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How often should you change your tampon?

Tampon Tips and Advice

Luna and Cookie of The Period Blog icon If you're new to tampons, it can be a little tricky to know when to change your tampon or how often you should change it.

Here are some expert tips to get you started with confidence!

Remember these 3 things when you think about how often you should change your tampon:


1. You should be changing your tampon every 3 to 5 hours



how-often-change-tampon If you find that your tampon is getting full or starts to leak at the 1 or 2 hour mark, then you may want to consider switching to a higher absorbency.

For example if you are wearing a regular absorbency tampon and your start to leak at the 2 hour mark, change to a heavy absorbency tampon. It should last you longer to the 3 or 5 hour mark

2. Tampons must be changed at least every 6 to 8 hours

6-hour-clock The same tampon can be worn for at most 6 to 8 hours so remember what time you put in your tampon.

Make a mental note or set a reminder on your phone to change your tampon in 6 hours.

Your tampon should be saturated by then and if it isn't, then switch to a lower absorbency tampon.

3. You should be changing your tampon every 3 to 5 hours

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Tampons are different from pads in that they are worn inside your body. Tampons change the environment of your vagina by absorbing not only your period but the natural and healthy fluids in your vagina.

When this happens, it provides a good environment for bad bacteria to grow including the bacteria that causes TSS.

Your risk of TSS is greater when you wear the wrong absorbency for your flow (ie. wearing a heavy absorbency tampon when you have a light flow).

How often do you change your tampon? Share your answers in the comments section below!

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