Anonymous
Anonymous asked in HealthWomen's Health · 3 weeks ago

how long to really leave tampon in?

ive googled it and people are saying 3-8 hours which just seems like too much of a difference.

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  • Vicki
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago
    Best Answer

    Depends on the type of tampon and how much you bleed. The smaller the tampon (I'm trying to figure out how to explain that better... I mean, like the ones that say "for light flow") are closer to 3. If you actually have a light flow. Light bleeding, or spotting.

    If it's a heavier flow and you have the right tampon for that, then you can leave it in for 8 hours. As long as you don't bleed more than the tampon can absorb within that 8 hours.

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    There's no preferred length of time. Leave the tampon in until it can't absorb any more blood or until it begins leaking. It might be 4 hours, or it might be 8 hours, jjust depending upon how heavy the menstrual flow is.

    "Light" or "Junior" tampons absorb less flow; "Super" tampons absorb more. Pick the one that best meets your needs.

  • 3 weeks ago

    I wouldnt leave a tampon in for more then 3 hours. Definately not 8, not only unhygenic but risk of infection. Overnight use Pads.

    • Edna
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      It's completely safe to use a tampon overnight. The risk of infection from a tampon is VERY small - unless you forget about it & leave the darn thing in there for over a week.

  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    I was once told by my doctor to leave a tampon in no more than 4 hours, and never all night, wear a pad at night.

    • Edna
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      I very seriously doubt that your doctor ever told you to use a tampon for no more than 4 hours or to wear a pad at night.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    6 - 8 hours is fine, or longer overnight.

  • 3 weeks ago

    uhmmm no you do NOT leave a tampon in for 8 hours. I would say 3 the most.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Each person is different!  My system stayed so moist that I could not even use them! 

    Pray to GOD for this answer. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    It depends on when you can get to the bathroom. More than eight hours is too long. It increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

    • Edna
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      Toxic shock syndrome is caused by a staph infection in an open wound (such as a surgical incision) & most staph infections are found in hospitals.. Tampons don't come into contact with open wounds. The risk of TSS from tampons was discounted in the 1970's.

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