How to Pick the Best Tampon Size for Your Needs

Tampon Size Chart: What’s the Right Size?

The right size of tampon is very important when it comes to menstrual health. For women with regular periods, there are two types of tampons available – disposable and reusable. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Disposable Tampons: These are made from synthetic materials and they’re usually used once and thrown away. They contain chemicals which may cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS) if swallowed or inhaled. There are no disposables available for menopause period. However, some women prefer using these type of tampons because they don’t require any special care after use and they last longer than disposable ones.

Reusable Tampons: Reusable tampons are made from natural materials such as cotton and rayon. They’re easy to clean and they last longer than disposable ones. Some women prefer using them because they’re easier to use than disposable ones.

There are many different brands of tampons available, but here are some of the most popular ones:

What’s the Difference Between Disposable Tampons vs Reusable Tampons?

Disposable Tampons: These are used once and then thrown away; they aren’t washable or reusable. They contain chemicals and fragrances which may cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS) if swallowed or inhaled.

Reusable Tampons: These are used once like regular pads, but can be washed and reused many times before they become worn out.

Some women feel they are more environmentally friendly than other methods of dealing with your period. Some women also claim that they can be more comfortable to use than regular pads or even disposable tampons.

Reusable period pads and tampons have rarely been associated with cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) but, like any product that’s inserted into the vaginal opening, there is still a risk.

When Should I Use a Tampon?

A menstrual cup might be a better choice if:

You want to avoid the risks associated with TSS.

You have a heavy flow.

You want to save money in the long term.

You want more options when it comes to colours and sizes.

You want a product that can be reused.

You’d prefer not to have chemicals next to your vaginal area.

Your flow is light, and you don’t experience any leakage with pads.

You’re comfortable with inserting something into your vaginal area.

How to Choose the Best Tampon: Size, Applicator or No Applicator?

When you’re choosing your tampons, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important thing is to find one that meets your specific needs and that works for your body.

If you’re uncertain about what size or type of product to get, consult your healthcare professional. They will be able to help you find the right product for your body and your period. If, for some reason, your healthcare professional isn’t available, there are a few other things to keep in mind when choosing a product:

Feminine hygiene products come in different sizes and absorbency levels. Your healthcare professional can help you decide which option is best for you.

Avoid scented and coloured tampons because they can irritate the sensitive skin down there.

If you want to use tampons and you’ve never used one before, start with a low-absorbency product. If you find it easy to insert and comfortable to wear, you can gradually try other products until you find the ones that work for you.

Tampons with applicators are easier to insert than the traditional kind.

There are also applicator-free tampons available.

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