7 Reason Not To Use Tampons & 8 Reasons To Use Pads

7 Reason Not To Use Tampons & 8 Reasons To Use Pads

Remember that scene in She’s the Man where Amanda Bynes convinces Channing Tatum to stick a tampon up his nose to stop a nosebleed? Channing spots Amanda Bynes, dressed as a boy, rifling through her things to look for a tampon. He asks, “Why do you have tampons in your boot?” and Bynes quickly responds, “Uh… I get really bad nosebleeds…” Cut to later when Channing Tatum is lounging in bed with a tampon dangling from his nose.

While Channing Tatum might have been convinced of the benefits of tampons, there is actually a lot of shady practices in the feminine-hygiene product industry that have us asking a lot of questions. What are tampons made of? Are tampons doing weird things to our bodies? Is it normal to be uncomfortable with tampons? And most importantly, what are the alternatives?

Because discussion around periods is steeped in secrecy, these conversations are not often had in such a public manner. Openly discussing things like pads and tampons is a relatively new phenomenon, reflecting changing attitudes our society holds towards people who have periods. What’s interesting about tampons is that although they are largely touted as normal in North American society, the majority of the world still chooses pads. This is largely because in developing societies and in many cultures, the use of tampons is thought to be immoral. The reasoning behind this is problematic, and absolutely not a reason base a decision off of. What you should take into consideration is the environmental impact of disposable feminine hygiene products, as well as the potential consequences tampons, may have on your health. If you’re curious about the cons of tampon use versus the use of pads, read on. You might be surprised at what you’ll learn!

15 Improper Use Of Tampons Can Lead To Serious Infections

15 Improper Use Of Tampons Can Lead To Serious Infections

The 1980s and 90s were replete with horror stories in girls’ magazines about the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Toxic Shock Syndrome, a kind of Staph infection, can occur if a tampon is left inserted for too long, causing bacteria to grow. TSS is an infection of the circulatory system that can often be deadly. The uptick in diagnoses of TSS directly correlated with tampon use, and while the phenomenon is relatively rare, it is incredibly dangerous. The symptoms of TSS can resemble that of the flu, meaning doctors might misdiagnose the infection as something else with potentially life-threatening consequences. Model Lauren Wasser has documented her struggle with TSS on Instagram, which led to the removal of both of her legs. Despite this, she continues to work as a model while using her platform to raise awareness. Men are also able to contract TSS, according to Global News, because the infection can occur from burns, bug bites, and even following surgery. The majority of cases, however, occur in young women who use tampons. The relationship between the bacteria and tampon use isn’t totally understood – it doesn’t occur with every misuse of the product – but the data speaks for itself. To complicate matters further, because young women generally haven’t developed the antibodies necessary to fight the infection, the rate of occurrence is much higher in younger populations. If you choose to use tampons, make sure to follow the package instructions, and be aware of the symptoms of TSS.