How Long Can You Wear a Tampon

Learn how often you should be changing your tampon to keep your vagina healthy!

How Long Can You Wear a Tampon?

We’ve all been warned about the risk of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons, but TSS only occurs when you have a left a tampon inside your body for way too long. But how long is too long? We’re here to help.To begin, when selecting a tampon, you always need to use the lowest amount of absorbency for your flow. Meaning that if you can get away with a Regular, don’t use a Super. If you try to go too high with your absorbency, you’ll have that painful, dry feeling when you remove the tampon, and that’s just no fun. It also increases your risk for TSS.

As a rule of thumb, Super Tampons absorb 9-12 grams of menstrual blood and Regular Tampons absorb 6-8 grams. Because you’re not measuring your flow with a tablespoon, you’ll just have to see what works best for your cycle. You may even want to go down to a Light Tampon or a Panty Liner on the last days of your cycle.
Tampons should be changed every 4 to 8 hours throughout your entire period. The exception would be sleeping in a tampon (which is totally fine), but you need to change your tampon right before bed, and as soon as you wake up in the morning. Based on your flow, you may need to change your tampons more frequently, but the 8-hour max is a good number to stick by.

If you start to notice nausea, a rash on your palms or feet, high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, you could be exhibiting early symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Immediately remove your tampon, and call your doctor if you show any of these warning signs.

To be clear, the risk of Toxic Shock affects all tampon users, organic or not. So even if you are using an organic or natural cotton tampon, you still have to make sure that you are changing your tampon regularly. The risk of TSS is not lessened by using organic tampons, so don’t mess around.
You only get one vagina in life, so make sure you’re taking care of it!

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