position.
- You can squat, put one leg up, or sit on the toilet with your knees apart.
- Push the tampon into your vagina using your finger.
- To remove, tampons have a string at one end that hangs out of your vagina. Take the tampon out by gently pulling the string.
- Wrap used tampons in toilet paper and throw them away in the trash — do not flush them.
- It’s best to change your tampon every 4-6 hours. Don’t leave your tampon in for more than 8 hours.
- You can wear a tampon overnight, but put it in right before bed and change it as soon as you get up in the morning.
- It’s easier to take your tampon out when it’s wet from absorbing the max amount of period flow it can.
This is serious
Prolonged use of a tampon can cause an illness called toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is really rare, but dangerous. If you’re using a tampon and have vomiting, a high fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, sore throat, dizziness, faintness or weakness, and a sunburn-type rash, take the tampon out and consult a doctor right away. To help prevent TSS, use the lowest absorbency tampon you can and change your tampon every 4-6 hours or as often as needed.