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Debunking Myths About Tampons

Tampons are a popular menstrual product for people with periods, but they are also the subject of many myths and misconceptions. Some people believe that tampons can get lost inside the body, or that they are unsafe to use. These tampon myths can create unnecessary fear and anxiety around using tampons, which may lead some people to avoid them altogether.

We're here to debunk common myths about tampons and provide accurate information about how to use them safely and effectively. Whether you're a tampon user or considering trying them for the first time, this article will help you make informed decisions about your menstrual health.

Myth #1: Non-Applicator Tampons are only suitable for heavy flows

Reality: Lil-Lets non-applicator tampons come in six different absorbencies to suit every flow

So, you’ve heard that non-applicator tampons are only suitable for a heavy flow but that simply isn’t the case! You can get non-applicator tampons in several different absorbencies, to cover everything from very light flows to extremely heavy ones. Here at Lil-Lets we make six different absorbencies and are the only company in the UK to do so! Our range looks like this:

We make tampons from lite (for a light flow) to ultra (for an extremely heavy flow), so whatever your flow we’ve got you covered. You may have to try a few different absorbencies to see what works for you as everyone’s body is different, not to mention the fact your flow can differ day to day so you may need to use 2-3 different absorbencies during each cycle.


Myth #2: You can’t sleep in a tampon

Reality: You definitely can, you just need to change it every 8 hours

We hear this one all the time, it’s probably the most common tampon myth. Lots of people think you can’t sleep in a tampon, but you can and actually, a lot of people find them more practical than pads.

We’ve all gone to bed with our pad firmly in place, only to wake and find it’s shifted a teensy weensy bit and we’ve leaked… that or somehow it’s in a completely different place to where we put it, it’s very frustrating! Whereas our width-ways expanding tampons are super comfortable and if you use the right tampon absorbency for your flow, you can be sure you’re protected while you sleep.

When using tampons, one really important thing to remember is that the maximum time you should wear one is 8 hours and after this, you’ll need to change and replace it.

So, if you want to sleep in a tampon you may find that it’s best to insert it last thing before bed and remove it as soon as you wake up. Remember not to flush the tampon when disposing of it.

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Myth #3: The tampon can get lost inside me

Reality: Tampons can’t get lost – they have nowhere to go!

Bear with us here, to explain why a tampon can’t get lost inside you we need a brief biology lesson… starting with the female anatomy.

Your cervix sits at the top of your vaginal passage. Your cervix acts almost like a door to your uterus, however, it’s a very small door… too small for a tampon to pass through!

It’s also worth remembering that tampons have strings for easy removal. The string hangs slightly outside of your body, so when it’s time to remove, you can give it a gentle tug and it will simply glide out.

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Myth #4: Non-Applicator tampons can be tricky to insert

Reality: Like anything new, using a Non-App can take a bit of practice but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll never look back!

At some point in our lives, we’ve all been handed a non-applicator tampon and thought great… what do I do with this?! However, there’s honestly nothing tricky about it, once you know how.

Our top tip would be to wait for a heavier flow day as it’ll make insertion a bit easier, then wash your hands, take a deep breath and follow this guide:


Remember, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and expect to become a non-app pro overnight, it can take people a couple of tries or even cycles to get to grips with inserting a non-app tampon. However, once you’ve got the knack of inserting, it’s like riding a bike… you never forget!

Are you ready to ditch the single-use plastic applicator and join the non-app life?


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