Is It Okay To Use Scented Tampons?

There are lots of different tampons to choose from which can make finding the right one a challenge. There are ones made out of different materials, ones that have different applicators, ones with different absorbency, colored tampons, and of course countless different sizes and shapes depending on how heavy your flow is.

One type of tampon that you might have noticed is scented tampons. If you’ve concerned about the smell of period blood, you might be tempted to try a scented tampon in the hopes it *freshens* things up down there, but you might be concerned about whether putting a scented tampon up your hoo-ha is the best thing for your vagina. Here’s the deal on whether you should use scented tampons.

Cut to the chase, are scented tampons bad for you?

If you’ve Googled it, you will see that there are some very definite opinions on using scented tampons. The consensus from experts is that they’re best avoided as they can cause irritation down there.

So, why do they make scented tampons then?

This is a big question and could apply to the majority of products out there. Why do they make anything? If there is a demand, or execs can make you think you need something, then they will put it out there. Think about douching kits. We know they’re unnecessary and can mess up down there, but you can still buy them.

Like I mentioned earlier, some people can feel self-conscious on their periods and are worried about keeping fresh down there, so, if they see a scented tampon, they will be tempted to buy it.

Why are scented tampons worse than regular ones?

It’s actually the ingredients that make a tampon smell nice that are the trouble. (Ironic, I know.) Those artificial fragrances can cause all sorts of problems down there. Good Housekeeping reports that scented tampons can throw off the pH of your vagina. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but it can actually cause yeast infections and/or bacterial vaginosis. Not fun, eh?

FYI: If you were concerned about the way your vagina smelled before, both conditions can actually make your vagina smell worse, giving it a distinct fishy scent.

Do all people have negative reactions to scented tampons?

No. Board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, M.D. told Glamour that some ladies can use them and not react at all. Then there are those who can experience vaginal irritation. The issue is that you don’t know how you’re going to react until you actually use one of the tampons.

Any closing thoughts?

Menstruation is part of your body’s way of looking after itself. It’s a natural, normal process so we really shouldn’t try to change anything because as we have found out that can cause more trouble. It’s best to stick with your regular unscented tampons and ensure that you’re changing them regularly.

Have you ever used scented tampons? Let us know in the comments!

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