So, you're new to tampons. Welcome! You probably have a ton of questions. One being...can I sleep with a tampon in? Is it safe? Can I get TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)? How long can I keep a tampon in?! Well, we have answers for you. Let's dive in!
So, the short answer is yes, you can sleep with a tampon in. BUT you have to be super safe about it. There are also some really great alternatives for sleeping too. Here are some period tips and rules that every one should know before sleeping with a tampon in:
1. Change your tampon every 6 to 8 hours
Put a new one in right before you go to bed, and change it right when you wake up - very important!
2. Only wear a tampon when you’re menstruating
Don’t put a tampon in if you are worried you’re about to get your period. Instead, you can wear a pad or try out our ‘Oh-No’ Proof Underwear, check it out below!
3. Use the Lowest Absorbency Tampon as Possible
It probably seems best to use the highest absorbency tampon (like a super), but you’re probably not going to remember to change it. So try using a regular tampon and wear our period proof underwear.
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Chances are if you have started to use tampons, you probably have heard about TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). It is a rare, but very serious staph bacterial infection. Tampons don’t actually cause the infection, but when one is left in too long, it can create the unwanted breeding ground for bacteria that could produce the toxins.
If you want to read more about TSS, and we highly recommend you do, check out our blog post all about it. It’s important to be responsible and educated to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Other Period Protection Options
Don’t forget, there are always other options when exploring period protection like:
- Period proof shorts: Check out our SLEEPOVER SHORTS! These are similar to our ‘Oh-No’ Proof Underwear, but with a longer liner, so you’ll be protected from leaks all night. They absorb up to 2 tampons of liquid, so you must likely won't need to wear a tampon with them. Check them out below!
- Pads: If you’re used to tampons, pads may feel like you’re wearing a diaper, but they're always a good and safe option to fall back on.
- Menstrual Cup: Just like a tampon, you insert the cup, but instead of soaking it up, the cup collects the blood and can be worn for up to 12 hours. The bonus? There are no dangers to wearing one. Check out our blog about how to use a menstrual cup.
So, moral of the story, you can wear a tampon while you sleep, but you have to be super mindful of the rules. There are a ton of other options that could work better for you. Whatever works best for you and allows you to be the most comfortable is the way to go! Need help with tampons in general? Check out our How-To video below!