Tampon DOs and DON’Ts

It's almost that time of the month again. Have you decided that tampons are the best sanitary product for you? Here’s all you need to know about using tampons:


  • Wash your hands before and after putting a tampon in.
  • Read the instructions inside the box on how to use a tampon.
  • Change your tampon after swimming. The string can absorb chlorine and other chemicals that can make you sick.
  • Pull the tampon by the string when you are removing it.
  • A dry tampon can cause damage to the vagina walls, so remove the tampon when it is wet.
  • Always keep new tampons dry before you use them.


  • Don’t leave a tampon in for too long.
  • Don’t use high absorbency (e.g. super) tampons all the time. Use a light flow tampon on the days when your period is light.
  • Don’t forget to take the last tampon of your period out.
  • Don’t use a tampon to absorb discharge that is not your period.
  • Don’t use more than one tampon at a time (yes, it's happened!).
  • Don’t flush the used tampon down the toilet – use lady bins.

Remember, if the plastic cover of the tampon is damaged, don’t use it, because bacteria may be inside. The risk isn’t worth it, because your vagina is precious! For more information about your vagina, check out this article: How to keep your vagina healthy.

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