There are a lot of falsehoods when it comes to tampons. Here are some of the most common myths we've heard about tampons, and why they're simply not true.
Myth 1: "Using Tampons means you're no longer a virgin"
This is probably one of the most common myths you’ll hear when it comes to tampons. And it simply isn’t true. A lot of people think that using a tampon will break your hymen and therefore you won’t be a ‘virgin’ anymore. The idea that the hymen breaks is false in itself, it stretches. And whilst a tampon might stretch your hymen, it won’t break it. And other factors can also cause your hymen to stretch. An un-stretched hymen does not a virgin make!
Myth 2: “Tampons are better than pads”
We’re all about having choice when it comes to your period care, and whilst tampons might be the best fit for you when it comes to period products it’s not the case for everyone.
Myth 3: “Tampons can get lost inside of you”
A tampon fits into you’re vagina, and can’t go any further. It may go a little higher, and the string can tuck itself up there too, but it’s not lost.
Myth 4: “Tampons cause TSS”
TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome isn’t caused by tampons, it’s actually caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus (staph). TSS is very rare, and very treatable when detected early.
Myth 5: “You can’t pee with a tampon in”
You can pee with your tampon in because it’s in a completely different place. You pee from your urethra, your tampon is in your vagina. Pull the string to the side to ensure it doesn’t get wet when peeing. Change your tampon based on your flow, not the frequency of your bathroom breaks!
Myth 6: “You shouldn’t use your tampon on your first few periods”
There’s no age limit on tampon usage. If you want to use a tampon on your first period, that’s completely fine. If you don’t fancy using a tampon straight away opt for a pad. It’s really up to you.
Myth 7: “Tampons cause endometriosis”
Nope, tampons don’t cause endometriosis. The cause of endometriosis is not yet fully known, but one cause can be what is called a ‘reverse period’ meaning the menstrual flow goes up out of the fallopian tubes. Some people say a tampon will block your cervix and cause the same. This isn’t possible. If a tampon overflows, said overflow will come out your vagina, not up into your cervix.