These days, more women prefer tampons to pads since they’re less visible underneath their clothing, but the drawback is that you must be twice as careful while wearing them. Along with the convenience comes additional responsibilities, Don’t become complacent when it comes to your tampon use.
Not taking the proper precautions can lead to serious health problems, including a urinary tract infection (UTI) and toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is a rare but potentially fatal condition which can be caused by prolonged use of superabsorbent tampons becoming infected with Staph or Strep bacteria. The decrease in incidence is due to public awareness, with resultant early detection, removal of super absorbant tampons from the market and antibiotic use.
However, there is a great deal of unhealthy habits that act as precursors to TSS. Whether you’re a newbie to tampons or you’ve been wearing them your whole life, here are five big no-no’s:
1. Not changing your tampon after you urinate or have a bowel movement. Here’s the deal: If the string picks up any bacteria, it could enter the urethra, which can lead to infection. You can always hold the string while using the restroom so that it doesn’t become soiled.
2. Not washing your hands before inserting your tampon. You wouldn’t not clean your hands before preparing dinner or eating lunch or touching your eyes, right? Well, the same goes for down there
3. Not changing your tampon throughout the day. Even if you have a light flow, your tampon should still be changed every couple hours to prevent bacteria from breeding.
4. Forgetting to take it out. We’ve all heard those stories where a woman totally forgets she’s wearing a tampon. Forgetting to remove your tampon can cause vaginal discharge with a pungent odor and if unlucky, major urinary tract infections . Never forget to take out your tampon even if you have to set a reminder using your phone.