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The most common questions about tampon usage
• Virginity: A girl can only lose her virginity by having sexual intercourse. The hymen is a membrane that stretches across the vaginal opening and is often thought to be a sign of virginity. Many people think that inserting a tampon will cause trauma, but that is not true. The fact is that hymen stretches naturally. If it completely blocks the girl's vaginal opening, menstrual fluid cannot leave her body, which is not good at all.
• Lost tampon: Some girls are afraid the tampon will be lost somewhere inside. That is not possible, because there is no place for it to go. The tampon has to stay in the vagina, which is a blind sac only 3 to 5 inches long. There is an opening from your vagina to your uterus through your cervix, but it is smaller than a head of a pin. That is much too small for a tampon to squeeze through.
• Toxic dioxin: Maybe you have heard people talk about tampons containing toxic amounts of dioxin. That is not true. You should know that the term dioxin refers to a number of related chemical compounds. State-of-the-art testing of tampon fibers that can even detect trace amounts of dioxin has shown that dioxin levels are at or below the detectable limits, posing no risk at all for tampon users' health.
• Bleached tampons: Many girls are wondering if it is necessary for materials used to make tampons to be bleached. The fact is that tampons sold in the U.S. are made of cotton, rayon, or a blend of both. Rayon is made of fibers derived from wood pulp, which contain impurities that may inhibit absorption. Therefore, a bleaching process is necessary and the new tampon production methods include an elemental chlorine-free bleaching process that uses dioxin-free agents such as hydrogen peroxide.
Contrary to what some people think, the white color is simply a result of the purification process, not an appearance goal.
• Excessive bleeding due to tampons usage: The question whether some companies use asbestos in their tampons to promote excessive menstrual bleeding in order to sell more product is a serious one. However, that is not true. There is no evidence of asbestos ever being used in any American manufactured tampon, nor any reports regarding increased menstrual bleeding following prolonged tampon use. The FDA reviews the materials and factories that create tampons marketed in the U.S. Asbestos is not an ingredient associated with any fibers used to make tampons you could find on the market.
• Tampons stop menstrual flow: This is not true as well, since menstrual flow is the result of discharge of tissue and blood from inside of the uterine cavity. Usage of tampons does not stop the flow of menstrual fluid and has no effect on the release of fluid from the uterus as some might think. A tampon is designed to absorb fluid while still in the vagina so the tampon will become saturated and leaking will occur should more fluid be released than can be absorbed by the tampon. Rate of the flow is not affected by the tampon the same as it is with pads.
• More than one tampon: While it may be physically possible to wear two tampons at one time, it is not necessary and it is not recommended.
• Lubricating tampon: This is not necessary since most women have enough natural lubrication to insert a tampon, and menstrual fluid also provides lubrication. If the tampon size is appropriate for the amount of the flow, additional lubrication should not be necessary. High absorbency tampons are only recommended when the flow is heavy and you should switch to lower absorbency tampons on lighter days. If you wish to use lubricant, you could apply a very small amount of water-soluble lubricant only on the tip of the tampon. Too much lubrication will interfere with the absorbency of the tampon. K-Y brand lubricating jelly is ideal for this purpose, but do not use products such as petroleum jelly or other lotions and creams not intended for vaginal use.