How to use a digital tampons? How often should you change your tampon?

When starting your period it can be a little overwhelming, with the limited sexual health class you receive at school usually consisting of your teacher putting a tampon into a glass of water to show how they expand does not really equip you for when your first bleed.

Everyone uses some form of sanitary products however the only information ready available is on the box of the tampons and let’s face it when you start bleeding you want to be equipped and not sitting on a toilet trying to figure it out searching you tube videos!

So, where do you start? That’s what we’re here to help you with:
1. First get to know your products

The tampon is a small cylinder that fits inside the vaginal canal, at Albany Mae they are made with 100% organic cotton however more conventional brands can be made with rayons and plastic. The material is compressed and expands when wet.

The tampon has a string that is attached to the bottom and this will extent outside of the vagina so you can pull it for removal.
2. How do insert the digital tampon

Firstly wash your hands, then you remove the wrapper surrounding the tampon where the organic cotton will be exposed.

Pull on the string so that it is fully extended then insert the tampon to the vagina using your finger leaving the remainder of the string outside of the vagina. Some people will tuck the string into the labia if they are wearing tight clothing or going swimming however this is totally up to you!

It might take some getting used to, especially if it’s your first time. If the tampon is in the correct position, it probably won’t feel like anything. A too-shallow tampon will be super uncomfortable—you may even feel the cotton edge at the entrance to the vagina. The key thing is that you should feel like you have it in!
3. How long should you leave your tampon in?

You should change your tampon at least every eight hours to avoid developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). If you find yourself bleeding through a tampon before 4 hours, you might want to try a thicker absorbency.

If you are worried about leaving it in too long set a reminder on your phone every 4 hours so you can check whether it is time to change. On your first couple of days on your period you might have a heavier flow than the others and therefore a thicker absorbency might be recommended ( also can use one of our mix boxes so you don’t have to buy two!!)

4. What do you do with a used tampon?

With your used tampon you should NOT FLUSH IT, most public toilets will have a sanitary bin which you can put it in or you can dispose of it in a bin. Remove the tampon and you can wrap it in toilet roll and then dispose of it when you can. Flushing it down the toilet can cause your pipes to be blocked and unless you want an expensive plumbing bill best to throw it away!

Albany mae's organic tampons are also compostable so you can totally recycle them!

5. Do you need to change your tampon when showering or swimming?

This is a complete myth, you do not need to change your tampon after you swim or shower, if it is up to 4 hours and time to then go for it but otherwise you will be fine!

PS this also is the same when you pee!
If you ever feel consistent pain or unusual symptoms after inserting or removing your tampon, consult a doctor. There might be something else going on that requires medical attention.