10 Myths You’ve Heard About Tampons That Aren’t True

Embarrassing confession time! When I was younger, I was really scared of tampons. I read a lot of teen girl magazines (like Seventeen and CosmoGirl), and for some reason, those mags loved publishing horrifying tampon stories about girls who died from TSS or people who forgot they left a tampon inside of themselves. I read these stories and thought about sticking a foreign object in my down-there area, and I wanted to cry.

Needless to say, it took me a long time to be able to actually use tampons. But once I started using them, I couldn’t help wondering what took me so long. Now, tampons are one of my favorite inventions ever! I know they’re not for everyone, but for me, tampons make my period more manageable, and make me feel so much more comfortable. They’re great!

But I realize that not everyone feels this way. In fact, tampons often get a bad rep. There are a lot of crazy myths floating around out there about tampons, and I know they used to freak me out, so I’m sure they freak some of you out as well. Here are 10 myths you’ve heard about tampons that definitely aren’t true: 

Have you ever heard of these tampon myths? Which do you disagree on? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Kay

    Too many false ideas here.

    Overnight: 8 hours is maximum time, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to leave that long on a regular basis – this is too long to allow bacteria to multiply and if you can go that long without leaking you’re using too high an absorbency – when laying down less blood may flow down into the tampon so this is a bigger consideration overnight. You also should alternate with pads often to allow the vagina a chance to clean and repair itself after tampon use, overnight is easiest for this.

    Health: we don’t know the full health impacts of tampons or the ingredients used in commercial brands, which is a worry in itself, but we do know that tampons do in fact pose significant risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and increased risk of vaginal infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis due to impact on vaginal flora. We also know that there is no safe level of dioxin and rayon poses higher risk of TSS.