Why are tampons used?
The word ‘tampon’ is French and is literally translated as ‘plug’. This one word already says a lot. Tampons are approximately five centimeter rods which are about the same thickness as a finger and made of compressed viscose. They are inserted into the vagina where they collect the menstrual blood directly. Since the blood therefore remains inside the body, it does not cause any contamination of the external genitalia or any unpleasant odor build-up.
Please read through the leaflet carefully before use so that you can use this practical hygiene item carefree.
How are tampons used?
Here you will receive a step-by-step guide for good-bye tampons:
Important: Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using tampons. Tampons are always inserted with the round end facing upwards so that the light blue removal cord remains hanging outside the body.
This is how to insert the tampon:
Hold the tampon at the round end with one hand and remove the protective film at the bottom - where the blue removal cord is- by moving the film back and forth with the other hand. Then pull apart the threads which have been rolled together. Now insert the tip of your index finger into the slot at the bottom of the tampon (where the removal cord is also located) and remove the remaining part of the protective film. Now try to relax and find the most relaxed position possible (tip: you could, for example, put a foot on the toilet bowl rim). Using light pressure, insert the tampon as far as possible into the vagina, first upwards and then on a slant toward the back. If you can no longer feel the tampon then it is inserted properly. If this does not work right away, do not despair! Beginners in particular need a little practice.
Caution: Please be sure to always remove the used tampon before inserting a fresh one!
How to remove the tampon:
Remove the tampon by gently pulling on the removal cord. If the tampon cannot be removed easily, it is probably not full enough. Tampons can be removed most easily when they are soaked. In this case, you should wait until it is full. Please remember that a tampon should not remain inside the body for longer than eight hours. Perhaps you could use a smaller-sized tampon the next time.
Be sure to remove the last tampon at the end of your period!
Matter of practice: Inserting a tampon
Menstruation occurs every four weeks
The very first menstruation reveals that puberty has arrived. It normally begins between 10 and 14 years of age. This indicates that the person is now of childbearing age.
And here is what is happening in the body:
At the beginning of the menstrual cycle, hormones cause the uterine lining to build itself up in order to accept a fertilized egg. Ovulation occurs around the middle of the cycle. This means that a single egg cell is released from the ovary and travels to the uterus. If it is fertilized, it attaches itself there. If it remains unfertilized, the body sheds the “unneeded” uterine lining. This is exactly what happens during menstruation. Menstruation cleans the uterus and prepares it once again for a possible pregnancy. Every month for about 40 years.
Unfortunately, menstruation may often be accompanied by cramps, especially on the first day. A hot water bottle, quiet and perhaps medication which should be recommended by a gynecologist can help counteract these cramps. A small consolation: menstrual pain decreases dramatically as a rule after the first pregnancy.
Menstruation lasts between three and seven days. The length of time and severity can vary greatly during the years of sexual maturity. One menstrual cycle lasts between 23 and 35 days. The average length is 28 days. Stress or travelling can shift this rhythm quite quickly. Bleeding is generally often still irregular for young girls. This is also the case for older women whose cycles change during menopause until the period ends at about 52 years of age.
Tampons & young girls
The first bleeding means a new stage in life for young girls. It is a stage which they must get used to. This is also the case for the body. Menstruation is irregular at the beginning. It normally takes several months until the cycle finds its rhythm and one can actually get pregnant. Tampons may be used from the beginning however. It is best for young girls to experiment and find out what suits them best: tampons or pads. The insertion of tampons needs to be practiced and one should always begin with MINIS, the smallest size.
Tips: As a young girl, you should try tampons out on the day in which your bleeding is relatively strong. Inserting a tampon into a dry vagina can be unpleasant and may not work very well. If you are afraid that there might be some leakage, you can use a pad or panty liner for extra security. After a while, you will become more familiar with your cycle and will be able to judge the extent of bleeding better and know when you have to change your tampon.
