Choosing the Right Tampon Absorbency

When it comes to “that time of the month,” nearly half of American women use tampons as their menstrual product of choice. Tampons are a safe and comfortable alternative to pads, provided they are used correctly. Many women feel that tampons allow them to stay more active despite their period. Some say they feel cleaner when they use a tampon rather than a pad.

When it comes to tampons, size matters. But figuring out which tampon size for you can be intimidating. Not sure if you’re using the right tampon size? Don’t worry – here are five easy ways to ensure that you’re using the correct size of tampon for your period.

Does Size Matter?

Tampons come in a range of size from junior to super plus, but the most common sizes by far are regular and super. Regular tampons typically hold 6 to 8 grams of menstrual flow, while super tampons typically are used for 9 to 12 grams of menstrual flow.

Many women automatically select biggest size of tampons hoping for the optimal protection against embarrassing leaks. It doesn’t hurt to have more absorbency than you need, right? Unfortunately, bigger is not always better when choosing a tampon. For one thing, most women find smaller organic tampons to be more comfortable to wear. And anyone who has ever tried to remove a dry tampon knows what an unpleasant experience that can be.

But the biggest reason to avoid using a tampon that is too big is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is a rare, but serious complication that can result from improper tampon use. This serious bacterial infection can cause a sudden high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting, rashes, seizures, and more. While the condition can be treated, it is life-threatening. Although TSS is rare, the risks are higher when using super absorbent tampons.

Choose the Lowest Absorbency Possible

When picking out a tampon, you want to choose the lowest absorbency possible that meets your menstrual needs. Tampons need to be changed every 4 to 6 hours. At the end of this time frame, your tampon should be full, but not leaking when using the correct absorbency level. If you find that your tampon is overflowing at the 3 hour mark, then you should try a bigger size. If your tampon is coming out dry after 6 hours, try a smaller size.

Go with the Flow

The amount of your flow can vary significantly during the course of your period. Some days are heavier while other days are lighter. Every woman’s cycle is different, but generally the first 2 to 3 days are the heaviest with the flow gradually tapering off during the remainder of the period. The size of your tampon should mirror the size of your flow. Most women require at least 2 different sizes of tampons to cover the range of their cycle.

What works for you right now could change in the future. There are many things that can cause changes to your period, such as medication changes, a recent pregnancy, or if you are approaching menopause. Pay attention to your flow and adapt your tampon absorbencies to match it.

Add Extra Protection

If you’re worried about your tampon leaking, wearing a panty liner or organic pad as extra protection can give you peace of mind. This is a great trick especially when you are trying to figure out which absorbency is right for you. Panty liners are super thin and comfortable to wear now. Some styles can even be folded to fit a thong.

Try Organic Tampons

While you are finding the right tampon absorbency for your period, it is the perfect time to think about what you are putting into your body. Many brands of tampons include toxic chemicals. Why would you want to put things like chlorine bleach, dyes, fragrance, or dioxin into your most sensitive area? Organic tampons are a chemical-free, safe alternative.

Kali offers monthly organic tampons and organic pads boxes that ship monthly or bi-monthly right to your doorstep. You can even customize your absorbency levels to match your menstrual needs.

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