Yes, you can wear a tampon to sleep but you need to follow these 3 rules!
1. Change your tampon at least once every 6 to 8 hours
The first thing you need to do when you get up is to change your tampon or take out your tampon and put on a pad. Remember to set your alarm so you don’t wake up too late!
2. Tampons can only be worn when you have a flow
If you’re expecting your period but haven’t started bleeding yet then you need to wear a pad and not a tampon.
3. Use the lightest absorbency needed for your flow.
You also need to use the right tampon for your flow. This means if you have a regular flow, use a regular absorbency tampon. If you have a light flow but only have heavy absorbency tampons then do not use the heavy tampons and use a pad instead.
Why should I follow these rules?
It's for your own safety!
Aside from getting up just in case you leak, these rules are in place to lower your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Tampons are different from pads in that they are worn inside your body. When 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. For example, wearing a heavy absorbency when you have a light flow can increase your risk for TSS.
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