Tampon Myths

When it comes to menstruation there are many myths and misconceptions that simply aren’t true. We’re here to tell you the straight truth regarding tampons, so read on to clear your mind.

Q:   Can a tampon be pushed too far inside my body?
A:   No, The opening at the end of the vagina, the cervix, is too small to allow a tampon to pass through. It just can’t happen.
Q:   Can a tampon "float away" inside my body?
A:   No. In addition to the cervix being too small, the walls of the vagina hold the tampon in place. The tampon will stay put until you take it out.
Q:   Can I wear my Playtex® tampon overnight?
A:   Absolutely. You can wear a tampon for up to 8 hours, day or night, but keep in mind that you should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours and use the lowest absorbency needed to reduce the risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
Q:   Can I wear a tampon for swimming and playing sports?
A:   You can do anything you wish: swimming, bathing, sports, and more. There’s no slipping or shifting like with a pad. So they’re perfect for active women like you! Read how other women feel about using Playtex® Sport® Tampons for swimming and other sports!
Q:   The first time I tried using a tampon, it was totally uncomfortable. And when I tried taking it out it hurt. Am I someone who can’t use tampons?
A:   Definitely not. Sometimes tampons are inserted incorrectly (usually they’re not in far enough) and they feel weird. The fact that it hurt when you pulled it out is because tampons are designed to expand in your body. When you pull out a dry tampon that’s only been in your vagina a short time, it can be uncomfortable. Next time, give the tampon a chance to absorb some of your menstrual flow. That way it won’t be dry and won’t drag along your delicate vaginal lining.
Q:   I read on the Internet that there are all kinds of toxic chemicals in tampons. Is that true?
A:   We all know how easy it is for the wrong information to get passed on the Internet. However, there are government organizations like Health Canada that have strict requirements for the production of tampons to make sure they are free from any harmful materials.
Q:   Is it safe to flush my tampon?
A:   It is not safe to flush tampons. While tampons are biodegradable in landfills, they will damage septic systems. Tampons do not break down once they are submerged in water, they are made to do the exact opposite. Tampons will not clog the toilet right away, but repeatedly flushing them will build up in plumbing over time. The proper way to discard a used tampon is to wrap it in toilet paper and discard it in a waste receptacle.
Q:   Will a tampon interfere with my active life?
A:   No. With Playtex® Sport® tampons, you can lead your active life any day of the month! Playtex® Sport® tampons were designed to keep up with you even as your activity level increases. And tampons can take you places that pads can't...like swimming.
Q:   Will using a tampon cause me to lose my virginity?
A:   No. You don't have to worry about losing your virginity when using a tampon. You will remain a virgin until you have sexual intercourse.
Q:   How do I choose the right absorbency?
A:   If your flow is light to medium, try regular absorbency. If medium to heavy, try using a super absorbency. Your flow can change during a cycle, so you may find you need to switch absorbencies when it's time to change your tampon. Always use the lowest absorbency you need to control your flow.

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