Tampon Facts, Definition, and Questions
What exactly are tampons? The simple definition of a tampon is ais a soft, absorbent cotton or rayon-based product that helps protect against leaks. Unlike pads, which are worn on your undies, tampons are actually worn inside your body.
Why do girls love them? Because they actually help stop leaks before they ever leave your body. By catching your flow earlier, there’s less chance for an accident, which means you can have more confidence to do what you want – even go swimming!
If it’s your first time using a tampon, you might want to start with one that’s really smooth and slim, like Tampax Pearl Active Lites. This tampon has a 20% slimmer* plastic applicator with an ultra smooth, rounded tip, making the insertion process way easier.
Do Tampons Hurt?
You’re probably wondering, do tampons hurt? Nope! If tampons do hurt or if you do feel slight pain, it’s probably because you’re a little nervous, and that’s totally normal. Just take a deep breath and try to be as chill as possible. When your muscles are relaxed, the process is much easier.
If you have a little discomfort after inserting the tampon, there’s a good chance it’s because you didn’t put it in far enough. No biggie. You can either use your finger to insert it further or simply remove it and try again!
When your tampon’s inserted properly, you’ll know because you won’t feel a thing!
For more info on How To Use a Tampon, check out our step-by-step guide.
5 Tampon Facts You Never Knew
Tampons have come a long way since Dr. Earle Hass patented the first modern tampon. Since then a lot has change, so we took the time to compile a quick list of tampon fun facts that will have you feeling lucky to live in modern times!
- Early tampons were made out of weeds, wool, and papyrus
- Some American and European women used line diapers to stop their flow before WWI.
- Up to the 1970s, tampons and menstruation were rarely discussed in public to preserve a woman’s modesty.
- The average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her life!
If you’re interested in more tampon facts, information, or have additional questions, check out Tampon Myths Busted.
*vs. Tampax Pearl Regular