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Which tampons are best for me?

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Should I use tampons with cardboard or plastic applicators?

This is totally up to you. Some girls/women like plastic applicators because they find them easier to insert. Others like cardboard as they’re more environmentally friendly. Try both and see which you prefer.

How do I know if I should use tampons or pads?

It’s totally your choice. Some girls and women think Tampax tampons help make their periods easier and less stressful. But it’s up to you. 

What size tampons should I use?

It’s best to use the lowest absorbency tampon you can—while still getting the best protection — and remember to remove it after four to eight hours. The right absorbency tampon will also be the most comfortable. 

Should small women or girls use smaller size tampons?

There’s no medical reason to believe that women who are physically small need a specially designed tampon. Very small women (whether short or thin) can have babies of normal size—this means that their reproductive abilities are normal with respect to size. The absorbency of the tampon you choose should be based on the amount of menstrual flow you have, and not your physical size. 

Should larger  women or girls use larger pads?

Larger women and girls should use larger pads for extra protection, and Always offers a variety of pads in many sizes.

Will I get an allergic reaction if I use scented tampons?

Scented tampons contain a form of perfume. Like any perfume, some people are sensitive to them. Only you will know if this is the case for you!

Will I still be a virgin if I use tampons?

Yes. A virgin is someone who hasn’t had sexual intercourse. It has nothing to do with using tampons. The hymen, a flexible membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening, is usually still intact for girls who haven’t had sexual intercourse. Most girls can slide a tampon in through that same opening that lets menstrual fluid out without affecting the hymen.

Do tampons plug up the flow?

Tampons absorb menstrual fluid in the vagina. Because of the shape of the vagina, they can’t totally "plug up" the flow even before they reach their full absorbency. Think of trying to "cork" an upturned water bottle with a wad of cotton—once the cotton gets soaked, the water will come out. It’s the same with a tampon—once it gets soaked, the menstrual fluid may leak out. But keep in mind that menstrual fluid flows very slowly—just drips at a time.

Do tampons make the vagina get bigger?

There is no medical or anatomical reason to believe that using tampons makes the vagina larger.

Do tampons hurt?

No. If you insert a tampon the right way, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. Tampons are inserted into the vagina through the same opening from which menstrual fluid leaves your body. For just about everybody, this opening is large enough to hold a Tampax tampon comfortably. Follow the instructions given in the package insert carefully—or check the insertion instructions on this web site You’ll see that using Tampax tampons is really easy.

Are some people allergic to tampons?

Before P&G makes a product, the materials are thoroughly tested. But everyone is different, and a small number of people may be sensitive to materials that most people find OK.

Can tampons cause VD (venereal diseases/sexually-transmitted diseases)?

No. Venereal diseases are caused by several varieties of microorganisms. These organisms aren’t present in Tampax tampons. Since the organisms aren’t there, clean tampons can’t cause venereal diseases. 

Can you get AIDS from the use of a tampon?

No, you can’t get AIDS from wearing a clean tampon. AIDS is caused by a virus that does not survive very well outside of the body. It can’t be caught from toilet seats, swimming pools—or tampons. The AIDS virus isn’t spread through casual contact—but through intimate contact with body fluids. It is spread through sexual relations and direct blood-to-blood contact, such as by sharing hypodermic needles.

Does the use of tampons cause ovarian cysts?

There’s no evidence that the use of tampons has any relationship to the development of ovarian cysts.

Do tampons keep clots in the uterus?

Menstrual blood normally clots in the uterus and these clots usually dissolve before passing to the vagina. If a tampon is worn, the clots will either stick to or be absorbed by the tampon and removed when the tampon is taken out.


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