Do tampons hurt?
They shouldn’t! If you do feel slight pain you’re probably just nervous, which tightens up your muscles. Take a deep breath and try to relax. We recommend starting out with a plastic applicator and a light absorbency tampon like Tampax Pearl Active Lites for the easiest insertion.
If you insert it and it feels uncomfortable, it’s probably because it’s not in far enough. Remove it and insert a new tampon.
When your fingers are on the grip of the tampon, they should touch your skin when you’ve got it right.
Can a tampon get lost inside me?
There’s no such thing as a lost tampon (unless it’s at the bottom of your purse)! The opening at the end of your vagina is only the size of a pencil point, which is way too small for a tampon to fit through. If you think you have a stuck tampon, just relax and use your finger to find the string. Don’t worry, a lost tampon is not going to happen!
What if a tampon gets stuck?
A Tampax tampon can’t really get stuck inside you. If you’re feeling any resistance when you try to remove it, it probably means it’s not time to take it out yet. Wait until the tampon has absorbed more fluid, but never leave it in longer than 8 hours.
What if the withdrawl string breaks?
Luckily, there’s pretty much no chance of that ever happening. The removal cord is sewn up into the core of all Tampax tampons. If it does break, you can use your fingers to reach up and remove the tampon or make an appointment with your doctor.
Can a tampon fall out?
Nope. When properly inserted, the muscles around the entrance to the vagina will hold the tampon in place so it can’t fall out. So, don’t worry!
Do tampons cause yeast infections?
No. Yeast infections usually happen right before your period begins, so girls may mistakenly believe that their tampon is the cause of the yeast infection. But it’s not! Yeast infections are caused by a form of yeast commonly found in the vagina known as Candida. The use of antibiotics, among other things, can be a factor in the development of a yeast infection.
Do scented tampons cause an infection?
We take the health of your body very seriously, so all the materials used in Tampax tampons have been tested over and over. A small number of people may be uniquely sensitive to these materials. If you notice an issue, make sure to see a doctor.
Can tampons leave fibers in my body?
Fibers can come off any tampon, but it’s unlikely. It they do, our bodies know what to do. The natural cleansing process of the vagina removes these fibers within a day or two.
Can tampons cause endometriosis or cancer?
No. Tampon use is widely accepted by doctors for menstrual protection and there is absolutely no scientific evidence that tampons lead to the development of endometriosis or cancer. We regularly review our tampon safety information with independent experts — physicians, nurses and other scientists — to help make sure Tampax remains a menstrual protection product that women can use with confidence.
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