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How often should I change my menstruation pads/tampon?Sanitary napkins (pads) should be changed as often as necessary, before the pad is soaked with menstrual flow. Each woman decides for herself what is comfortable. Tampons should be changed often (at least every 4-8 hours). Make sure that you use the lowest absorbency of tampon needed for your flow. For example, do not use super absorbency on the lightest day of your period. This can put you at risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
TSS is a rare but potentially deadly disease. Women under 30, especially teenagers, are at a higher risk for TSS. Using any kind of tampon - cotton or rayon of any absorbency - puts a woman at greater risk for TSS than using menstrual pads. The risk of TSS can be lessened or avoided by not using tampons, or by alternating between tampons and pads during your period.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following tips to help avoid tampon problems:
- Follow package directions for insertion.
- Choose the lowest absorbency for your flow.
- Change your tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.
- Consider alternating pads with tampons.
- Know the warning signs of toxic shock syndrome.
- Don't use tampons between periods.
If you experience any of the following symptoms while you are menstruating and using tampons, you should contact your health care provider immediately:
- High fever that appears suddenly
- Muscle aches
- Dizziness and/or fainting
- Sunburn-like rash
- Sore throat
- Bloodshot eyes
More information on menstruationWhat is menstruation? - Menstruation is a woman's monthly bleeding. Menstruation is a very complicated process involving many different hormones, the woman's sex organs and the brain.
What is a normal menstrual cycle? - The menstrual cycle is a term used to describe the sequence of events that occur within a womenĄŻs body as it prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month.
At what age does menstruation typically begin? - Girls start menstruating at the average age of 12. However, girls can begin menstruating as early as 8 years of age or as late as 16 years of age.
How often does a girl get her menstruation period? - Menstruation period happen about once a month. They last for four to seven days after which there is a pause of about 23 days (three weeks or so) until the next period.
How long does a woman have periods? - Women usually continue having periods until menopause. Menopause occurs around the age of 51, on average. The second part (from ovulation to onset of bleeding) is almost always 14 days long.
What kinds of problems do women have with their periods? - Women can have various kinds of problems with their periods, including pain, heavy bleeding, and skipped periods.
How often should I change my pad/tampon? - Sanitary napkins (pads) should be changed as often as necessary, before the pad is soaked with menstrual flow. Tampons should be changed often (at least every 4-8 hours).
What is amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)? - Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. There are two categories: primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea.