Have you ever worn tampons?

Tampons sound classy while pads sound old school. For a fact, pads are easier to use than tampons. I stand to be corrected. Tampons are made of cotton, rayon, or a blend of the two. They absorb menstrual flow during your period. They have a string extension that hangs outside your vagina for easier removal when the tampon has absorbed enough. It is advisable to have it for a period of between 4-6 hours. 

Ladies, please note that tampons and menstrual cups can not be used without a doctor’s advice. It’s best to seek a doctor’s advice before trying them. A quality tampon depends on its absorbency level, strength, integrity, and whether it enhances the growth of harmful bacteria or changes the normal bacteria levels in the vagina.

Observing hygiene is important when using a tampon. Make sure you clean your hands before and after using the tampon, throw away the tampon after use(don’t reuse it), never flash a tampon in the toilet, throw it in a bin and ensure you don’t stay long in them.

It has been noted that tampons cause a higher risk for fungal, yeast, and bacterial infections. Sometimes staying long in them can lead to toxic shock syndrome which is caused by a toxin produced by some types of staphylococcus bacteria. Its symptoms are as follows: 

  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Rash that looks like sunburn
  • Muscle aches
  • Redness of eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

This can be prevented by observing hygiene measures of using a tampon.

Between a tampon and a menstrual cup, which one can you choose?

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