Tampons are certainly more practical than pads during sports, for example.
Which tampon size is right for me?
Young girls should always begin with the smallest tampon size. Later on, the required absorption capacity depends on how heavy the bleeding is. As a rule, you should always use the smallest possible tampon size for your needs. A tampon which is too big can lead to vaginal dryness. The bleeding decreases during the course of the period. Therefore, a supply of different tampon sizes is recommended.
Tampons & Sports
Tampons are ideal for ease of movement and while you are playing sports. They do not bother you and make you feel more secure. Tampons enable you to continue to do any activity you wish, for example, riding, dancing or gymnastics. They are essential while swimming. It is impossible to go swimming wearing a sanitary pad.
Tip: During the first two days of menstruation you should ‘take it easy’, especially if this time is accompanied by menstrual complaints.
Tampons & Birth
Tampons are taboo for at least six to eight weeks after giving birth. The reason for this is that the uterine wall has to heal first. The post-birth vaginal discharge takes care of cleaning out the „baby cave“ tissue. This tissue has to flow out freely so that it does not cause infection in the uterus. Sanitary pads are best for this purpose. In the first days after the birth, the maternity ward generally hands out especially thick sanitary pads.
Ask your gynecologist during your follow-up appointment about whether you will be allowed to use tampons again during your next period. If you are breastfeeding, normal menstruation does not occur again for a longer period of time.
Tampons & Menopause
Menstruation is often more intense during menopause. In this case, using a stronger tampon size is recommended.
TSS – Toxic Shock Syndrom
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is serious but fortunately rare. This infectious disease is usually caused by the staphylococcus aureas bacteria and was discovered among tampon users at the end of the 1970s. Background: At that time, heavily absorbent tampons were used which remained in the body for a longer time resulting in rapid bacteria multiplication.
Prevention: In order to prevent TSS, it is important to use the smallest tampon size possible and to change tampons regularly; every four to six hours. As a rule, tampons should be used for a maximum of eight hours!
You should also be able to recognize the typical signs of TSS because the disease must be treated quickly with antibiotics. The characteristic symptoms are: a sudden high fever (over 39°C), diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, sore throat, headache, sunburn-like rash, dizziness and fainting spells. At the beginning, the infection is flu-like and the symptoms can occur very rapidly.
If you notice one or more of these warning signs during menstruation, remove your tampon immediately and contact your doctor. Tell the doctor that you are menstruating, using tampons and afraid that you might have TSS. In the worst case scenario, untreated TSS can cause death.
PMS – the days before the days
One third of all women know the difficulties of the “days before the days”. Symptoms are indeed different in each case. Some women suffer from swollen legs and others from swollen breasts while many others become irritable and depressed. The typical signs occur one to two weeks before menstruation and rapidly disappear again with the onset of bleeding. Scientists presume that this phenomenon is instigated by a hormonal imbalance. The medical term for this is premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The good news is many natural healing herbs are grown which counter PMS. Monk’s Pepper is an effective remedy. This ancient healing plant should be taken as a tea. This is also true for the sun plant, St. John’s wort, which is known for its mood-lifting effects.
Furthermore, you can increase your feelings of wellness by improving your diet. We recommend high fiber foods containing a lot of magnesium, zinc and vitamin B as well as unsaturated fatty acids. This can be found in saltwater fish, flaxseed oil, olive oil, linseed oil and safflower oil. If you are prone to water retention, you should switch to a low-salt diet and take regular rice days. You should also try to avoid caffeine, white sugar and animal fats whenever possible. Taking care of your psychological well-being is also important. Stressful situations such as difficulties at work or in a relationship can exacerbate the symptoms. Let your soul relax occasionally with relaxation exercises such as autogenic training.
Please note that our tips are for informative purposes only and can never replace medical advice. This information cannot be used to make a diagnosis or to carry out treatment. If you are unsure, consult with your gynecologist and attend regular medical examinations!