How to use tampons

Tips for first time users

Oi's easy-to-follow guide on how to use a tampon.

How to use a tampon

What is the difference between Non-Applicator Tampons & Applicator Tampons?

Non-Applicator Tampons

The tampon is inserted manually by guiding it up into your vagina using your fingers. Because there is less packaging this tampon is discrete and easy to carry, there is also less waste. It is also our most affordable tampon.

Applicator Tampons

The Oi biodegradable applicator is used to guide the tampon and push it into your vagina, without touching the tampon. Some girls and women prefer this way of inserting a tampon.


Which absorbency should I use?

Some periods are heavy and others light and may differ between a young girl and an adult woman.

Sometimes a woman’s choice of contraception can affect menstruation. This is why Oi tampons are designed in a range of convenient absorbencies. Tampons come in four absorbencies; 6gms and under for light flow, 6-9gms suitable for a medium flow, 9-12gms suitable for medium-heavy flow and 12-15gms suitable for heavy flow.


How do I insert a non-applicator tampon?

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before inserting a tampon.
  • Remove the coloured tear tape and wrapper from the tampon.
  • Carefully unwind the removal cord. While holding the cord and tampon firmly, tug the cord once to ensure that it’s securely attached. If the cord is loose or detached discard it and use a new one.
  • Hold the tampon at the end and insert it with your finger into your vagina.
  • The easiest way to do that is when your body posture is relaxed. Push the tampon into your vagina as far back as possible. It is correctly inserted when you cannot feel it anymore. If you can still feel the tampon, it needs to be inserted deeper.
  • The removal cord should now be hanging outside your vagina.


How to insert cardboard applicator tampon

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. With dry hands unwrap the tampon. Twist the top of the applicator to unlock it.
  • Sit or stand in a comfortable position, some women prefer to stand with one leg on the toilet seat while others prefer to squat. Hold the applicator between your thumb and index finger at the point where the smaller inner tube inserts into the larger outer tube. Make sure the string is visible and pointing away from your body.
  • With your other hand gently push the applicator into the vaginal opening, aiming for the small of your back. Stop when your fingers touch your body and the outer tube of the applicator is completely inside your vagina.
  • Once the applicator or outer tube is inside your vagina, use your index finger to push the inner tube into the outer tube. This action pushes the tampon inside your vagina.
  • Once the inner tube is completely inside the outer tube, gently remove the applicator.
  • Make sure that the tampon string hangs outside your vaginal opening.
  • Remember to thoroughly wash your hands before and after you insert and remove a tampon.


When to change your tampon

Though your needs will depend on your individual flow, you should change your tampon 3–6 times a day (recommended every 4 hours).

We recommend not to use a tampon overnight. Use the lowest absorbency tampon needed to suit that day’s flow.

It is likely that at the start of your period you will require a more absorbent tampon or pad as your period may be heavier, but then you should change to a lighter absorbency as your flow decreases until your period stops.

Removing the Tampon

Relax and gently pull the removal cord so that the tampon slides out.

If you cannot find the removal cord, it can usually be reached from a squatting position using your fingers. Remember to remove the current tampon before inserting another and always remember to remove the last tampon at the end of your period.

A tampon should be changed every four hours. If you need to change it more often than that, try a tampon with a higher absorbency rating. If changing your tampon is uncomfortable and the tampon still shows white after the recommended time, try a tampon with lower absorbency or other sanitary options.

Select the absorbency rating that suits your menstrual flow and always choose the lowest absorbency to reduce risks associated with tampon use.

Disposal of the Tampon

Oi tampons are biodegradable.

If you have access to biodegradable collection or disposal you can use this. Otherwise wrap in a piece of toilet paper and dispose in the trash. Never flush tampons down the toilet.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Tampon use has been associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) a rare but serious condition that may cause death. All women and girls using tampons risk TSS, which is reportedly higher for those under 30 years and teenage girls.

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