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A swab is a piece of absorbent material, usually cotton or gauze, that is used to prevent liquids from entering a hard surface. In gynecology, a specially designed tampon with an applicator is used to be inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual discharge.
For many women, a tampon is still a product that is unsafe to use. This is due to some widespread myths, which gynecologists will debunk in this article. Attention will also be paid to the use of hygiene products in general on critical days.
You cannot use a tampon every day, it is dangerous to health. For example, they are able to block menstrual flow. In fact, medical research has confirmed that a tampon cannot block discharge, and this is supported by simple physics. When the tampon is completely soaked, the liquid begins to either flow through it or flow around the outside. When positioned correctly, the tampon does not interfere with normal discharge, just absorbing it. Therefore, the daily use of this tool on critical days is absolutely safe.
Tampons should not be used at night. Quite the opposite - it is at night that the use of this tool is most effective. Regardless of dreams, body movements, the tampon is always in place, protecting it from leaks. It cannot wrinkle or move like a gasket, so it fulfills its function in any situation. It is necessary to take into account when choosing a tampon that its size depends on the amount of discharge, and not on the time of day. By the way, on the first day, the discharge is more abundant than at the end, but all this, of course, is individual.
Tampons harm the cervix and vagina, and also disrupt its bacterial flora. During critical days, due to menstrual flow, the pH of the vaginal environment changes to the alkaline side. During this period, hormonal and chemical changes in the composition of the environment have a natural effect on the rate of development of bacteria in the vagina. However, doctors and scientists have found that tampons are not involved in this phenomenon. Studies with this product have confirmed that there are no major changes in the vagina or uterus that would be caused by using a tampon. The fact is that these women's formations are quite elastic and adapt very well to new conditions.
The tampon can get lost inside. In fact, this is physically impossible. Even the smallest tampons cannot slip into the uterus, because usually the hole in the cervix is no larger than a pinhead. Do not be afraid that the tampon will be too deep. Following the instructions, the main thing is that the lanyard always remains outside - in this case, it will always be possible to pull out the tampon inside it.
The lanyard can come off the tampon even with little force. During the production process of this hygiene product, the cord is maximally well attached to its absorbent part. The probability of a break is almost zero. If you don't believe it, no one bothers to pull the cord strongly before entering and make sure that it is impossible to tear it off.
After pregnancy and childbirth, it is better to refrain from using tampons for some time. There are no medical prescriptions that would restrict a woman from using tampons after childbirth, since the healing process is purely individual. Pregnancy and subsequent childbirth change the intensity of menstruation, so the final timing of the resumption of intimate life and the ability to use vaginal drugs are determined only by the doctor.
Tampons cannot be used by virgins. According to this myth, a tampon can damage the hymen, which is why many mothers restrict their daughters from using this remedy. In fact, tampons are quite suitable for girls who have not yet had a sex life. Even special studies were carried out, during which two groups of girls were compared. In one of them, the representatives never had sex and did not use tampons, while others did not use them. The results did not show significant differences between the groups of subjects in the structure of the hymen. It should also be noted that the hymen has a natural opening for the passage of menstrual blood and related secretions. When a girl becomes mature, the hymen becomes more elastic, easily stretched. Therefore, nothing interferes with the insertion of the tampon, it is not difficult and does not pose any danger. Of course, to maximize protection and comfort, girls should choose small tampons.
Toxic shock is possible when using a tampon. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare illness that affects men, women, and children. You should not be afraid of this disease, you just need to understand the nature of its occurrence. In fact, menstrual TSS can occur without tampons. The disease occurs due to toxins that are produced by Staphylococcus aureus. Sensitivity to this bacterium varies with immunity and the phase of menstruation. Studies have shown that there is no relationship between the development of the causative agent of this disease and the use of tampons. The disease itself is quite rare, its development is largely individual in nature.
During menstruation, do not take a bath, swim or play sports. Doctors consider this delusion to be the most widespread, and therefore the most dangerous. On critical days, it is not only possible for a woman to maintain an active image, but also necessary. Doctors even recommend light exercise during this period. You should not give up swimming either, it is only important to observe the thermal regime, not to overcool and pay attention to protective equipment. The only possible and effective remedy in this case is just tampons, since they absorb blood even in the vagina, providing protection against leakage. There is no connection between taking a bath and critical days, you just need not to overdo it with the temperature of the water and the time of the procedure.