So, how long can I leave my tampon in?
You should only use a tampon for up to 8 hours. So if you’re about to hit the sheets and are planning to sleep with a tampon in, first be sure to put in a new one, and then remove it as soon as you’re done with your beauty sleep.
If you’re super exhausted and think you’ll sleep longer than that, you should wear a pad instead. If you’re worried about tampon timing because you’ve heard of TSS, learn more about it here: Toxic Shock Syndrome.
How often should I change my tampon?
It’s really important to choose the lowest absorbency necessary for your menstrual flow. And because your flow varies from day to day, it’s likely that you’ll need to use different absorbencies on different days of your period. Figuring out absorbency can be confusing at first. But let’s make it easy—if you take your tampon out and there’s still white showing, use a lower absorbency tampon next time. If it leaked through to your undies, you may want to move to a higher absorbency.