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Tampon Information

TAMPON ADVICE & INFORMATION

Discover the product information for your chosen brand of tampons, as well as general tampon safety tips. Click on your brand for information and guidance on how to use.

Tampax
Tampax Pearl
Tampax Compak
Tampax Compak Pearl
Lil-Lets (non-applicator)
U By Kotex Sleek
U by Kotex Click

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic Shock Syndrome is rare but it can be deadly so it’s best to understand the symptoms.Toxic Shock Syndrome – or TSS – occurs when usually harmless bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus bacteria get into the bloodstream and produce dangerous toxins.

Symptoms are rapid and can develop very quickly. These include:

– A high fever
– Flu-like symptoms including a sore throat, head ache and aching muscles
– Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
– Feeling faint or actually fainting
– Feeling confused or dizzy
– A week or so after getting the bug, you may develop a rash and your skin may also peel, especially on the hands and feet.
– If you are wearing a tampon and you experience any of these symptoms, remove the tampon immediately, get some medical assistance.

General tampon safety tips

Regardless of what brand of tampon you use, these tips these tips will ensure that you are keeping yourself safe:

– Wash your hands before and after inserting/removing your tampon.
– Never use a tampon in anticipation of your period. They should only be used when your period has started.
– Remember to change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours. This means that you might need to use a towel if you sleep for more than 8 hours at night. Wearing a tampon for more than 8 hours increases your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
– Use the lowest absorbency for your flow. It’s better to use more tampons, changing regularly than using a higher absorbency and change less frequently.
– Use a sanitary towel occasionally. This is particularly relevant towards the end of your period when your flow becomes much lighter.
– Don’t forget to remove your used tampon before inserting a new one. You may think that’s obvious, but it has been done in the past!

Tampax

1. Remove the applicator from the wrapper. Find the Tampax anti slip grip at the bottom of the outer applicator tube. Use your thumb and middle finger to hold the applicator firmly on these rings. The removal cord should be hanging down from the inner push tube.
2. Use your other hand to fold back the skin that covers the opening of your vagina. Place the rounded tip of the outer applicator tube to your vaginal opening. Point the tip towards your lower back.
3. Remember your vagina slopes towards the bottom of your back, not straight up. Take a few breaths and then gently push the applicator in the vagina. As soon as your fingers touch your body, the applicator is in the right place. If the applicator doesn’t slide in easily, gently rotate it or move it to the right or left as you push.
4. Keep hold of the outer applicator tube at the anti grip slip. With your index finger, push the inner push tube all the way into the outer applicator tube (or use your other hand to push in the inner push tube). One tube is now inside the other.
5. Carefully remove the two tubes. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you with the removal cord hanging outside your body.
6. To remove your tampon, bend your knees a little with your feet apart and relax. Pull the removal cord forwards at the same angle you used to insert the tampon. The tampon may be flushed down the toilet if there is no litter bin.

Tampax Pearl

1. After washing your hands, take the product out of the wrapper.
2. Get into a comfortable position. Either sit on the toilet with knees apart or squat slightly with knees or stand with one foot on the toilet seat.
3. After removing the outer wrapper, pull the inner tube out until it clicks and locks in place.
4. Insert the applicator. Hold the outer insertion tube with your thumb and middle finger. With the removal string hanging down, insert the tip at a slight upward angle, approximately a 45 degrees angle. Slide the outer insertion tube all the way into you vagina until your fingers touch your body.
5. Push the tampon inside. Push the inner tube with your pointer finger all the way into the outer tube, or use your other hand to push the inner tube.
6. Remove the inner and outer applicator tubes at the same time. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you, with the removal string hanging outside your body. When a tampon is inserted properly, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. If you feel uncomfortable, the tampon may not be placed in far enough. If this happens, remove the tampon and try again with a new one.
7. Do not flush the plastic applicator or wrapper down the toilet. Please place them in an appropriate waste container.
8. To remove, relax your muscles. Slowly and gently pull the removal string downward at the same angle you used to insert the tampon. If you feel discomfort while removing the tampon, it may not have fully absorbed.

