Can I Wear a Tampon Overnight?

Can I wear a tampon overnight? This is a very common question girls ask when they first begin using tampons during their periods. There has been a great deal of publicity in recent years about the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome and, quite understandably, many young girls worry about the prospect of developing such a dangerous illness. So are tampons safe to wear overnight, or is it safer to remove a tampon before bed?

Modern tampons are designed to provide about eight hours of protection. Once inserted correctly, a tampon will stay in place no matter how much you writhe around in your sleep. As long as you change the tampon immediately prior to bed and remove it as soon as you wake up, you will be fine.

Can I wear a tampon overnight if I sleep for longer than eight hours?

If you regularly sleep for longer than eight hours per night, you should consider using a different kind of sanitary protection as the danger of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome is considerably greater when a tampon is left inserted for longer than eight hours. For those women who really can’t stand the idea of using a sanitary pad at night, but regularly sleep for more than eight hours, the answer is to use an alarm clock to make sure you do not sleep longer than the recommended eight hours.

Many women actually prefer to use sanitary pads at night as opposed to tampons as they are considered safer and often feel more comfortable in bed. A tampon is designed to act as an absorbent plug inside your vagina, which means your body cannot breathe. Wearing a sanitary pad for a few hours lets your body have some respite and it helps to prevent minor infections occurring such as thrush.

Whilst tampons are generally considered safe for most users, Toxic Shock Syndrome is a very serious illness and if you regularly use tampons during your period, it is important that you are fully aware of the symptoms. These include:

  • A sudden high temperature
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Rash
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness

If you experience any of these symptoms it is vital that you remove your tampon immediately and seek medical advice. Tell the doctor you have been using tampons and you suspect you might have Toxic Shock Syndrome. The illness is treatable, but it can be fatal if it goes undetected for any length of time.

Can I wear a tampon overnight if my period is due, but has not yet arrived?

Tampons should only be used during your period. Do not use them unless you are menstruating and always use the lowest absorbency tampon you need. If you are concerned your period might arrive while you are in bed, use a sanitary pad to protect your sheets—it is far safer than using a tampon unnecessarily.

What happens if I forget to take my tampon out in time?

If you are lucky, nothing untoward will happen, but if there is a risk you might forget to remove your tampon in time, it is usually better to err on the side of caution and use a sanitary pad instead.

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