How many of you have seen the advertisements for tampons? A handful of you I believe, whereas all of you might have seen the advertisements for sanitary napkins more than once. The Tampons have a bad reputation and this is due to the various tampon myths that have been spread among women, especially in India.
In India, almost 80% among rural women don’t even use sanitary napkins either because of their non affordability or non availability, whereas among women living in cities, most of them use sanitary napkins but even many of them are unaware of tampons. Those who are aware, don’t use them because of the various tampon myths they believe to be true. But I believe tampons are very comfortable to use. They are easy to carry, you don’t have to worry about getting your clothes stained and the best thing I like about them is, you can do any kind of activity during your period, be it swimming, dancing (this being my favorite) or anything else.
So Ladies, here are some of the tampon myths that you thought were true.
Tampons can make you lose your virginity: This is the probably biggest reason why girls won’t use tampons because they think that if they use tampons, they might lose their virginity. “The Indian Society” do not approve the tampon usage for the girls, but if you are married, it is completely fine with them if you decide to use tampons.
But don’t worry girls, this is just a myth! Your virginity won’t get lost. Yes, it can break the hymen (this is very rare) and in some cultures, broken hymen is considered as a sign to validate a girl’s virginity, but there can be many reasons for hymen breakage like excessive exercise, cycling and gymnastics. If you never had sex, you are a virgin!
It pains really bad when you insert the tampon: This is just an another myth. Yes! It can be difficult to insert if you are using it for the first time, but it really doesn’t hurt the way some women think it does. You just need to follow the instructions properly. Once you get familiar with the technique to use it, you get comfortable with them and it doesn’t hurt. So! If pain was the reason you were afraid of, say goodbye to it and go on, try a tampon.You can buy them here.
Tampons will come out, when you don’t want them to: This is not true. Tampons are designed in a way to fit your vaginal opening properly. They have a string, which hangs out of the vagina and it is used to pull out the tampon. Just be careful with that string.
I was once watching this American TV show “Awkward”. The actress in that show, she got into this awkward situation (as the name of the show suggests) because of the string flashing out of the clothes that she was wearing. After that, I pay a little extra attention to the string business. I mean, that can be quite embarrassing and nobody likes to be laughing stock.
Moreover, sometimes the string can break off the tampon and then you may face trouble removing the tampon. In case it happens, don’t worry! Be patient and remove it with your fingers carefully.
Tampons are dangerous to health: This is also one of the major concerns that restrict women from using a tampon.
See, we’re talking about inserting a thing down there. The vagina is very sensitive and is prone to get affected easily. So, anything that is used there will become the matter of discussion just like tampons are because of the material they are made of. To absorb the blood, they contain some amount of the plastics and other materials which may cause health issues. But this has not been proved yet. Some say they are fine to use, some say they are not.
Well! Both tampons and sanitary napkins can cause some problems one way or the other. For instance, they both contain plastic materials and dioxin (it is used to bleach them, to make them white) which can be harmful for the body. But practically, they both are pretty safe to use.
Although, there are some of the things that lie in our hands to avoid the health issues.
- Wash your hands properly before and after you use the tampon.
- Use the tampon according to your flow. If you use high soaking capacity tampons when you don’t need them, it can cause TSS (Toxin shock syndrome).
- Don’t use tampons to absorb anything other than menstrual blood. For example, don’t use them to absorb the white fluid discharge or anything else.
- Do not use scented tampons. Scents can cause irritations down there.
- Change the tampon after 4-6 hours. If you don’t do this, the chances of contracting the bacterial infections get quite high.
Take good care on your part and you’re good to go!
Tampons vs. sanitary napkins: Tampons have a better soaking capacity as compared to sanitary napkins. My grandmother used to tell me that she had to use a piece of cloth under the sanitary napkin to manage the heavy menstrual blood flow. At that time, there wasn’t much awareness about tampons thus using a piece of cloth was the best she could do. Trust me! Tampon is a blessing if you have a heavy flow. Also, you don’t have to worry about the period smell with a tampon, can wear any type of underwear you want, can go to swimming during your period. So! Go ahead and use your first tampon (if you haven’t used one yet) and share your experience with us (write to us at [email protected]).
Tampons can get lost inside your vagina: If you are using them for the first time, you can face some difficulty, but once you get used to it, you will get comfortable with it but it would never get lost in your vagina. You just need to be a little bit more careful while using a tampon. For example, If you have sex with your tampon on, it may get pushed into the vaginal canal and you may face pain and difficulty removing it, but it won’t get past your cervix as it is a very small opening. Just be careful and if you forget to remove it before sex then don’t worry! Tampon won’t get lost inside your body.
Tampon is a recent invention: This was a myth for me as well. Did you know that in 15 CE, Egyptian women used tampons made from paper? Some even used tampons made from grass, ferns and plants. Just imagine, how itchy and uncomfortable that would have felt. We are lucky to be born in 21st CE.
You have to remove your tampon if you have to pee: When I suggested my friend to use tampons because she gets heavy bleeding, this was the very thing she was concerned about. Tampon is inserted into the vaginal opening and it has nothing to do with your urinary opening.
Girls usually prefer to change it after they pee because of the string, it may get wet while you pee and that can be quite uncomfortable for some people. I usually hold the string against my thigh, this way it doesn’t get wet when I pee. You can do this or even if it gets wet, just clean it with toilet paper or any other tissue paper.
If you think, wet string will cause infections and health problems, Well! There are very rare chances of this. But it’s okay to be concerned. You can change your tampon after you pee (if the string gets wet) and you’re all good!
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