Tampax Compak

1. The first thing to do is wash your hands. To open the wrapper, tear off the top.
2. The Tampax Compak tampon is contained inside the plastic applicator, which is made of two tubes, one fitting inside the other.
3. You need to extend the applicator to its full size prior to insertion of the tampon. Simply pull the inner tube out until you feel it comes to a stop at the bottom of the outer tube. The tampon is now ready to be inserted.
4. Get yourself into one of the following positions, whichever feels best for you: sit on the loo with your knees wide apart for stand with your knees bent and your legs apart, or stand with one leg on the toilet. Relax by taking a few deep breaths.
5. Find the grooved rins at the bottom of the outer tube. Use your thumb and middle finger to hold the applicator firmly on these rings. The removal cord should be hanging down from the inner tube and facing away from your body. Use your other hand to fold back the skin that covers the opening of your vagina. Place the rounded tip of the tampon to your vaginal opening. Point the tip toward your lower back.
6. Remember your vagina slopes towards the bottom of your back, not straight up. Take a few breaths and then gently push the applicator in the vagina. As soon as your fingers touch your body, the applicator is in the right place. If the applicator doesn’t slide in easily, gently rotate it or move it to the right or left as you push.
7. Keep hold of the outer applicator tube. With your index finger, push the smaller tube all the way into the bigger tube (make sure you can’t push further). One tube is now inside the other.
8. Carefully remove the two tubes. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you, with the removal cord hanging outside your body.
9. To dispose of the applicator, use the wrapper as a disposable bag. Do not flush it as it’s made of plastic. Now wash your hands again.
10. When you’re ready to remove the tampon, relax and pull the removal cord downwards at the same angle as you used to insert the tampon. We don’t recommend flushing the tampon if a waste bin is available. Do not flush the applicator or wrapper.

Tampax Compak Pearl

1. After washing your hands, take the product out of the wrapper by opening it at the perforations.
2. Get into a comfortable position. Either sit on the toilet with knees apart or squat slightly with knees or stand with one foot on the toilet seat.
3. After removing the outer wrapper, pull the inner tube out until it clicks and locks in place.
4. Insert the applicator. Hold the outer insertion tube by the grooved ridges with your thumb and middle finger. With the removal string hanging down, insert the tip at a slight upward angle, approximately a 45 degrees angle. Slide the outer insertion tube all the way into you vagina until your fingers touch your body.
5. Push the tampon inside. Push the inner tube with your pointer finger all the way into the outer tube, or use your other hand to push the inner tube.
6. Remove the inner and outer applicator tubes at the same time. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you, with the removal string hanging outside your body. When a tampon is inserted properly, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. If you feel uncomfortable, the tampon may not be placed in far enough. If this happens, remove the tampon and try again with a new one.
7. Do not flush the plastic applicator or wrapper down the toilet. Please place them in an appropriate waste container.
8. To remove, relax your muscles. Slowly and gently pull the removal string downward at the same angle you used to insert the tampon. If you feel discomfort while removing the tampon, it may not have fully absorbed.

Lil-Lets (non-applicator)

1, Firstly wash your hands.
2. Unwrap the tampon by twisting the wrapper in opposite directions and remove the wrapper from the cord end.
3. Pull the cord away from the base of the tampon and then give it a gentle tug to ensure it’s secure.
4. Now remove the wrapper from the top of the tampon.
5. Use your fingertips to guide the tampon into place, aim up and backwards towards the small of your back.
6. You’ll know the tampon is in place when you can no longer feel it. If you still feel it, you may need to push it further into place.
7.Now wash your hands again.

U by Kotex Sleek

1. Wash your hands first. Take off the tampon’s plastic wrap and throw it away. Do not flush the wrapper. Gently tug on the string and make sure that the string is hanging out of the inner tube.
2. Hold on to the textured Perfect Touch grip area with your thumb and middle finger keeping your pointer finger free.
3. Find a comfortable position, either sitting (with your knees apart) or standing with one foot elevated. Relaxing will make insertion easier.
4. Insert the tip of the applicator into the opening of your vagina and gently glide it toward your lower back until your fingers are just touching your body.
5. To fully insert the tampon, push the inner tube with your pointer finger all the way into the outer tube. The tampon should feel comfortable inside of you, and the string should be outside of your body. If you feel any discomfort, the tampon may not be properly in place – remove the tampon and try inserting a new one.
6. Gently withdraw the applicator and dispose. Do not flush the applicator. Wash your hands.
7. To remove the tampon, relax and pull with gentle, constant pressure on the string at the same angle as the tampon was inserted.
8. If you have trouble getting the tampon out, see your doctor or clinic for help.

U by Kotex Click

1. After washing hands, remove tampon from wrapper by tearing along the dashed line.
2. Extend the compact applicator by pulling on the smaller inner tube while holding the textured grip area. Pull firmly until it clicks.
3. Gently tug on the string to make sure it is hanging outside the tube.
4. Grasp textured grip, keeping pointer finger free.
5. Relax and find a comfortable position. Insert the applicator into your vagina at a slight upward angle, until your fingers are just touching your body. With your pointer finger, push the inner tube all the way into the outer tube, with the string outside your body.
6. Withdraw the applicator and dispose. Do not flush the applicator or wrapper. Wash your hands.
7. The tampon should feel comfortable. If you feel any discomfort, the tampon may not be placed properly. Remove it and insert a new one.
8. To remove the tampon, relax and pull the string at the same angle as the tampon was inserted. Dispose.
9. Change you tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours. Remove each tampon before you insert a new one. Remove the last tampon at the end of your period.
10. If you have trouble getting the tampon out, see your doctor or clinic for help.

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