We’ve all heard the horror stories about that one time…with this one friend of yours…but the good news is, tampons aren’t really as scary as people make them out to be. As long are you’re using them properly and changing them regularly–you should be in the clear. Here are some of our favorite tampon myths, busted, thanks to the handy inter-web.
Myth 1: If you use a tampon, you’re no longer a virgin.
FALSE: Hopefully we don’t need to tell you that penises and tampons are very different. Even in the very rare case that your hymen did tear from using a tampon, this does not mean you’re no longer a virgin.
Myth 2: Tampons can get lost in your body.
FALSE: Your cervix, the opening at the back of the vagina is too small to let a tampon through, and the walls of your vagina are also holding your tampon in place. Relax, it’s not going anywhere!
Myth 3: You can’t exercise when you’re on your period.
FALSE: You can absolutely exercise while you’re on your period and in fact, exercise–especially stretching–may ease the pain of PMS and cramping.
Myth 4: You can’t wear a tampon overnight.
FALSE: You can wear a tampon overnight, as long as you change it before bed and right when you wake up. Your flow is lighter while you’re sleeping, because your body is horizontal, so you shouldn’t have any issues.
Myth 5: Everyone knows when you’re on your period.
FALSE: Unless your announcing the arrival of your period every month, really no one should be able to tell that you are menstruating.
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