Yeah, yeah, we know what you’re thinking: ‘They stop us from ruining our fave pants, what more do we need to know?’ There’s actually a whole lot more tampons to than we think. They can even be a bit dangerous.
After wearing a super absorbency tampon for a solid 48 hours, a student developed Toxic Shock Syndrome. It was something we heard a lot about when we first started our periods – the dangers, the causes, the risks, and the unlikeliness of actually developing it – but it’s real and it can be fatal.
The only way to avoid TSS is to know everything there is to know about tampons.
1. Tampons are brilliant for nosebleeds. And gunshots and knife wounds.
They can soak up all kinds of blood and they’re the perfect size for shoving up your nose in an emergency. No tissues? Sorted.
2. They’re taxed as a luxury item.
A luxury. ‘Cos apparently stopping the blood from flowing out of your vagina and destroying your clothes is a luxury. And we guess period cramps are a gift and PMS is a delight.
3. You should change your tampon every 4-8 hours.
It depends on your flow and the absorbency of the tampon – but everything you need to know is on the box. Make sure you read it! it could actually save your life. But if in doubt, go light and change it ever few hours.
4. Religious leaders back in the 40s and 50s believed that tampons could arouse a woman.
Because they clearly knew nothing about women or periods or arousal. At all.
5. Women in Ancient Greece used to use planks of wood lined with lint during their time of the month.
OUCH. We don’t think we’ve ever been more grateful to live in the 21st Century. *crosses legs*
6. Tampons aren’t one size fits all.
You can choose your tampons by applicator, absorbency, size and brand. Make sure the one you’re using fits your body and your cycle.
7. You’ll spend nearly £1200/$1500 on tampons in your lifetime.
LUXURY TAX. What a joke.
8. You’ll use an average of 11,000 tampons in your lifetime.
Could you build a house with that many tampons? Maybe a shed at least? We really want to try…
9. It is impossible to lose a tampon inside you.
Like, biologically impossible. Your cervix is in the way. A wad of cotton can’t beat a wad of bone.
You can now consider yourselves tampon experts. You’re welcome.