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How to tell when to change your tampon

How to tell when to change your tampon

Tampon Tips:
How to tell when you need to change your tampon
how to take out a tampon

You’ll feel wet down there

That’s the feeling of your period leaking! It’s always a great idea to wear a panty liner with your tampon just in case to catch leaks.

If you have a very heavy flow and only have a regular tampon, then you may want to wear a heavy absorbency panty liner or even a pad instead. Leaks are usually heavier when you have a heavy flow. Wearing a tampon is if you think you will be in a situation where you will not get the opportunity to change your tampon such as a long hike, a long exam, or meeting.

It slides out easily when you tug on the string

Every time you use the toilet, give your tampon string a light tug. If the tampon seems to move or slide out easily then that means the tampon is fully saturated and ready to be changed!

You see some blood on the string

Usually this is a sign that you’ve just caught your tampon before it leaks! Give the string a tug and you should find that it’s ready to be changed :).

Sometimes you may find that the tampon isn’t ready to be changed or that the tampon isn’t fully saturated yet. Your tampon may look like it’s only absorbed period on one side and then started to leak out. If this is the case, it’s ready to be changed anyways since it’s already leaking.

Don’t want to risk a leak? Just check anyways

Maybe you’ve decided to wear your super hot white pants on a heavy flow and really don’t want to risk a leak ;). Whatever the case may be, just check your tampon every hour or every chance you get to use the bathroom.


Remove your tampon immediately if…

Using tampons puts you at risk of contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The following is a list of TSS symptoms but only one or two symptoms may occur:

  • Sudden fever (usually 102°F or more)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Red rash that looks like sunburn on any part of your body
  • Dizziness or feeling faint when standing upUsing tampons puts you at risk of contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). These are TSS symptoms but only one or two symptoms may occur.
When you become more familiar with your body, you will find a method that works best for your flow and the tampon you are using.

About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!

36 comments

  1. I have a question. I’m 14 and I’ve used tampons a few times. For some reason when I used regular tampons, I can feel it inside as to when I used super tampons, I can’t feel it all? Why is that? I’m using the U by Kotex compact tampons by the way. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Gigi,

      That’s weird. What does it feel like? Is it painful? Can you feel with your finger if it is inside high enough?

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The PEriod BLog

  2. Help!!!! I’m 12. I’m going swimming and my flow is generally medium. How often should I change my tampon. Should I wear a pantyliner as well. Please help I’m really confused.

    • Hi em!

      If you are going swimming with a tampon – just change it when it feels wet down there. You may even feel that your tampon has absorbed some period water and that is totally normal! As long as you are not leaking then you will be fine :). Normally you should change your pad at around the 4, 5 or 6 hour mark but you are probably not swimming that long. I would recommend you just change your tampon or switch to a pad once you’re done swimming.

      You don’t have to wear a panty liner when you’re swimming. Panty liners and pads are only for non-swimming :). I hope that helps em! If you have more questions, just post them here!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  3. i mean how oftern should i change my tampoon i know its not necessary to swim with pads,ow! yesterday i went swimming but i had mestrual cramps i managed to stay in water for 3 hours ,im using irregular tampoons

  4. if i have a light flow but i want to go swimming how oftern dhould i change my pad

    • Try when your done swimming if you start feeling wet down their before you’re done then that might mean you need to change it then

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