This is something that even sometimes I’m even unsure of but over the years I have learned a couple tricks and I’ll share them with you in this blog post!
4 Tips to help you tell when to change your tampon:
- You will feel a bit wet down there from leaking. Wear a pantiliner or pad to catch these leaks.
- Use the toilet frequently like every hour or so, however frequent you are comfortable with. Change your tampon when there is blood on the string.
- Give the string a light tug. If it is fully saturated, it will slide out very easily when you pull. (Don’t worry! It’s not going to just fall out!) Some girls prefer this method but I personally don’t use this method because I find the first two are better indicators of a saturated tampon.
- Take mental note of the time you put in the tampon. Once you are more familiar with your body and your period flow, you will start to get an idea of how long it will take to fill up a tampon.
The longest you can wear a tampon
The longest you can wear a tampon is 8 hours. This means even if you are sure your tampon is not fully saturated, you must change your tampon anyways. This is because wearing the same tampon for longer than 8 hours will put you at higher risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome. If your tampon isn’t fully saturated by 8 hours, I would recommend you change to a lighter absorbency or switch over to a pad.
What I usually do…
Usually, I usually check after 3 hours of use. I check to see if there are any leaks and if there is any blood on the string. If there is any then I know it’s time to change. If there isn’t any then I know I’m good and I’ll check again in an hour or two. I usually aim to wear a tampon for 4-5 hours. If I have to change at the 3 hour mark then I usually change to a tampon with a higher absorbency. If I still don’t have to change at the 6 hour mark, I switch to a lighter absorbency or just switch over to a pad.
How do you know when to change your tampon? Share with us in the comments section below!